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Nokia at MWC 2018 (hands-on)

Introduction

Nokia is starting its second year as a new-look Android maker but it already has a big portfolio to build on and a solid market position to build from. More importantly it has a great relationship with Google which has enabled Nokia to supply its phones with fast, clean as well as up to date and secure software.

2017 brought us a couple of midrange Nokia phones with solid specs at low prices and its first Android flagship in the sensible Nokia 8. 2018 is starting like more of the same – sensible midrangers, but we’ll have to wait for Nokia’s true 2018 flagship.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Specs

Body: Gorilla Glass 5, stainless steel frame; 140.93×72.97×7.5mm.
Screen: 5.5-inch, 16:9, QHD p-OLED
Rear Camera: Main 12MP, 1.4um, f/1.75 lens; Secondary 12MP 2x Telephoto, 1.0um, f/2.6 lens; Dual-tone LED flash, ZEISS optics
Front Camera: 5MP (1.4um), f/2.0, 84-degree FOV, Display Flash
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core 2.5GHz + 1.8GHz
Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Battery: 3260mAh, Quick Charge 4.0, 50% in 30 minutes, Qi Wireless Charging
Connectivity: Optional dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB Type-C
Misc: Fingerprint reader, IP67 water and dust protection

From its Mobile World Congress 2018 lineup we’d pick the Nokia 8 Sirocco as the top gun of the pack. It may be something of a Nokia 8 rehash, on paper, but make no mistake, this is an honest to goodness flagship in person.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco – the Sirocco bit being a nod to Nokia’s stainless steel 8800 Sirocco slider from back in the day – shares the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB of RAM of the Nokia 8, but adds a bigger 5.5-inch p-OLED QHD display, IP67 water proofing, all new dual and front-facing cameras, Wireless Charging and a lovely dual Gorilla Glass 5 body with a stainless steel frame in between. The Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available in April for 749.

Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on

Nokia 7 Plus Specs

Body: Aluminum body with ceramic-feel coating; 158.38×75.64×9.55mm.
Screen: 6.0-inch, 18:9, FHD+ 2160×1080, IPS LCD, laminated, polarized
Rear Camera: Main 12MP, 1.4um, f/1.75 lens; Secondary 13MP 2x Telephoto, 1.0um, f/2.6 lens; Dual-tone LED flash, ZEISS optics
Front Camera: 16MP (1.0um), f/2.0
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2GHz + 1.8GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB, microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Battery: 3800mAh, Quick Charge
Connectivity: Optional dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB Type-C
Misc: Fingerprint reader

Next up is the Nokia 7 Plus – Nokia’s first 18:9 smartphone. While it’s not technically a flagship, because of its use of a Snapdragon 660, it does have flagship-grade build quality, display and cameras.

The Nokia 7 Plus is machined from a single piece of aluminum and then covered with 6 layers of paint for a grippier finish, which Nokia likens to ceramic. The phone comes in either Black or White with Copper accents. The look and feel is reminiscent of a Google Pixel 2 XL. The Nokia 7 Plus will be available from April at 399.

Nokia 7 Plus hands-on

Nokia 6 (2018) Specs

Body: Aluminum body with two-toned anodization; 148.8×75.8×8.60mm.
Screen: 5.5-inch, 16:9, 1920×1080, IPS LCD, laminated
Rear Camera: 16MP, 1.0um, f/2.0 lens, ZEISS optics, Dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera: 8MP 1.12um, f/2.0, wide 84-degree FOV
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, octa-core 2.2GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB, microSD slot for up to 128GB expansion
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Battery: 3000mAh, Quick Charge – 50% in 30 minutes
Connectivity: Optional dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB Type-C
Misc: Fingerprint reader

Next up is a phone, we’re already familiar with. The Nokia 6 (2018) is already official so we know all about it. It has retained the screen, camera and battery but has a faster Snapdragon 630, which Nokia claims makes the 2018 Nokia 6 60% faster than the 2017 model.

The Nokia 6 (2018) also features two toned anodization and comes in three finishes – Black with Copper accents, White with Iron accents and our favorite – Blue with Gold accents. The Nokia 6 (2018) will be available starting April for 279.

Nokia 6 (2018) hands-on

Nokia 1 Specs

Body: Plastic body with removable back; 133.6×67.78×9.5mm.
Screen: 4.5-inch, 16:9, FWVGA 854×480, IPS LCD
Rear Camera: 5MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 2MP
Chipset: MediaTek MT6737M, octa-core 1.1GHz
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB, microSD slot for up to 128GB expansion
OS: Android Oreo (Go Edition)
Battery: 2150mAh, removable
Connectivity: Optional dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/AGPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Micro USB
Misc:Only $85

The Nokia 1 is Nokia’s first Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone. It will arrive in April for the modest sum of just $85.

For that price you’ll get a simple but colorful plastic body, a 5MP camera with LED flash, 4.5-inch IPS LCD, quad-core MediaTek chipset with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and 4G connectivity.

Being an Android Go Edition smartphone, the Nokia 1 has access to Google Play and the redesigned Google apps for smartphones with less RAM.

Nokia 1 hands-on

Nokia 8110 4G Specs

Body: Plastic slider feature phone.
Screen: 2.4-inch, QVGA, curved LCD
Rear Camera: 2MP
Chipset: Qualcomm 205, dual-core 1.1GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 4GB built-in storage
OS:Smart Feature OS
Battery: 1500mAh
Connectivity: Single SIM (4G), FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/AGPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Misc:Slide to answer a call

And finally there’s the Nokia 8110 4G, a reimagining of the Nokia 8110 slide phone from 1996. The Nokia 8110 4G is built around the same platform as the Nokia 3310 4G making it cheap and simple and able to make and take calls on a 4G network.

Bonus features – you can accept and end calls using the addictive mechanical slider.

Nokia 8110 hands-on