HMD has announced a new version of the Nokia 8 at Mobile World Congress. The Sirocco variant has a 5.5″ OLED screen, is equipped with 6GB of RAM and has 128GB of storage space. It is an Android One device that runs on Android Oreo.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a 5.5″ OLED screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The resolution is the same as the screen of the Nokia 8 that HMD released last year, but that was a 5.3″ LCD. The screen edges are made thinner on the side, so that the larger screen fits into the device.
The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back and the housing has been adjusted on more points, the new Nokia 8 Sirocco consists almost entirely of glass. The first model has a metal housing. HMD has also omitted the 3.5mm jack on the new device.
Like the Nokia 8, the Sirocco version has a Snapdragon 835-soc, but the new model gets 6GB instead of 4GB ram. The storage space has also been expanded to 128GB of flash memory. The new model has two cameras and this time there is a lens with a longer focal length for the second camera, so that 2x ‘optical zoom’ is possible.
In its announcement, HMD calls the Nokia 8 Sirocco a ‘limited edition’, but whether that will affect the number of copies that will be for sale is not clear. The manufacturer says that the new device will be delivered in the Benelux from May for a suggested retail price of 749 euros.
HMD also presents the Nokia 7 Plus. That device has a metal housing and a 6″ LCD with an 18:9 ratio and a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. The smartphone has the same dual camera as the new Nokia 8. The midrange device contains a Snapdragon 660-soc, The device will be available from April for a suggested retail price of 399 euros.
HMD also comes with a new version of the Nokia 6. That device runs on the Snapdragon 630-soc and has a 5.5″ LCD with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back of the housing and the camera now has a 16-megapixel resolution.A version with 3GB ram and 32GB storage will be released in April for 279 euros and a variant with 4GB ram and 64GB flash storage will cost 299 euros.
All three devices are part of the Android One program and will run Android Oreo when they come on the market. HMD already provided the Nokia devices with an Android version without a clearly present shell, but now they are officially part of Android One. That means it runs a clean Android installation with few extras. Manufacturers often supply their own camera app.
HMD has also announced the Nokia 1 that runs on Android Go. The Nokia 1 has a 4.5″ screen with a resolution of 854×480 pixels, a 1.1GHz MediaTek quadcore, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. There is a 5-megapixel camera on the back. Android Go is a variant of Google’s operating system for budget smartphones.The Nokia 1 will be released in April for a suggested retail price of 89 euros.