MWC: Nokia unwraps flagship, mid-range devices

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The Nokia 9 PureView.
The Nokia 9 PureView.

HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use Nokia's brand on mobile phones, has launched four new smartphones and one new feature phone: the Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 1 Plus and Nokia 210.

Nokia unveiled its new products at Mobile World Congress 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.

The flagship Nokia 9 PureView features a rear five-camera set-up with ZEISS Optics. Two of the lenses are 12MP colour and the other three are 12MP monochromatic, or black-and-white, which Nokia says gives pictures sharpness and detail. All five cameras work together to collect up to 10-times the amount of light than a single colour sensor.

Other than the camera set-up, the 6-inch Nokia 9 PureView also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, Qi Wireless charging, and an under-display fingerprint sensor. The recommended selling price is $699, which is around R9 800, but as with all electronics sold in South Africa, the prices are usually higher when they get here due to import tax and mark-up.

In keeping with tradition over the last three years, Nokia has released a feature phone that resembles a device from the early 2000s. In 2017, it brought back a modern take on the iconic 3310, last year it unveiled the redone 8810, and this year it announced the Nokia 210.

The Nokia 210 is the company's cheapest Internet-enabled device. It will be available to buy from March and will sell for $35 (around R500).

The company also unveiled three mid-range Android devices.

The Nokia 4.2, which will start selling at $169 (around R2 350) from April, features an edge-to-edge display, a dual-rear camera (13MP and 2MP) set-up and a dedicated Google Assistant button. The 5.7-inch device runs on a 439 Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and has the latest Android 9 Pie operating system installed.

The Nokia 210.
The Nokia 210.

The Nokia 3.2 should be available from May and prices start at $139 (around R1 950). The smartphone features a 6.26-inch HD+ display and Nokia claims it has a two-day battery life with normal use. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 mobile platform and also has a dedicated Google Assistant button.

The Nokia 1 Plus will be available to buy from mid-March and sell for $99 (around R1 400). The 5.45-inch Nokia 1 Plus has an Android Go (Go Edition) operating system designed specifically for smartphones with 1GB of memory or less.

Android Go Edition aims to offer users the best Android experience at an affordable price, with no added bloatware from the smartphone manufacturer.

There is a set of preloaded Google apps, such as Maps, Gmail and YouTube, that have been redesigned to be lighter on data and memory while providing the same experience.

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