For a long time, Nokia was the undisputed champion of the mobile phone market. However, the advent of smartphones saw the firm begin to lose to the iPhones and Galaxies that currently rule the industry. This hasn't stopped Nokia, as the company has just announced an astonishing four new smartphones.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company unveiled the Nokia 1, 6, 7 Plus and 8 Sirocco, along with an updated version of its classic 8810 model. These handsets have been announced at an important time for Nokia, with new research finding the company sold more phones than any other company besides Apple and Samsung in the last quarter of 2017.
Few people would have anticipated Nokia would have this kind of comeback if you asked them a year ago, but it appears the company is ready to be a major player in the smartphone industry once again. So what does it have in store for us? Let's look at each of its five new offerings.
Famously featured in The Matrix, the 8810 was originally launched more than 20 years ago in 1996. Its curved, slide-phone design reminded many of a banana, and Nokia is certainly not trying to remove that idea from anyone's mind, as the re-release will be bright yellow in colour, albeit with a black option.
The handset will run on 4G, and while it will not be a powerful phone, it should be more than good enough for users to go on Facebook or Twitter on its colour 2.4-inch screen. It also comes preloaded with the classic Snake game that many users will remember fondly from their childhoods. All of this will cost just £70, making it a great budget option.
The Nokia 1
With just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of memory, this is another phone for those who want to stick to the basics. The Nokia 1 will run on Android Oreo, and comes with apps like Google Maps that have been specially redesigned to run smoothly on the low-powered handset.
The 4.5-inch screen is enough to view photos, and the device comes with a 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera. It's not up to the standards of today's flagship handsets, but it's more than enough for a budget smartphone. Its US pricing stands at $85, which is around £60, but nothing has been confirmed regarding a UK price yet.
The Nokia 6
Last year's Nokia 6 was a decent mid-range smartphone, but it has been upgraded for 2018 to make it an even better option. The device now comes with a Snapdragon 630 processor and 4GB of RAM, which Nokia says will make it perform 60 per cent better than its previous incarnation.
The 5.5-inch display is full HD, and with a 16MP camera on the back and an 8MP option on the front it stands up to most of its competitors in the photography department. It even features a “Dual-Sight” mode, allowing users to capture video with both cameras at once. It will retail at €279 (around £245) when it comes out in May.
The Nokia 7 Plus
Another mid-range phone, the 7 Plus is a more powerful option for a slightly higher price of €399 (around £350). The handset will come with 4GB of RAM, just like the 6, but has a more powerful Snapdragon 660 processor and 64GB of storage, which is upgradable by another 256GB with a micro-SD card.
The camera is again a key feature, with Nokia offering a 16MP front camera and dual 12MP and 13MP lenses on the rear. These all come with ZEISS optics for enhanced colours. The battery is also impressive, with Nokia claiming it can last a full two days without charging, much like the mobile phones we remember from our youth.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco
This is Nokia's flagship phone for 2018, and it looks set to be a great option without too hefty a price tag. For €749 (around £660) you'll get what Nokia claims is “one of the fastest of any smartphone” that uses its Snapdragon 835 processor, with 6GB of RAM keeping things smooth.
It comes with 128GB of memory, as well as wireless charging that can get the phone to 50 per cent battery in just 30 minutes. The 5.5-inch, QHD pOLED screen is also a fantastic bit of hardware, curving around the side of the phone, and the whole thing is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.