HMD Global has today launched its latest budget phone – the Nokia 1.4 – that is targeted at the entry-level segment. The latest Nokia-branded offering starts at just €99 (~ $120) and will be up for grabs globally starting today in three color options – Fjord, Charcoal, and Dusk – and an equal number of memory configurations.
While the internal hardware is modest, the phone doesn’t look bad either and is targeted at first-time smartphone users. Nokia promises three years of security updates for its ultra-affordable phone and has also baked in built-in parental controls in the near-stock Android experience.
Talking about the specs, Nokia 1.4 offers a 6.51-inch HD+ display with a teardrop notch at the top, while a 4000 mAh battery has been fitted inside to keep the lights on. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 215 SoC keeps things running in tandem with up to 3 gigs of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage with scope for memory expansion up to 128GB via a microSD card.
Notably, the Nokia 1.4 comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor, a feature that was missing from its predecessor. And oh, there is a dedicated Google Assistant button as well. At the back, you’ll find an 8MP main camera sitting alongside a 2MP macro lens, while the selfie department will be handled by a 5MP front camera.
You also get access to camera tricks such as portrait mode and a dedicated Night mode as well. The phone runs Android 10 (Go Edition), but the company says it is ready to get the Android 11 update that will arrive soon.
Nokia 1.4 specifications
6.517-inch HD+ 20:9 aspect ratio
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 SoC
1GB, 2GB or 3GB
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB Expandable up to 128GB via microSD
We have been receiving a couple of interesting rumors and leaks from Nokia lately. It seems that we may see the launch of three new devices as soon as November, including the Nokia 9.3 PureView. However, this time we are going to focus on software, as the company in charge of manufacturing Nokia phones, HMD Global, seems to have revealed some information concerning the Android 11 rollout to its devices to take it down moments after.
It seems that HMD Global has most of its plans to upgrade its Nokia devices, at had posted a rough timeline depicting when each device would receive the new Android 11 software update. However, we may believe that some details need to be checked since the timeline was taken down quickly after being published.
According to the image posted by HMD Global, we could expect to see Android 11 OTA updates for the Nokia 8.3 5G, the Nokia 2.2, Nokia 5.3, and the Nokia 8.1 during Q4 of 2020. The next devices to receive the update would be the Nokia 1.3, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 2.4, Nokia 2.3, and the Nokia 3.4 sometime in Q1 2021, with the Nokia 3.2, Nokia 7.2, and Nokia 6.2 sometime between Q1 and Q2 2021. Finally, the Nokia 1 Plus and the Nokia 9 PureView would be left for last, as they would receive the update in Q2 2021.
Now, the image may have been taken down because the update timeline may still be under revision, but at least we got a glimpse of what to expect. Remember that Nokia phones are part of the Android One program, which means that they receive Android updates rather fast when compared to other OEMs. Now, we will also have to wait for the launch of the new Nokia 9.3 PureView, which may launch with the Nokia 7.3, Nokia 6.3, to see if they arrive with Android 11 out of the box, or if we will also have to wait for an update.
HMD Global – the brand licensee for Nokia smartphones – has today launched two new budget devices: Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4. The new Nokia smartphones keep things simple by offering an almost stock flavor of Android, but disappointingly, they make their debut running Android 10. However, the company assures that the two devices are Android 11 ready and will get the software upgrade soon, as well as Android 12 whenever it debuts. Additionally, the company is also promising three years of monthly security updates for its new budget phones.
Starting with the Nokia 3.4, it costs $179 and will go on sale in the US ‘later this year’. It features a modern hole-punch design with a circular cutout for a single selfie camera on its 6.39-inch HD+ display. The panel is said to offer a peak brightness of 500 nits. The phone relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC ticking alongside a meager 3GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Thankfully, you can expand it via a dedicated slot that accepts microSD cards of up to 512GB capacity.
At the back, you’ll find a 13MP main camera sitting alongside a 5MP ultrawide snapper and a 2MP depth sensor, while selfie duties will be handled by an 8MP camera. Nokia 3.4 comes equipped with a 4,000mAh battery that can be charged at a peak output of 10W. It also offers support for aptX Adaptive audio technology to deliver low-latency, high-quality wireless audio output and packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for authentication.
Coming to the Nokia 2.4, it further tones down the processing power and camera hardware, but packs a larger battery compared to the Nokia 3.4. This device offers a larger 6.5-inch HD+ display that has a waterdrop notch at the top. MediaTek’s Helio P22 chip powers the device, and it is paired with a paltry 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Thankfully, you can expand the onboard storage by another 512GB using a microSD card slot.
There are two cameras at the back – a 13MP primary snapper and a 2MP depth sensor to help capture portrait shots. Selfies and video calls will be handled by a 5MP front camera. Nokia 2.4 comes equipped with a 4,500mAh battery, but the 5W charging output means it would easily take more than two hours to charge it fully. Nokia 2.4. costs $139 and will go on pre-sale starting tomorrow via Amazon in the US. It will also be sold by Best Buy in the coming weeks.
Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 specifications
6.39-inch HD+ 720 x 1560 pixels 19.5:9 aspect ratio 400 nits peak brightness
HMD Global launched the Nokia 8.3 5G in March, and over a quarter since its debut, the phone is yet to hit the shelves in the US market. But that is about to change. Today, the Finnish company announced that the Nokia 8.3 5G is finally coming to the US market in the fall season, but didn’t specify a concrete launch date.
“Now, as the first step in HMD Global’s North America 5G roadmap, the company today announces the availability of the Nokia 8.3 5G in the U.S. this autumn. The Nokia 8.3 5G is a global, future-proof Android smartphone that supports evolving 5G network deployments around the globe,” the company said in its press release.
Talking about the phone itself, the Nokia 8.3 5G features a 6.81-inch FHD+ punch-hole display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, you’ll find the Snapdragon 765G SoC paired with up to 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The quad rear camera setup consists of a 64MP primary snapper, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera.
Nokia has lately been updating its phones to Android 10 left, right, and center. The latest phone from the Finnish company’s portfolio to taste Android 10 is the Nokia 5.1 Plus. As per an official Nokia community forum post, the update is being rolled out in a phased manner, so if you’re yet to receive the OTA notification, you’ll get it in the next few days.
The rollout of Android 10 software update has already commenced and will reach all Nokia 5.1 Plus users by May 24 in the first wave. Listed below are the countries where the update is being seeded:
As for the changelog, Android 10 brings new gesture navigation controls, smart reply, more granular privacy controls, and focus mode among other features. And since all Nokia-branded Android phones run stock software, users will get the purest Android experience on the device.