We are barely into 2018 and already the first OEM smartphone manufacturer has released their flagship smartphone, along with more affordable smartphones, for 2018. Nokia has recently introduced the world to three new phones: Nokia 1, Nokia 6 and Nokia 7 Plus. Here is the latest about these new smartphones and whether they are worth buying or not.
The Nokia 1 is a budget Android smartphone with:
- 512MB or 1GB of RAM
- Android Oreo ‘Go edition’ – this is a version of Android that has been stripped back to work on less powerful processors
- 8GB of storage
- 4.5 inch display with 854×480 pixels
- 5 mega pixel camera
- $85 starting price
For the vast majority out there, they will want something a bit better than an $85 dollar budget Android smartphone.
However, there are a lot of people that will see this as a great bargain, particularly in countries such as China and India. For this reason, it is worth a buy, depending on your budget.
The Nokia 6 acts as the ‘middle ground’ between the Nokia 1 and 7 Plus. It is aimed at the mid-market for smartphones and comes with the following specs:
- 5.5 inch full HD display
- Snapdragon 430 chip set (not from the 800 and faster series)
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- 16MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- Premium metal feel
- $229 starting price
The Nokia is still extremely cheap when it is considering to be in the mid-market, competing against Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.
On paper, the specs that are inside the Nokia, which comes with stock Android, illustrate that this is extremely good value for money. However, as already mentioned, there are many good mid-market smartphones running stock Android, such as from Motorola. Therefore, it might come down to something as simple as battery life, for which the Nokia 6 has a 3,000mAh capacity.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus looks to target the upper mid-market for smartphones, similar to what OnePlus do. It comes, therefore, with some big specs, including:
- 6 inch full HD+ display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, to make it edge-to-edge, with minimal bezels.
- Snapdragon 660 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- Dual rear cameras
- 3,000mAh batter
- $490 starting price
The Nokia 7 Plus is definitely an attractive and cheap solution to wanting something that resembles a flagship smartphone.
Saying this, the lack of a 800 series Snapdragon processor is a huge drawback, especially when the likes of OnePlus and LG always have the most up to date processors.
For this reason, it can’t truly be an upper mid-market smartphone but something that is just that bit better than a Nokia 6 and not as good as the true bargains in the mid-market sector of smartphones.
Regardless of this, the release of new smartphones from Nokia makes clear they are a company moving with the times, creating smartphones that are now competing against rivals.