Wednesday , December 19 2018 Ausdroid » Hardware » Mobiles » Meet Nokia’s new budget line up – the Nokia 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has continued to rapidly renew its portfolio of Nokia branded Android smartphones, announcing the latest range of budget smartphones overnight at an event in Russia, launching the Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1.

The latest devices have been designed to satisfy essential consumer needs and the latest Google services, powered by either Android One or Android Go (Oreo Edition) 8.0, combined with the premium craftsmanship and design expected from a Nokia smartphone along with the performance to match.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global has said that

We are encouraged by the response that we are getting to our products. Our consumers tell us they love their Nokia smartphones on Android. It is our constant endeavour to enhance the experience to better suit the everyday needs of our fans. Every single detail on a Nokia smartphone has been designed with consumers in mind, which is why we are delighted to introduce these refined smartphones that deliver a dramatic step up on performance, continue to drive the most premium design elements to price points accessible to everyone and deliver the class-leading quality that you expect from us.

With this range, we deliver larger screens, enhanced performance across our range with processor upgrades offering up to 50% higher performance while maintaining the perfect balance with power consumption and stunning designs – all in a segment where consumers often need to compromise. With our renewed portfolio, you can now enjoy a premium smartphone experience without paying a premium on the price. Each phone radiates effortless style with meticulous attention to detail and no matter your budget, you will be able to find a Nokia smartphone that is right for you.

Nokia 5.1

The Nokia 5.1 has been designed to perform better than the previous generation, the Nokia 5, which was ok but did lack some power and felt stale and old. The new Nokia 5.1 is the only devices in the line up that includes a fingerprint sensor which is located at the centre back of the device.

Key Specifications:Nokia 5.1
Release dateExpected July 2018
Screen size5.5-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCD
Resolution1,080 x 2,160
PPI439
Rear camera16MP
Front camera8MP
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P18
Core configQuad-Core 2.0GHz
RAM3GB/2GB
Storage32GB/16GB
MicroSDYes, up to 256GB
Battery2,970 mAh
Battery removableYes
ConnectorMicroUSB 2.0
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
NFCYes
Android OSAndroid One 8.0 (Oreo)
Vendor skin
Dimensions151.1 x 70.7 x 8.2 mm
Colours
  • Copper
  • Tempered Blue
  • Black

The phone will come in two versions of storage – a 2GB RAM version with 16GB storage onboard or 3GB RAM version with 32GB storage onboard (both have a microSD slot). Of course the end users storage will differ from this.

The Nokia 5.1 is expected to be on sale from approximately July this year and retail from approximately around €189 Euro’s (approx AUD$292) to €219 Euro’s (approx AUD$337) depending on spec brought to each market.

Nokia 3.1

According to HMD Global, the original Nokia 3, released last year, has been one of their most successful devices and biggest franchise to date in the market, according to the company. From this, the company has built the Nokia 3.1 with precision craftsmanship. The Nokia 3.1 ditches the all plastic body to now have a curved screen built into a slim CNC’d aluminium sides with a dual diamond cut to deliver a perfect harmony between design materials and performance.

Key Specifications:Nokia 3.1
Release dateExpected July 2018
Screen size5.1-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCD
Resolution720 x 1,440
PPI310
Rear camera13MP
Front camera8MP
ChipsetMediatek MT6750
Core configOcta-Core 4x1.5 GHz/4x1.0 GHz
RAM3GB/2GB
Storage32GB/16GB
MicroSDYes, up to 256GB
Battery2,990 mAh
Battery removableYes
ConnectorMicroUSB 2.0
Headphone Port
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
NFCYes
Android OSAndroid One 8.0 (Oreo)
Vendor skin
Dimensions146.3 x 68.7 x 8.7 mm
Weight138g
Colours
  • Blue/Copper
  • Black/Chrome
  • White/Iron

The phone will come in two versions of storage – a 2GB RAM version with 16GB storage onboard or 3GB RAM version with 32GB storage onboard (both have a microSD slot). Of course the end users storage will differ from this.

The Nokia 3.1 is expected to be available globally from approximately July this year and retail from approximately around €139 Euro’s (approx AUD$202) to €289 Euro’s (approx AUD$446) depending on which version.

Nokia 2.1

The Nokia 2.1 has been built to last battery wise for up to 2 days thanks in part to the 4,000mAh which the company states now charges even faster so you can get back up and running even more quickly than before. It also comes with front facing stereo speakers along with an even slightly bigger display and body than the previous Nokia 2 edition from last year.

Key Specifications:Nokia 2.1
Release dateExpected July 2018
Screen size5.5-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCD
Resolution720 x 1,280
PPI267
Rear camera8MP
Front camera5MP
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
Core configQuad-core 1.4 GHz
RAM1GB
Storage8GB
MicroSDYes, up to 256GB
Battery4,000 mAh
Battery removableYes
ConnectorMicroUSB 2.0
Headphone Port
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
NFC
Android OSAndroid Go 8.1 (Oreo)
Vendor skin
Dimensions153.6 x 77.6 x 9.7 mm
Weight174g
Colours
  • Blue/Copper
  • Blue/Silver
  • Grey/Silver

The Nokia 2.1 runs Android Go (Oreo Edition) 8.1 and will retail for €99 (approx AUD$153) and will be available globally from approximately July this year.

HMD Global have stated that both the Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 3.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme, whilst it is unsure if the the Nokia 2.1 will receive something similar in regards to monthly security and major OS updates – though I wouldn’t bet on it.

NOkia have become a somewhat new firm favourite within the Ausdroid office and we certainly are happy to see the Nokia name back full time.

We will be reaching out for further information in regards to timeframes and retails partners will be stocking all three devices and will keep you up-to-date once we know more.

Source: HMD Global Pressroom.
Via: GSM Arena.

Alex Dennis   Journalist

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Nice to see 18:9 displays on two of the three new handsets too. I can see these doing well in the Australian prepaid market.

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Mediatek? No thanks.

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