HMD introduced a brand new slate of Nokia telephones Tuesday. To associate with the beforehand introduced Nokia 6.1 (assessment coming quickly!), we’ve the Nokia 5.1, Nokia three.1, and Nokia 2.1. The best-end cellphone right here begins at $220, and the value goes down from there.

Each Nokia cellphone is value listening to, as a result of they’re all a part of Google’s Android One program. This implies they run inventory Android and get month-to-month safety updates. Nokia guarantees two years of main OS updates and three years of safety updates for every part. It is actually exhausting to seek out good, low cost smartphones, and with this lineup (relying on distribution), HMD appears to have the market locked up.

Earlier than we dive in, here is an enormous spec desk:

Nokia 5.1
Nokia three.1
Noka 2.1

€189 ($218)
€139 ($160)

Android eight.x Oreo
Android eight.zero Oreo
Android eight.1 Oreo (Go Version)

5.5″ 2160×1080 LCD (18:9)
5.2″ 1440×720 LCD (18:9)
5.5″ 1280×720 LCD (16:9)

MediaTek Helio P18


MediaTek 6750

Eight Cortex A53 Cores, 1.5GHz/1.0GHz


Snapdragon 425

4 1.4GHz Cortex A53 Cores


Mail-T860 MP2
Adreno 308

2GB or 3GB
2GB or 3GB

16GB or 32GB + MicroSD slot
16GB or 32GB + MicroSD slot
8GB + MicroSD slot

Rear: 16MP /w flash

Entrance: 8MP /w 84.6 FoV

Rear: 13MP /w flash

Entrance: 8MP /w 84.6 FoV

Rear: 8MP w/ flash

Entrance: 5MP

Micro USB, headphone jack
Micro USB, headphone jack
Micro USB, headphone jack


Aluminum unibody
Aluminum sides, plastic again

Fingerprint reader, NFC, stereo audio system
NFC (some variations)
Stereo audio system

Is it simply me, or is it troubling that as the value goes up, the battery will get smaller? That does not make any sense.

The Nokia 5.1—surprisingly flagshippy


Anyway, first up, there’s the Nokia 5.1. That is an aluminum unibody machine with a 5.5-inch, 2160×1080 LCD for €189 ($218). You might need observed from the decision that that is an 18:9 show, and, together with the rounded show corners, it seems to be extra like a stylish flagship than even the Nokia 6.1 (which nonetheless has a 16:9 show). Not like the Nokia 6.1, the 5.1 (and each different cellphone we’re masking right this moment) has an old-school MicroUSB port.

The Nokia 5.1 comes with an SoC known as a “MediaTek Helio P18,” which I’ve by no means heard of earlier than. MediaTek’s website solely lists the Helio P10 and Helio P20, so it’s kind of unclear as to what this SoC truly is. HMD’s press launch says the Helio P18 is “40% quicker” than the Snapdragon 430 in final 12 months’s Nokia 5. We all know it has eight cores and runs at 2.0GHz, however there is not rather more data than that. If we assume the P18 slots in between the Helio P10 and P20, it must be Cortex A53-based, identical to these SoCs. The P20 is constructed on a 16nm manufacturing course of, and the P10 is constructed on 28nm, so place your bets for what the P18 finally ends up being. We have requested HMD for extra data and can replace this if it will get again to us.

The 5.1 is the one cellphone introduced right this moment with a rear fingerprint reader. Every thing else is relegated to utilizing a guide unlock display screen. There’s additionally NFC, a MicroSD slot, a headphone jack, and front-facing stereo audio system.

The Nokia 5.1 will likely be accessible July 2018 “at a worldwide common retail worth of Euro 189” ($218). There are two RAM/storage configurations—2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB—and three colours: copper, blue, and black. HMD is not speaking distribution but, however we are able to take some educated guesses based mostly on the spec sheet. The Nokia 5 has three variants, labeled “APAC, EMEA & HK,” “LATAM, AU & Taiwan,” and “India” so it is a protected guess it is a minimum of coming to some nations in these areas.

The Nokia three.1—HMD’s hottest mannequin


For one thing cheaper, there’s the Nokia three.1, which, along with the spec downgrades, cuts the fingerprint reader, stereo speaker setup, and aluminum unibody for a worth drop to €139 ($160). The perimeters listed below are nonetheless aluminum, however you are caught with a plastic again. There are nonetheless the 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB RAM and storage configs, however now the SoC is a MediaTek 6750. This nonetheless seems like a pleasant improve over final 12 months’s Nokia three—HMD’s press launch says it is 50-percent quicker.

The show is smaller and lower-resolution: 5.2-inches with a 1440×720 decision, which makes for an extra-tall 18:9 facet ratio. You continue to get a MicroSD slot and headphone jack, however solely the “APAC & EMEA” model will get NFC. HMD notes that the Nokia three was the “most profitable mannequin” the corporate launched final 12 months.

The Nokia three.1 has variations named “APAC & EMEA,” “LAM & NAM,” and “India,” so these areas must be looking out for a launch. There are three colours—blue/copper, black/chrome, and white/iron, and the primary launch is June 2018.

The Nokia 2.1—This Android Go cellphone is US-bound


The Nokia 2.1 is probably the most fascinating cellphone introduced right this moment, because it comes with Android Go and must be headed to the US. Android Go is a particular configuration of Android that makes an attempt to make a slimmed-down model of Google’s cell OS, particularly geared for gadgets with 1GB or much less of RAM. In addition to a slimmed-down OS, you additionally get particular “lite” variations of the Google apps put in by default.

We just lately did a full assessment of Android Go and located Google’s first try at this to be a bit scattershot, however the excellent news is that in the event you hate on the Google lite apps, you possibly can at all times set up the complete model from the Play Retailer. Fortunately, the Nokia 2.1 has a quicker SoC and may have a greater display screen than the ZTE Tempo Go that we examined Android Go on. The poor efficiency of the Tempo Go actually damage the Android Go expertise.

Positive sufficient, this Android Go machine has 1GB of RAM, with computing energy offered by a Snapdragon 425 SoC. The show is again to a 16:9 facet ratio, with a 1280×720 decision taking on 5.5 inches. You additionally get an enormous four,000mAh battery that ought to make Nokia 5.1 and three.1 prospects jealous.

There’s nonetheless a MicroSD slot and headphone jack, however sadly there isn’t any NFC. You truly get stereo audio system again, which are not current on the Nokia three.1.

The Nokia 2.1, with a Qualcomm processor and a worth listed in US on HMD’s spec sheet, is definitely coming to the US. The variations for this one are named “APAC & EMEA,” “LAM & US,” and “India.” As an ultra-cheap Android Go cellphone, the Nokia 2.1 fills a pleasant hole in HMD’s US lineup. The corporate’s different Android Go cellphone, the Nokia 1, by no means made it to the US. Look out for this one July 2018.



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