We saw HMD Global refreshing last year’s Nokia 6 with this year’s Nokia 6.1 which included a lot of under-the-hood upgrade as well as some minute design changes. Well, that’s the same case with the other three phones.
The Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 is priced the same as their predecessor with some key Updates that will make them competitive alongside other budget phones in the same segment. The only major change in the design department is that the Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are now switching to an 18:9 form factor, just like the Nokia 7 Plus.
The Nokia 3.1 continues to be powered by a MediaTek chipset — like the Nokia 3 — but this time around HMD is using a MediaTek SoC in the Nokia 5.1 as well, touting significant gains in performance.
HMD Global still commits to provide timely updates. The Nokia 3.1 and 5.1 are based on Android One, and will receive two platform updates as well as three years’ worth of security patches. The Nokia 2.1, meanwhile, is becoming a part of the Android Go initiative. The phone comes with lightweight versions of popular Google services, including Search, Gmail, Assistant, Maps, and YouTube, and will also receive fast updates.
Nokia 2.1 :
The Nokia 2.1 comes with a Snapdragon 425 which offers four Cortex A53 cores clocked up to 1.4GHz. Like the rest of the new launches, the Nokia 2.1 delivers vastly superior performance when compared to the 2017 model — up to 50% faster, according to HMD.
The phone has a larger display than it’s predecessor thanks to a 16:9 5.5-inch 720p display, but the polycarbonate design is largely identical to last year’s model. The most exciting thing is that this device has a massive 4000 mAh battery, which should easily last for 2 days.
The phone has got 1GB RAM, along with 8GB of internal storage, a micro SD card slot, 8MP camera, 5MP front shooter, and Bluetooth 4.2. Oh, and there are stereo speakers up front. With HMD global taking the right decision to feature Android Go on this device, we don’t think the phone will lag much. The phone will go on sale starting July for $115, just $15 more than the Nokia 1.
Nokia 3.1 :
The Nokia 3 was HMD Global’s most successful model on Android, and the company is rolling out key upgrades for 2018. The Nokia 3.1 is picking up a 5.2-inch HD+ (1440×720) display and is powered by the 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chipset. HMD is touting a 50% boost in performance from the quad-core MediaTek MT6737.
You get an option of 2/3GB RAM along with 16/32GB of storage, micro SD slot, 13MP camera, 8MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 2990mAh battery.
The phone will be sold in three color options — Blue/Copper, Black/Chrome, and White/Iron — and you’ll be able to pick it up starting June. The base 2GB variant will retail for €139, and the 3GB option will set you back €169.
Nokia 5.1 :
The Nokia 5.1 is carved out of Series 6000 Aluminium, and is probably the most durable phone in this category. The phone sports rounded edges and a “satin” finish at the back, and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the device. The unibody design eliminates the need for antenna lines, resulting in a cleaner look.
HMD Global managed to fit a larger 5.5-inch display — up 0.3 inches from the Nokia 5 — in a body 2mm narrower than last year’s model, thanks to the 18:9 form factor. There’s also 2.5D curved glass along the sides, and Gorilla Glass protection.
The Nokia 5.1 is now powered by a MediaTek Helio P18 chipset, with HMD saying the octa-core SoC delivers 40% more performance over last year’s Snapdragon 430. It comes with eight CPU cores clocked up to 2.0GHz and a Mali T720 GPU.
The Nokia 5.1 features 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage, or 3GB of RAM along with 32GB of storage, microSD slot, 8MP front shooter, FM radio, NFC (in select markets), Bluetooth 4.2, and a 2970mAh battery (30mAh less than last year).
The rear camera has been upgraded, and is now a 16MP unit that has PDAF and dual-tone flash. The Nokia 5.1 will be going on sale from July, with the 2GB version available for €189 and the 3GB variant retailing for €219. You’ll be able to choose from three color options: Copper, Tempered Blue, and Black, with the last variant launching a few weeks later.
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