[Updated] It wasn’t that long we were sitting in the snow in Spain hearing about Nokia’s new phones for 2018, and despite the flurry of excitement back in February, things have been a little quiet since. Perhaps, it seems, they were a little too quiet.
Very quietly, Nokia seems to be preparing for the launch of the Nokia 7 Plus in Australia, and very soon – on May 4, to be precise. How do we know? Well, thanks to a tip – which you might’ve already seen on Ausdroid – we know that Harvey Norman currently has the Nokia 7 Plus listed for pre-order.
This isn’t just some placeholder page, either. The pricing is listed – $649 – and if you want to pre-order, you can actually place your order today; the ordering process works.
Harvey Norman’s page will even remind you of Nokia 7 Plus’ key features, including:
- Driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 mobile platform and 4GB RAM, the Nokia 7 Plus provides optimal power and performance.
- Take captivating, vivid images using this Nokia 7 Plus’ 16MP front camera with beautify mode and 12MP + 13MP telephoto rear cameras with ZEISS optics and 2x optical zoom.
- The Nokia 7 Plus has a bright 6-inch Full-HD+ display for an immersive viewing experience with exceptional clarity. Its large display is great for split-screen multi-tasking, allowing you to do more.
- With an Android One-optimised 3800mAh battery, the Nokia 7 Plus can last for up to 2 days when fully charged.
- Running on Google’s Android One, this Nokia 7 Plus lets you take advantage of improved security, ease of use with Google Assistant, and high-capacity photo storage with Google Photos.
We’ve reached out to Nokia’s PR firm in Australia to find out a bit more about what’s going on, and whether any other of the new range of Nokia handsets might be following. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.
Update 1: A keen eyed reader has pointed out that there are indeed other new Nokia handsets up for pre-order as well. The Nokia 1 is up for pre-order from $149, and the mid-range Nokia 6 (also powered by Android One) is up for pre-order for $449 too.
What’s the big deal? For starters, each of these phones runs a very pure Android experience – the Nokia 1 runs Android Go, meaning it’s lightweight and updated by Google. The Nokia 6 and 7 Plus run Android One, again meaning a stock Android experience with regular security updates direct from Google.
On top of that, Nokia’s new phones are incredibly good value, and promise to deliver a quality experience too.
Update 2: Each of the three pre-order pages is now offline. Looks like Harvey Norman jumped the gun here, and that the pages have been removed only adds to speculation these three phones will be here in Australia in a couple of weeks.