- > But isn't Nokia dead?
- > When is the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 release date?
- > Nokia 8 & 9 rumoured features and specifications
- > What Android phones has Nokia already announced?
- > Nokia 6 is the first Nokia Android phone, now available globally
- > Nokia 5 is a slimmed-down version of the Nokia 6
- > Nokia 3 is the entry-level model in Nokia's new Android phone family
- > Nokia 3310 is a throwback to the past - a low-cost feature phone
- > How much will the new Nokia Android phones cost in the UK?
A long-term Nokia employee recently uploaded a video to the web that may have just outed the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. The video pictures four Nokia Android phones, despite the company having officially unveiled only three, one of which has a dual-camera. Double confusion.
The company previously made its return to the mainstream mobile market in January with the then China-only Nokia 6, but it was at MWC 2017 at the end of February we got the news we were all waiting for: Nokia as a global brand was back, with four new phones that included three Androids and a throwback to the retro Nokia 3310 feature phone.
Those four phones each go on sale in 120 markets in Q2 2017, with Clove in the UK confirming the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 will be available in May and the Nokia 6 in June, while the 3310 was officially on sale on 24 May.
These are budget- to mid-range smartphones, and while we're very impressed, we're more eager to hear about the upcoming flagships known as the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 (jump straight to Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 rumours). Could they launch on 2 June? And will they be as fast as early reports suggest?
But isn't Nokia dead?
Once the biggest and best-known mobile phone manufacturer, following some tough competition from iPhone and Android Nokia in 2011 made the fatal mistake of agreeing to produce only Windows phones. In 2014 it packed up its mobile phone game and sold its business to Microsoft.
Fast-forward to 2017, and with Android onboard, this could be the Nokia comeback we've been waiting for.
It's still not quite Nokia as we know it, since Finnish brand HMD Global currently owns the rights to develop, build and sell Nokia-branded phones - although it does so with Nokia's input.
We're still waiting to hear about official plans for any new Nokia Android tablets though.
It's only a concept video, but the date shown on a phone's screen has long been an indication of when it might launch. The date here: 2 June 2017.
The idea of a June launch date ties in with what we've heard elsewhere.
Nokia 8 & 9 rumoured features and specifications
The Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are what's expected to be the upcoming Nokia flagships, which will run the Snapdragon 835 processor and launch after the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus (on sale 28 April).
A tip-off suggests rather than it being a case of either/or, we could see both a Nokia 8 and a Nokia 9 with two flagship Nokia Android phone launches.
According to the source one of the two handsets will be a full metal unibody phone with dual cameras. The key difference between the two will be the size of the screen.
This is demonstrated by another leak reported by NokiaPowerUser that shows the Nokia 8 with dual cameras and a physical fingerprint reader, alongside drawings of the supposed Nokia 9, which loses the fingerprint sensor to the rear while sporting a near bezel-less design.
The Nokia 9 flagship is said to run Android Nougat and come with a 5.3in or 5.7in display with Gorilla Glass 5 and IP57 protection. As well as the aforementioned Snapdragon 835, it's expected to get 6GB of RAM.
Performance is likely to be very fast, and Geekbench 3 results (we don't know why they used the older version of the benchmark either) published by GSMArena show some competitive scores from the Nokia 9.
The Nokia 9 reportedly scored higher than the Xiaomi Mi 6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Huawei Mate 9, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus with a score of 7,770 points in the multi-core component.
A Carl Zeiss 22.6Mp camera could be found at the rear, and a 3,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 inside.
Although the partnership between Zeiss and Nokia was thought to be no more, Nokia has confirmed it was talking only about its current range (the Nokia 3, 5 and 6) when it said Nokia phones will not use Carl Zeiss optics. And that's great news for the upcoming Nokia 8.
The new Nokia is thought to be priced at around $800 or £634 with 128GB of storage, and $950 or £753 with 256GB.
The newly tipped Nokia 9, which is alleged by Nokia Power User, might come with an iris scanner and fingerprint scanner, a 5.5in QHD OLED display, the Snapdragon 835 CPU and Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3,800mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0, Nokia OZO audio enhancements, IP68 waterproofing, and 22Mp (Dual-Lens) rear- and 12Mp front cameras.
What Android phones has Nokia already announced?
Nokia kicked off its MWC 2017 press conference talking about its Ozo camera and its acquisition of Withings, particularly with regards to what this means for the company's portfolio, with smartwatches, fitness trackers and smart scales to begin carrying the Nokia name this summer. Which is great, but, we really just care about the phones. So on to the good stuff...
Earlier this year Nokia announced its Nokia 150 feature phone and China-only Nokia 6 smartphone, with the latter selling out in just 23 seconds.
But Nokia wants to become the biggest smartphone player in the market worldwide. It is looking to the next chapter, and during its 26 February MWC 2017 event Nokia and partner HMD Global announced three new Android phones.
Interestingly, it was the non-Android Nokia 3310 that has been getting all the attention and, according to Carphone Warehouse, is breaking pre-registration records. And that's despite the fact it can't do either WhatsApp or Facebook.
Nokia Android phones are said to be different to rival Android phones in three main ways:
• Through Nokia's relentless focus on the everyday experience, whether that is seen in the display or the camera
• Through its premium design and build quality that is present no matter where in the line-up a model sits
• Through its use of the purest version of Android you have seen, with monthly security updates, fast Android platform updates and the implementation of the Google Assistant across the range
Nokia 6 is the first Nokia Android phone, now available globally
The first phone announced by Nokia is one with which we're already familiar, the previously China-only Nokia 6, which will now be going global at 229 Euros.
There will also be a Nokia 6 Arte Special Edition, which has a piano black gloss finish and more memory, and will retail at 299 Euros. It will be available globally in Q2 2017, and according to Clove in the UK the exact date will be sometime in June.
The Nokia 6 is a unibody Android Nougat phone crafted from a single block of Series 6000 aluminium. This is paired with a 5.5in full-HD laminated in-cell display with protective 2.5D Gorilla Glass.
Inside HMD has fitted the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, along with the Adreno 505 GPU, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery.
The company draws particular attention to the Nokia 6's multimedia functionality, quoting dual amplifiers that deliver a 6dB louder sound than a regular amp, giving higher voice, deeper bass and unmatched clarity, and Dolby Atmos that creates powerful, moving audio that seems to flow all around users.
There's also a 16Mp, f/2.0 primary camera with phase-detection autofocus, and an 8Mp selfie camera.
In our Nokia 6 hands-on review we found ourselves feeling quite torn. If this were a smartphone launched by any of the other big players in the smartphone industry right now we’d probably say that it’s a decent smartphone with a really good price tag but nothing particularly outstanding in the current market. But because this is Nokia we’re talking about we’re strangely excited about it.
We think it’s going to catch the attention of those who loved their Nokia phones years back thanks to their simplicity and reliability, and with such a great price tag we expect it’ll quickly become a popular choice for smartphone buyers. We’re looking forward to spending more time with the Nokia 6 and its siblings, and we’re intrigued to find out what the future holds for Nokia.
Nokia 5 is a slimmed-down version of the Nokia 6
Second, there is the Nokia 5, a more compact version of the Nokia 6 but with a 5.2in HD IPS display, retailing at 189 Euros. It will be available globally in Q2 2017, and according to Clove in the UK the exact date will be sometime in May.
There's a 13Mp camera with autofocus and a dual-tone flash at the rear and an 8Mp wide-angle selfie camera at the front.
Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (plus microSD support up to 128GB).
It supports both 4G connectivity and NFC, and has a Micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery is rated at 3000mAh.
The Nokia 5 comes in Tempered Blue, Silver, Matte Black and Copper, and measures 149.7x72.5x8.05mm.
Our hands-on Nokia 5 review left us impressed, particularly when considering the price tag.
It’s good-looking with decent specs and we love the addition of Android without overcomplicating it with any sort of overlay.
We expect the Nokia 5 could become a really popular choice for anyone in the market for a mid-range phone, and a strong contender for the Moto G5.
Nokia 3 is the entry-level model in Nokia's new Android phone family
Third, there is the cheaper Nokia 3, which has the same flagship design but retails at 139 Euros.
It is also crafted from a single block of 6000-series aluminium, and has a 5in HD IPS laminated display that is bright and clear, and a wide-angle 8Mp selfie camera.
It will be available globally in Q2 2017. As with the Nokia 5, Clove in the UK says the exact date will be sometime in May.
The Nokia 3 comes in Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White, and measures 143.4x71.4x8.48mm.
It runs a 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6737 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, plus there's MicroSD support up to 128GB.
Cameras are rated at 8Mp, both front and back, and there's an integrated 2650mAh battery keeping it all going.
There's a Micro-USB port and headphone jack, plus support for 4G and NFC.
Nokia 3310 is a throwback to the past - a low-cost feature phone
The one all Nokia fans have been waiting for, though, is the comeback of the Nokia 3310, which has finally reached the UK, on sale from 24 May 2017.
It's available from Vodafone now at £39.
It now offers 22 hours of talk time - 10 times more than the original - or one month on standby. It comes in gloss Warm Red and Yellow, and a matte Dark Blue and Grey, and measures 115.6x51x12.8mm.
The Nokia 3310 also comes with the Snake game and Nokia ringtone, what more do you need to know?!
Seriously though, expect 16MB of storage (yes that is MB and not a typo, but with up to 32GB via microSD), a 2.4in curved colour display and a new 2Mp camera.
Unfortunately, the Nokia 3310 does not run WhatsApp or Facebook apps (though you can get online, browse Twitter and read email) - something to consider if you're thinking of buying one.
At the end of the day, the Nokia 3310 is a play for nostalgia, and how much you care will depend on how much affection you have for the old Nokia bricks.
It’s not going to replace your smartphone - and it doesn’t want to - but it could be a cheap supplement.
And yeah, you could already buy another feature phone for cheaper, but between the epic battery life and the sheer Nokia factor (and Snake!) we know where our loyalties lie.
For more of our first impressions see our Nokia 3310 hands-on review.
How much will the new Nokia Android phones cost in the UK?
Nokia has not yet announced UK pricing for its Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, but it has announced the prices in Euros.
The Nokia 6 is the most expensive of these three affordable phones, costing 229 Euros (£194), while a limited edition Nokia 6 R Special Edition will cost 299 Euros (£253).
The Nokia 5 will cost 189 Euros (£160), and the Nokia 3 139 Euros (£117).
The new Nokia 3310 will cost £49 when it launches on 24 May. You can pre-order the Nokia 3310 from MobileFun today at £60 (though we expect that to drop down to the RRP of £49 soon) or pre-register your interest at Carphone Warehouse or Vodafone.
Also see: Best new phones coming in 2017