HMD, the maker of Nokia-branded phones, has announced five new products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona. Starting at the top of the line, HMD has unveiled the Nokia 9 PureView, which has "the most advanced photography system ever on a smartphone" thanks to five 12MP cameras that it says capture images simultaneously, with the smartphone then fusing them together. Two of the Zeiss cameras are RBG, while the remaining three are monochrome. "It's the only camera in world capable of capturing multiple images at different exposure levels at the same time," HMD head of Global Portfolio and Product Planning Pranav Shroff told media. The Nokia 9 PureView runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform with dedicated ASIC; has a 5.99-inch 2K OLED screen; an under-display fingerprint sensor; 128GB of storage; a 3,300mAh battery; and no headphone jack.
The days of having to remember to pack a charger could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Nokia's latest smartphone, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has launched the Nokia 2, which comes with a 4,100 mAh battery that can last two days on a single charge. The Nokia 2 will be available from mid-November, with a global average retail price of €99 (£90/$115). The Nokia 2 was launched today by Finland-based HMD Global. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global said: 'People rely on their phones so much these days with many people subconsciously rationing their battery life when out and about so they can last the day. 'We don't think you should have to do less with your phone which is why we created a smartphone that can power through when other devices need a pit stop.
Generating hype around the Nokia brand with retro-inspired feature phones is all well and good, but that doesn't necessarily result in people opening their wallets. And to best cash in on any interest, you need a little something for everyone. To that end, HMD Global has announced a number of new Android smartphones at MWC beyond its pricey flagship. There's the Nokia 1, the company's cheapest entry-level device to date; the second-gen Nokia 6, which is going global after debuting in China last month and the Nokia 7 Plus, a bigger version of the China-exclusive 7, which was released last fall.
Once more I have the curious challenge of picking my'Smartphone of the Year'. Thanks to the industry pretty much agreeing on the performance and specifications expected from a flagship handset, I'm going to need to use a rather dangerous criteria - personal judgement. After all, if this was to be an article looking at everyone's opinions we'd end up with'the smartphone that upset the least number of people' of the year, and I don't want that. There's no empirical way of doing this, and that means that my criteria has been rather more about deciding why a smartphone shouldn't win the accolade… and seeing which handsets are still standing. The winning handset needs to say something about itself, about the manufacturer behind it, and it needs to have made an impact on the industry in the last twelve months.
Back Android's early days, the system's open-source generosity offered a huge advantage to phone manufacturers. In the Android Eclair and Froyo eras, there was palatable whimsy in interface design. Owning an Android phone was fun, and manufacturers developed identity by interpreting the system in their own special ways. But the modern Android experience is a mess of unnecessary customizations, ugly designs, and bloated app drawers. In short, Android's biggest problem in 2018 may be Android itself.