By Ram Superable Agustin
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, recently unveiled their latest smartphone offerings, which include a flagship-level phone priced like an upper mid-ranger and two budget segment devices.
The handsets will initially be available exclusively on two online shopping platforms: Lazada and Shopee.
Headlining the launch is the Nokia 8.1, the successor of the Nokia 8. the device will be the first among Nokia products to receive the Android Q update. The camera module brings in ZEISS Optics’ 12MP sensor as the main shooter coupled with a secondary 13MP depth sensing lens.
The Nokia 8.1 also has Optical Image Stabilization equipped in the sensors, as well as Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and a Dual Hi-Cri flash. Meanwhile, the front camera is housed in the wide notch and can shoot at 20MP, even produce software-powered background blur (bokeh) effect without a secondary front camera.
The Nokia “trademark” when it comes to durability is also present in the device, which comes sandwiched in glass and an aluminum frame. The viewing experience in the device has also been provided with a PureDisplay panel that delivers visuals on the HDR 10 level for more punchy colors and better clarity and color reproduction. The 6.18″ Full HD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, can reach 500 nits of brightness and has a resolution of 1080×2280.
Running the 8.1 is a Snapdragon 710 SoC clocking at 2.2 GHz with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be expandable up to 400GB. For music enthusiasts, the Qualcomm aptX audio support that emables high quality sound transmission over bluetooth wireless earphones is also available in the device.
The Nokia 8.1 flagship in an Iron Steel color combination retails in Lazada for P19,990 and the first 700 customers will receive a Philippine Airlines (PAL) travel voucher worth P1,000. The first 300 customers will also have free shipping.
The Nokia 2.2 runs Android 9 Pie and even has HDR shooting capabilities. Making an unusual appearance in what is considered a budget phone is the facial recognition feature, although understandable, noting the absence of a fingerprint sensor.
As the first device hailing from the Nokia 2 series accomodated into the Android One program, the 2.2 will also be equipped with AI-enabled low light imaging. It touts a 5.7″ HD+ panel that can reach 400 nits of brightness while the 13MP f/2.2 rear camera runs Google Lens as well.
The 2.2 model costs P5,990 and is available nationwide in Tungsten Black color at official Nokia mobile stores, as well as online retailers Lazada and Shopee.
Nokia 3.2 is highlighted by a 4000mAh two-day battery life and a large HD+ display. Its battery endurance is furthered by Google’s Adaptive Battery feature present on the stock Android 9 Pie UI and since the 6.26″ panel is lowered to HD+ and not FHD+, viewing activities in the device would not be as battery demanding.
The internals of the 3.2 include a Snapdragon 429 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage expandable up to 400GB via Micro SD. It has a fingerprint sensor like the 8.1 and a waterdrop notch as well. The 8.1 sports a single 13MP rear lens and a 5MP front-facing camera while its standby time can reach 21 days and video playback lasts up to 14 hours.
The Nokia 3.2, available only in black, is priced at P7,990 exclusively at Shopee who will give a free discount voucher of P1,000 which reduces the price to P6,990.
Updates and upgrades
Both the Nokia 2.2 and 3.2 come with a dedicated Google Assistant button to show HMD Global’s commitment to the OS. Meanwhile, all three Nokia devices are guaranteed to receive three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS upgrades, which is already present in all of their offerings in all price points.