Counterpoint Research Report Pegs Nokia’s Growth at Over 780% Since Last Year

Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco

To be honest, if you have been paying attention to the smartphone market over the past year, you know that HMD Global’s Nokia brand has been making a serious comeback.  Now we have a more substantial report that reflect what everyone suspected:  Nokia has had a killer year.

Counterpoint Research has published their report on the Smartphone market and they, like IDC earlier in the week, confirm that Huawei has passed Apple as the number two smartphone company in the world.  But the Counterpoint report goes into more details than the IDC report on the “other” brands, of which Nokia is lumped into.  That’s where you find that the brand has gained some 782% in market share since Q2 2017.

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Nokia Announces a Trio of Updated Phones Coming This Summer

Nokia 5.1

Nokia today made a somewhat of a surprise announcement with the new Nokia 5.1, 3.1 and 2.1 phones coming to their lineup later this summer.  Running Android One on the 5.1 and 3.1 while running on the 2.1 will be Android Go, HMD Global has more-or-less given incremental upgrades to the .0 versions of these current phones in their lineup.

By far the biggest upgrade came to the Nokia 5.1.  Sporting a 5.5″ Full HD display, it has an 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P18 octa-core SoC.  It comes with either 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage.  IN either case, the storage can be expanded an additional 128GB thanks to the MicroSD slot.  Camera wise, you have a 16MP main shooter with auto-focus while the selfie camera is an 8MP shooter.  All of this, along with the phone running Android One (Oreo) will cost a comfortable $218 when it is released.

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New for 2018 Nokia 6.1 Now Available for Purchase at Amazon

Nokia 6 2018

The revamped Nokia 6 for 2018 is now available for purchase here in the United States on Amazon.  Listed as the Nokia 6.1, the updated midrange phone sells for $270, and comes with more RAM than last year’s Nokia 6.  The new Nokia 6.1 was introduced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress and at the time, it was announced that the phone would be coming to the US in May.  It seems things are rolling a little bit faster than expected.

For those that don’t recall, the 6.1 is powered by the Snapdragon 630, an octa-core SoC clocked at 2.2GHz.  Here in the US, it will come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is expandable an additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD slot.  This is 1GB more RAM than the international versions of the new 6.  It has a 5.5″ FHD display that is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

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Nokia The Most Talked About Brand on Opening Night at Mobile World Congress

Nokia 8 Sirocco

Mobile World Congress last week was a fantastic event for Nokia.  Not only did they announce five new phones, but according to Twitter Marketing UK, they were the most talked about brand on the first full night of the event.  Everyone assumed that Samsung would take this honor, especially given they launched their new flagship phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the night prior.  But Nokia stole the limelight for a few reasons.

First, Nokia is a brand that people know and love.  Sure, you can same the same thing about Samsung today but chances are, most of you reading this post, started life with a Nokia device or have had one at some point in your mobile life.  That is not necessarily the case with Samsung.

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Nokia Slated to Launch The Nokia 8 Pro and Nokia 9 This Year

Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco

By any measure, Mobile World Congress was a good show for Nokia.  The company announced several new phones including the revamped Nokia 6, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 8 Sirocco.  But it appears that the HMD Global owned brand is far from done for 2018.  According to an exclusive at Nokia Power User, the company plans to launch two more devices this year:  The Nokia 8 Pro and Nokia 9.

First is the Nokia 8 Pro.  It will be powered by the Snapdragon 845, have a rotating zoom lens, and will feature a double-glass (front and back) design.  It will also be an 18:9 ratio device with a 5.5″ display.  Looking at the design concepts, this device harkens back to Nokia devices when they were making Windows Phone based phones.

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Nokia Firmly in The Flagship Race With the Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia 8 Sirocco

Today has been a busy day for Nokia at Mobile World Congress.  Not only did they announce their first entry into the Android Go program, the Nokia 1, but they also announced three other devices that are a part of the Android One program.  Along with the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 Plus, the company announced the new Nokia 8 Sirocco and it is clearly aiming for flagship status.

Sporting a 5.5″ QHD pOLED display with rounded edges, the Nokia 8 Sirocco provides a premium experience and performance.  It is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC and is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.  It will come with Android Oreo out of the box and, because it is part of the Android One program, it will come with a pure Android experience.

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Nokia 1 Android Go Phone Announced – Priced at $85

Nokia 1 Android Go Phone

Nokia has announced several new phones today at Mobile World Congress including the company’s first Android Go edition phone, the Nokia 1.  Much like the Alcatel 1X announced earlier today, the Nokia 1 is a budget friendly phone with a MediaTek MT6737M SoC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.  It has a 4.5″ display with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera.

Nokia has indicated that the phone will be priced at a very budget friendly $85 in the markets it is made available in but, at this time, it is unclear which markets that will be just yet.  It is almost certainly emerging markets but it could make its way to established markets too.

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Android Oreo 8.1 Released for The Nokia 8

Nokia 8

After being in beta for just a few weeks, HMD Global has released the Android Oreo 8.1 update for the Nokia 8.  The news of the release came from the company’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, on Twitter:

The news of the release was a bit of a surprise given that the open beta for the 8.1 build only started in late January.

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