New-generation Nokia 2 and Nokia 3 debuts in PH

Nokia brand owner HMD Global introduced on Wednesday, Aug. 15, the new Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 3.1 smartphones in the local market.

The new Nokia 3.1 (left) and the Nokia 2.1 smartphones

Joining the Android One family, the Nokia 3.1 is endorsed by Google as a best-in-class experience across hardware and software given its price point. The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, combines a larger screen and dual front-front facing speakers with a two-day battery life.

“At HMD Global, innovation means merging premium quality with affordability and accessibility. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1 are just two of the breakthroughs we are proud to bring to the Filipinos, with the design and technology upgrade for even better mobile experience,” said Shannon Mead, HMD Global Philippines country manager.

“The Nokia 3.1 brings perfect balance between power and design while the Nokia 2.1 gives better and long-lasting experience with its great battery life, faster processor, bigger screen and dual front-facing stereo speakers.”

Like the original, the new Nokia 3.1 has an anodized machined metal frame and sculpted glass display. The subtle but striking metal accents are matched with dual diamond cuts for a premium finish. It is Nokia mobile’s most-affordable 18:9 smartphone, delivering the same screen ratio users get from modern flagships to give them more content with a single glance in a slim device.

Just the right size for single-handed use, it now packs a larger 5.2-inch HD+ display protected by a damage-resistant 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to keep its original aesthetic. It runs on an octa-core MediaTek 6750 chip, which gives its user twice the processor cores and 50-percent faster performance than the previous generation.

Featuring an upgraded 13MP auto-focus rear camera, the Nokia 3.1 captures the memories that its user would want to relive over and over while the wide-angle front camera fits more subjects into every selfie.

Thanks to its full set of sensors — usually only found on premium phones — the Nokia 3.1 runs the latest apps and features effortlessly. Users can make the most out of popular AR apps such as Pokémon Go, pay securely and easily with Google Pay, and capture the whole scene with panoramic imaging.

Designed to deliver long-lasting entertainment to consumers who are always on-the-go, the Nokia 2.1 meanwhile comes with a two-day battery life, a large 5.5-inch HD screen, and dual front-facing stereo speakers.

The Nokia 2.1’s powerful 4,000mAh battery now charges even faster so users can get back up and running even more quickly than before. With its HD display 20-percent bigger than the original, Nokia mobile fans can now enjoy high-definition videos on the go. The dual speakers, with bespoke 3D formed stainless steel detail, provide amazing stereo sound.

The upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 64-bit Mobile Platform gives users 50-percent faster and smoother performance to enable efficient and fast switching between apps. Nokia 2.1’s cameras allow users to capture the action wherever they are with its 5MP front-facing selfie snapper or 8MP rear camera with auto focus.

The Nokia 3.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates as guaranteed in the Android One program. This puts the new Nokia 3.1 among the most-secure phones out there, always up-to-date with the latest Google services such as Google Assistant and Google Photos with free unlimited high-quality photo storage.

Tailored to devices with 1GB RAM or less, Android Oreo (Go edition) is what’s operating Nokia 2.1 with a new range of apps from Google designed to run faster while consuming less data.

Optimized to be smooth and fast, these include Google Go Web search app, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go and Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), to quickly send messages, make calls, set alarms and do more, simply by using your voice.

The back part of the Nokia 3.1 (left) and the Nokia 2.1

Availability and pricing

The Nokia 3.1 will be available in Black/Chrome on August 29 and will retail for P9,990.

Coming in three colors — Blue/Copper, Blue/Silver, Gray/Silver — the Nokia 2.1 is available starting August 29 for P5,990.

With HMD Global’s extended partnership with Home Credit, buyers can also avail the Nokia 2.1 and the Nokia 3.1 at 0% interest for a 6-month installment period.

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