Nokia is preparing a fresh batch of entry-level phones — including those with 5G — for 2021. But in the E.U. and U.K., where the six devices and some wireless earbuds will arrive first, there's more to this announcement than just hardware and new names.
HMD Global, with its Nokia brand, is one of the only mainstream companies that still offer Android Go smartphones. Further expanding its lineup is the latest Nokia 1.4, which brings a seemingly decent experience without costing an arm and a leg.
Nokia smartphone fans don't need to get their fix at third-party retailers anymore. HMD Global now offers direct sales from Nokia's website itself here in the US. That means you can pick up phones like the Nokia 8.3 5G or Nokia 7.2 right from Nokia/HMD Global, and shipping for some items is even guaranteed before Christmas if you place an order by the 17th.
The Nokia 5.3 was announced in March and quickly became an affordable favorite with reviewers thanks to its low £150 price tag. Few other phones in that bracket can offer the same level of performance along with a passable camera. HMD Global has now seen fit to launch an iterative update in the form of the Nokia 5.4, and it looks set to be another popular lower-mid-range option.
Over the past few years, HMD Global has followed the Motorola-like strategy of releasing phones at every imaginable price tier. The cheapest option so far was the 2019 Nokia C1, a 3G-only phone aimed at developing countries, but now HMD is releasing a 'Plus' variant with upgraded hardware and software.
Last week, speculation started swirling about a Verizon variant of the Nokia 8.3 5G. HMD Global, maker of Nokia-branded Android devices, later released a teaser about a special product launch. Now the phone is official, carrying the distinction of being the first Nokia flagship phone on a major US carrier since the Windows Phone days.
HMD Global's Nokia phones come with some of the cleanest Android builds around, but that still doesn't make the company the fastest to update its devices. It looks like the same will be true for the Android 11 rollout, as the company posted and then deleted a roadmap on when we can expect the latest software to hit the Nokia lineup, with the last phones slated to get the update in Q2 2021.
Ever since Nokia was sold to HMD Global back in 2016, the company has taken on a new life. Many of its devices are Android One phones that run stock software with guaranteed updates. Now the company is announcing a special event on September 22 that promises to unveil a new chapter in Nokia history.
HMD Global is keeping its pace up with Android budget phones with today's announcement of the Nokia C3. Unlike its two predecessors that have launched in the past 9 months, this device eschews the lightweight Android Go software in favor of full-fat Android 10.