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Nokia refreshes its lower-end smartphone lineup for 2018

From left to right: Nokia 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1

Earlier this week, HMD Global teased an event set to take place in Russia today. Juho Sarvikas, CPO of the company went on stage to announce refreshed versions of the Nokia 2, 3, and 5. These smartphones represent the company's lower-end offerings, but they still offer plenty of value for the money.

Nokia 2.1

Starting with the Nokia 2.1, the cheapest offering announced today includes a Snapdragon 425 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a whopping 4,000 mAh battery for two-day battery life, much like its predecessor. The low processing power means this phone comes with the lighter Android Oreo Go.

There's an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and a 5 MP shooter on the front. The 5.5-inch HD display is flanked by dual front-facing speakers, which is a surprising feature on a phone this cheap. This will cost €115, which is around $140.

Nokia 3.1

The Nokia 3.1 is a step up from its predecessor in a few ways. It has a MediaTek MT6750N octa-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz and it'll come with either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage. The MT6750N chipset already supports Bluetooth 5.0, too.

The rear camera has a 13 MP sensor, while on the front we still have an 8 MP shooter. The 5.2-inch display adopts the 18:9 aspect ratio, but it's still just 720p HD. The 2GB/16GB model will run you €139 (around $160), while the 3GB/32GB flavor goes up to €169 ($195).

Nokia 5.1

Finally, the most expensive of the phones announced at the event, the Nokia 5.1 will cost €189 (around $218) for the model with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, while the 3GB/32GB model will run you €219 ($252). Yes, the phone does offer the same storage and RAM configurations as the Nokia 3.1.

Aside from that, the new Nokia 5 abandons the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 of last year for a MediaTek MT6755S, which is an octa-core chipset with clock speeds up to 2GHz. The company claims the new chipset offers up to 40% more performance compared to last year's.

Like the Nokia 3.1, it also has an 18:9 display, but it's 5.5 inches diagonally and steps up the resolution to Full HD+. The rear camera goes up to 16MP, while the front-facing sensor stays at 8MP. Also on the back is the fingerprint sensor, which has been moved from below the display. The Nokia 5.1 is also the only smartphone of the trio to use an all-metal build.

All three phones come with Android 8.1 Oreo and the Nokia 3.1 and 5.1 are part of the Android One program, which should mean faster system updates over time. Nokia didn't announce specific plans for the Nokia X6 at the event, so we still have to wait for more information on that front.

Source: Nokia (1), (2), (3) via CNET

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