Nokia introduces new Android One smartphone line-up at MWC 2018

By | 26th February 2018

A handful of new Nokia smartphones were introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this morning, with three of them joining the Android One family. These budget-minded smartphones will be the best way to get a Nexus-like experience going forward if you’re not keen on paying close to $1K for a smartphone.

This trio of Nokia phones joining the Android One line-up include the flagship-specced Nokia 8 Sirocco, the Nokia 7 Plus, and the Nokia 6 (2018). They’ll feature no bloatware and being part of the Android One program, they should receive updates fairly frequently. Nokia and HMD Global have been doing an excellent job on that front even without the Android One branding, so let’s take a look at specs.

Nokia 8 Sirocco – Flagship Tier

  • 5.5-inch POLED QHD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Dual rear-cameras with Carl Zeiss optics
  • 3,260mAh battery
  • IP67 rating
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

HMD Global says it expects the Nokia 8 Sirocco to be available starting in early April and it will retail for around €749.

Nokia 7 Plus

  • 6-inch 18:9 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Dual rear-facing cameras
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Android 8.0

HMD Global expects the mid-tier specced Nokia 7 Plus to retail for around €399 and it should be available in early April alongside its flagship cousin. Finally, Nokia debuted a refresh of the Nokia 6 that we saw last year.

Nokia 6 (2018)

  • 5.5-inch FHD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor
  • 3/4GB RAM
  • 16-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Android 8.0

The updated Nokia 6 (2018) will retail for €279 and it’s expected to be available in early April as well.

For those on an extreme budget and looking for a phone that costs less than $100, the Nokia 1 will be available sporting Google’s Android Go operating system. The specs aren’t great as it features a Snapdragon 430 and a 4.5-inch 720p IPS display, but it’s hard to argue with the expected $85 price point, either.