HMD Global is holding an event today in New Delhi where the company is expected to launch some new Nokia phones that were first showcased at MWC 2018. This includes the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 8 Sirocco. The first two are expected to come with mid-range pricing while the latter is expected to carry a premium price tag. The launch of these phones comes just a few days after the company brought its entry-level Nokia 1 Android Go smartphone to the country at Rs 5,499.
The event, which is scheduled to start at 11.30pm (Livestream), will see the company announce its first set of phones for the Indian market this year. From what rumors and teasers suggest, HMD will announce the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 8 Sirocco. All three phones were first unveiled at MWC 2018 late February where the company also announced they would be available globally in April. One of the biggest highlights is that all three Nokia phones are part of the Android One initiative, which means they will come with the purest form of Android with support for timely updates for at least two years. Here's what you need to know about the phones.The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the first flagship smartphone from the company this year and builds on the design of last year's Nokia 8. The handset sports glass on the front and back with a stainless steel frame in between. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD pOLED display with slim bezels and a 3D Gorilla Glass 5 on top.
-- The 8 Sirocco is powered by last year's flagship Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage. Additionally, the handset houses a 3,250mAh battery and supports the Qi Wireless charging standard.
-- The Nokia 7 Plus is an updated version of the Nokia 7 and also sports an 18:9 display. The 6-inch FHD+ panel is protected by Gorilla Glass and the handset is crafted from a single block of Series 6000 aluminum with copper accents around the camera and the frame.
-- The Nokia 7 Plus is powered Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. It houses a 3,800mAh battery which Nokia claims is good for 2 days of mixed use. The Nokia 7 Plus also supports face unlock and AI imaging features like the ability to modify lighting conditions and add masks.
-- Both the Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 7 Plus sport ZEISS-branded dual rear cameras with a 12MP primary sensor and a 13MP secondary sensor for 2X optical zoom. Both the phones also support OZO Audio which allows for 360-degree audio recording and Bothie.
-- The Nokia 6 (2018) is essentially a refreshed version of last year's model and there are a few noticeable changes to the design such as the fingerprint sensor moving to the rear and copper accents all around the frame and camera module.
-- The phone sports a 5.5-inch Full-HD IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 and a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 630 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
-- The handset houses a 3000mAh battery and sports a USB Type-C port. The Nokia 6 (2018) bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone flash, and an 8-megapixel selfie snapper with support for Bothie and 360 spatial audio.
-- All three Android One phones will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo along with the guarantee that they will get Android P and Q in the future.
As far as pricing is concerned, we expect the Nokia 6 (2018) to cost below Rs 20,000, the Nokia 7 Plus to be priced under Rs 30,000 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco to be placed somewhere around Rs 45,000.