MWC 2019: Everything Announced At The Nokia Press Conference

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HMD Global didn't hold back anything when it came to their MWC Press Conference, announcing the Nokia 9 Pureview and more.

Nokia 9 Pureview

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What is it?

This year's Nokia flagship, and the most-camera focused modern Nokia phone to date.

What are the specs like?

Under the hood, the Nokia 9 Pureview is packing a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, IP68 waterproofing, a 5.99-inch display OLED display and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Of course, the real draw here is the camera system.

What's exciting about it?

Co-developed by Light, the Nokia 9's camera system features a five-lens array that consists of three 12-megapixel (f/1.8) monochrome sensors and two 12-megapixel (f/1.8) RGB sensors. Together these lenses allow the camera on the back of the Nokia 9 to capture up to 240MP worth of data and over 12.4 stops of dynamic range. Given that the camera side of the smartphone equation has traditionally where HMD's Nokia devices have lagged behind, it's an impressive feat on paper and we're keen to see how it holds up in practice.

How much will it cost and when can I buy it?

HMD say that the Nokia 9 PureView is set to come to JB Hi Fi and Harvey Norman stores in Australia sometime this year. In New Zealand, the new handset will be stocked through Spark, Skinny and Harvey Norman.  

Nokia 210

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What is it?

HMD's latest feature phone for those on a budget.

What are the specs like?

The Nokia 210 features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, rear-mounted VGA camer, 1020mAh battery and 16-megabytes of on-board storage. Rather than something like Android, the Nokia 210 runs on a proprietary operating system that comes with the Opera web browser pre-installed and several apps, including Facebook and Snake.

What's exciting about it?

Honestly, the most-exciting thing here is the price. In the US, the Nokia 210 is priced at $35. If you're already committed to the idea of picking up a modern feature phone, that makes the Nokia 210 a pretty low-risk investment.

How much will it cost and when can I buy it?

For better or worse, it doesn't look like the Nokia 210 will be coming to the Australian market.

Nokia 1 Plus

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What is it?

A refreshed take on last year's budget-focused Nokia 1 with a larger screen.

What are the specs like

The Nokia 1 Plus is 12% slimmer than Nokia 1 and features a 5.45-inch FWVGA+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.  Under the hood, the Nokia 1 Plus features a quad-core MediaTek processor, 2500mAh battery, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. On the back, the device features an 8-megapixel rear-camera. The front-face of the unit is adorned with a 5-megapixel shooter.

What's exciting about it?

As with the original Nokia 1, the Nokia 1 Plus runs on Android Go edition. This time, Pie rather than Oreo. This means that despite the stripped down specs, it should still offer relatively snappy performance when it comes to the usual Google apps like Youtube, Gmail and more.

How much will it cost and when can I buy it?

In the US, the Nokia 1 Plus will be priced at $99. Australian pricing and availability has yet to be determined but HMD say that the Nokia 1 Plus will come to JB Hi-Fi sometime after the Nokia 9 Pureview does.

Nokia 3.2

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What is it?

An update to the previous Nokia 3.1 that adds a teardrop notch display and more.

What are the specs like?

The new Nokia 3.2 features a 6.26-inch HD+ display with a teardrop notch, a Snapdragon 429 processor, either 2GB or 3GB of RAM (depending on your region) and either 16GB or 32GB of storage (again, depending on your region) plus a 4000mAh battery. As for the cameras, the Nokia 3.2 touts a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing one.

What's exciting about it?

For a device with an expected sub-$200 price-tag, the Nokia 3.2 packs in a lot of solid features from face unlock, to a Pixel 3-style depth editor to two-day battery life to a unique notification light to a dedicated Google Assistant key, similar to that found in LG's G7 ThinQ.

How much will it cost and when can I buy it?

In the US, the Nokia 3.2 weighs in with a price-tag of $139 USD. Australian pricing is to be confirmed but HMD do say that it'll be coming to the Australian market sometime after the Nokia 9 Pureview does.

Nokia 4.2

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What is it?

An update to the Nokia 4.2 released last year.

What are the specs like?

The new Nokia 4.2 features a 5.71-inch display, fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 439 processor, either 2GB or 3GB of RAM (depending on your region) and either 16GB or 32GB of storage (again, depending on your region) plus a 3000mAh battery

What's exciting about it?

Although it features the same notification light and Google Assistant key found in the Nokia 3.2, the Nokia
4.2 differentiates itself through the more powerful camera system - which HMD say provides better low-light performance. Camera-wise, the Nokia 4.2 features a dual-lens rear camera that combines a 13-megapixel primary lens with a second 2-megapixel lens. There's also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

How much will it cost and when can I buy it?

In the US, the Nokia 3.2 weighs in with a price-tag of $169 USD. Australian pricing is unknown at this time but HMD say that the Nokia 4.2 will be coming to Australia sometime after the Nokia 9 Pureview does later in the year.

Disclosure - PC World Australia's coverage of this year's MWC in Barcelona was sponsored by Oppo who covered the costs of our flights and accommodation.


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