Nokia is expanding its range just before the end of the year with three new Android smartphones. At the top is the new Nokia 8.1 officially unveiled, but there are also two affordable smartphones.
Nokia 8.1 officially unveiled
Although the name suggests otherwise, the company presents Nokia 8.1 as a spiritual successor to the Nokia 7 Plus. Where the first Nokia 8 was a real flagship, the 8.1 has the power of a middle class. The device has a dual camera, 6.2-inch screen, and Snapdragon 710 chip.
In China, the device has been available for a while as the Nokia X7, but here the Finnish manufacturer chooses a slightly different name. An exact release date of the Nokia 8.1 in the Netherlands is still unknown but the device is available here from the beginning of 2019. The suggested retail price is 399 euros for a Nokia 8.1 with 64GB storage space and 4GB RAM. The most important specifications at a glance:
- 2-inch screen with full HD resolution
- Runs on Android Pie
- 12 + 13-megapixel camera on the back, 20-megapixel camera in front
- Snapdragon 710 chipset with 4GB RAM
- 64GB of storage space built-in, expandable with a memory card
- Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
The double camera captures more image according to Nokia in low light situations. This allows you to take night shots that look sharper and clearer. Nokia also uses image recognition to automatically adjust the camera settings based on what is in the picture. At the front is a 20-megapixel camera for selfies.
Also new: Nokia 3.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus
In addition, the company showed two new budget devices, the Nokia 3.1 Plus, and Nokia 5.1 Plus. Both are available in the Netherlands from this month. At a single webshop, they even surfaced yesterday, just before the official announcement. These are more detailed versions of the Nokia 3.1 and 5.1, which have been for sale in the united states for a while.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus costs 179 euros. For that amount, you get a device with a 6-inch screen, a dual camera of 13 and 5 megapixel and a relatively large battery of 3500 mAh. For 259 euros you get the Nokia 5.1 Plus. It has a 5.8-inch screen with a notch, the same dual camera, and a slightly more powerful chipset. On the other hand, the battery is slightly smaller.
Regular updates with Android One
The 5.1 Plus and 3.1 Plus are still running on Android Oreo but can count on fast and regular updates. They are part of the Android One program, which means that you can count on all (security) updates released by Google for at least three years after the release. Even if you go for the fairly cheap Nokia 3.1 Plus you are well protected from any vulnerabilities until at least the end of 2021.
The Finnish manufacturer has had an incredibly busy year. In the past twelve months, Nokia released more than a dozen new smartphones. Because they mainly bring out cheap devices, the offer is now quite complicated. Are you looking for a Nokia smartphone between 100 and 200 euros, then you currently have the choice of seven different models.