Many people are getting excited about the Galaxy S9 and S9+, LG V30s ThinQ, and all the other high end phones that are being pushed out at MWC this year, however HMD has some goodies we should all be getting excited about. HMD is pushing out the Nokia 6, 7+ and 8 Sirocco with Android One and the Nokia 1 with Android Go. These are incredibly important devices as the Android One program is going to be as close as we will get to having Nexus phones again. These devices will be manufactured by HMD but have their software managed by Google. This is awesome because we will be seeing quick software updates to new security patches and versions of Android with topnotch design and hardware from HMD. In my opinion these are matches made in heaven.
Let’s talk specs for a little bit because these are pretty impressive as well. On the Android Go side we have pretty low end specs with a clean version of Android with Google’s lightweight “Go” applications. We have a 4.5 inch 854×480 display, a Quad Core Mediatek processor clocked at 1.1 GHZ, 1gb of ram, 8gb of storage with micro SD expansion, 2150 MAH battery, a front facing camera at 2mp, and a rear facing camera at 5mp. These specs aren’t going to blow phone out of the water in terms of pure performance but with a light weight version of Android running on it I would expect to see little to no lag when performing basic tasks such as texting, web browsing, email, and watching videos. Going for $85 this will be a fantastic device for anyone looking for a barebones smartphone.
The Nokia 6 is going to be your typical midranger. Snapdragon 630 processor, 3gb ram, 32gb of emmc 5.1 storage with a micro SD card slot, 5.5 inch Full HD display (16:9), 16 MP rear camera with 4K video, 8mp front camera, fingerprint sensor on the rear, USB C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a nice sized 3,000mah battery. Don’t forget, the name of the game here is software and build quality. We have HMD’s amazing build quality and Google’s fantastic stock software. Most likely going for a little under $300 this is an amazing budget choice.
Nokia 7+ is going to be the upper midranger of this set and we’ve got some awesome improvements here. Here we have a Snapdragon 660 processor, 4gb of ram, 64gb of emmc 5.1 storage with micro sd compatibility, 6 inch FHD+ (18:9) display with rounded edges on the display corners, dual rear facing cameras one being 12mp and the second being 13mp capable of 4k video recording, 16mp front facing camera, a massive 3,800mah battery, USB C charging with a 3.5mm headphone jack, rear facing fingerprint sensor, and Google’s Android One software with an amazing all metal build all for $399.
Finally, we have the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Disregarding the strange addition to the name we have very similar specs to the original Nokia 8. We have a Snapdragon 835, 6gb of ram, 128gb of USF 2.1 storage, 5.5 inch 2560×1440 pOLED display with curved edges, dual rear camera one with a 12mp sensor and the other with a 13mp sensor capable of 4k video recording, a 5mp front facing camera, USB C for charging and audio, a 3260mah battery, rear fingerprint scanner, and Google’s Android One software all for around 750 euros (no known US availability).
HMD is really coming in strong this year with many different offerings for many different prices. I’m excited to see what HMD is going to do with their new partnership with Google and their same reliable build quality. Let us know in the comments below which device you think will suit you best and why. In my opinion I’m excited for the 7+, having those good specs at a good price is going to be an awesome selling point to me and having a huge battery is awesome. In the end HMD is coming into 2018 really strong but only time will tell how much of an impact they make on the market.