MWC 2018: HMD Global Unveils Nokia 1 Android Go Smartphone at $85

Android Go is primarily targeted at emerging markets where value-for-money handsets outsell the premium ones.

As promised, HMD Global has released a series of new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

The 8110 reboot follows last year's surprise relaunch of the classic 3310 at MWC. Nokia is also reviving 8110 handset used in Matrix movie.

The phone will come with 512 of RAM and a dual-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm 205 processor. It can connect to a network over 4G LTE, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.1 It also has a microUSB 2.0 jack for charging, a headphone port and FM radio functionality. Due to the tapered back, the edge of the phone only measures 2 mm, but the phone is actually a similar thickness to the previous generation. This battery is claimed to render up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 15 days of standby time.

Where the Nokia 8 was splash-proof, the Sirocco edition has an IP67 water- and dust-proof rating. The Go edition Smartphones are made keeping in mind low-end hardware supported with optimized light-weighted software support that is especially supported by Google.

The handset has a single 16-megapixel rear camera sensor with an f/1.8 aperture - unlike the dual rear camera setup-featuring Nokia 7 Plus. It will be available April for approximately $650 CAD. Starting price will be €279.

The Nokia 1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and features a 2MP selfie camera, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and support for 4G VoLTE connectivity. HMD is citing the Nokia 7 Plus as the ultimate entertainment viewing device with its six-inch HD display and two-day battery life. Faced with a mature mobile phone business with significant manufacturing cost structures and rising competition from Apple, Samsung, Google and Chinese handset makers, Nokia successfully sold its devices unit to Microsoft, with a short three year non-compete clause. The Nokia 7 Plus is released in April for €399.

The company's new flagship phone, the Nokia 8 Sirocco, comes with a 5.5in curved 2K OLED display. With Pro Camera mode users get full manual control over every picture they take. When the Nokia 8 Sirocco launches in early April, it'll go for around €749 (roughly $920/£659).

"We are delighted to announce the expansion of our range with the introduction of five new devices, setting new benchmarks in smartphone design with Nokia 8 Sirocco and delivering our most accessible smartphone to date in Nokia 1", said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global.

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