Nokia taps retro design again releasing banana-styled slider smartphone

Nokia taps retro design again releasing banana-styled slider smartphone

HMD-backed Nokia has unveiled Nokia 6 (2018) alongside with Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 1 and Nokia 8110 4G at MWC 2018.

Following last year's relaunch of the 3310 candy bar, its 2018 blast from the past is the curved Nokia 8110 slider phone. Set up by ex-Nokia executives who have licensed the famous brand, HMD Global - as the year-old company is known - has focused on mid-priced Androids and even sub-$100-priced phones since entering the smartphone market. We don't really know in what regions exactly will the phone be available, but considering that its price point had been shown in Euros, chances are that Europe will be first in line to get it.

The Nokia 8110 was groundbreaking in its day as one of the first to feature an ergonomic shape, with the slider shooting down and out curving gently towards your mouth. It is powered by the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform. The phone also comes with a revamped version of the iconic snake game. "Past year we shipped over 70 million Nokia phones", Florian Seiche, CEO of HMD Global, said in a statement. The device has the same camera system as the much pricier Nokia 8 Sirocco.

The Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco do have a few similarities, including the same Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM along with the same 128GB of storage.

Nokia taps retro design again releasing banana-styled slider smartphone
Nokia taps retro design again releasing banana-styled slider smartphone

Around the back is a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash, and inside is 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.

According to the company, the performance powerhouse has been designed with great care and is arguably their most attractive smartphone to date. The Nokia 1 will cost $85 when it goes on sale in April and is available in red or dark blue.

The Nokia 7 Plus has the combines optical hardware and imaging algorithms, with enhanced Dual-Sight, dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics into a sensitive 12MP wide-angle primary camera for excellent performance in both low-light and extra bright conditions and a secondary 13MP camera. This battery is claimed to render up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 15 days of standby time. After seeding Android 8.0 Oreo to the Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 7 and Nokia 8, the Finnish company is getting ready to push it out to the Nokia 3.

The device supports "Xpress-on" covers which will be sold separately for $7.99 in Azure, Grey, Yellow and Pink colours.

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