Since its sudden return to the mobile phones industry, Nokia Oyj (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) has been making important launches probably pointing towards the need to reclaim its former status as one of dominant players in the sector. This came out on Tuesday when HMD Global, the Finnish which is licensed to make Nokia phones announced the launch of three Nokia smartphones phones that are powered by Google’s Android. The phones that have been updated are Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1.
Opening window to Google services
Following the upgrade, users of the new handsets will now be able to access some Google’s latest services like Google Mail and Google Assistant. In a statement, the company said the new smartphones are expected to offer a more secured and up-to-date Android experience with Android Go and Android One.
The latest Nokia 5, which markets as Nokia 5.1 has been made with a slightly bigger screen measuring 5.5-inch and a much thinner body. According to HMD the new phone has been made with MediaTek Helio P18 processor which offers faster performance speed of up to 40% more than Snapdragon 430 chip that was in the previous version. The new version also has an enhanced back camera with much higher resolution. This phone will retail at $218.
Nokia 3, which was launched last year, has been upgraded to become Nokia 3.1. It also has a slightly bigger screen of 5.2 inches than the previous version. It has an upgraded camera and faster processor. HMD indicated that Nokia 3 was its best-selling smartphone and expects the new version to maintain the trend. It will be selling at around $160.
Just seven months after it was launched, the Nokia 2 has been upgraded to Nokia 2.1. The latest version comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and a 5.5-inch screen. The phone has a speed of up to 50% more than the original version.
This is a significant step for Nokia which had promised customers that it would update all its phones using Android. Many other companies have made similar pledges in the past but failed to implement them.