Nokia Floods Market With 4 New Android Smartphones And A Resurrected “Banana Phone”

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The Finnish smartphone maker HMD Global has been doing a great of job of bringing back Nokia heroes from the dead. First, it was the Nokia 3310, and now, HMD has announced the release of Nokia 8110 – the feature phone that starred in The Matrix.

However, the relaunch comes with a twist. The new Nokia 8110 keeps the same banana-like curved form factor but boasts 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE support. The device comes loaded with a Snapdragon 205 running Linux-based KaiOS. It supports a variety of apps like Google Maps, Google Search, Google Assistant, etc. Another big feature included is WiFi support.

Nokia 8110 will go on sale in May with an average retail price tag of €79.

Apart from this, HMD has also announced four new Android phones under the Nokia brand name. The company said three new devices, including Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 6 are a part of Google’s Android One program which aims to deliver a pure and bloatware free Android experience to the users.

The list of fresh launches is here:

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco (€749 approx, Availability: Early April)
  • Nokia 7 Plus (€399, Availability: Early April)
  • Nokia 6 (€279, Availability: May)
  • Nokia 1 ($85, Availability: Early April)

HMD’s new breed of smartphones runs Android Oreo with the budget device Nokia 1 featuring Oreo Go Edition.

Other than Nokia, various manufacturers have made efforts to deliver an unmodified Android experience to the users. Last year, there were several Android One smartphone launches, including Xiaomi Mi A1, HTC U11, Moto X4, etc.

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