Fresh from its September 22nd global event where it showcased its latest offerings, HMD Global has today, in a virtual launch, unveiled the next generation of Nokia smartphones that will not only be hitting the global market, but also making their way to the local market in a matter of weeks.
Joining the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and several accessories announced yesterday in the Kenyan market soon will be the Nokia 8.3 5G which was announced about 6 months ago but is only showing up everywhere around the world at this moment.
The entry-level Nokia 2 series is being updated with the Nokia 2.4 joining the fray to take the place of the Nokia 2.3.
Like every other Nokia smartphone, the device will be supported by way of monthly security updates for 3 years and is guaranteed Android upgrades all the way to Android 12. For the first time ever, the Nokia 2 series is getting the dual-camera setups that have been a mainstay of similar devices from competitors for at least 2 years now. The same is true of the addition of a fingerprint sensor, located at the back of the device. Finally.
The device comes just under a year since we saw its predecessor become available in the Kenyan market. It features an even bigger display, at 6.5 inches (compared to the Nokia 2.3’s 6.2-inch display), an even bigger battery at 4,500mAh (compared to the 2.3’s 4,000mAh unit). The chipset has also been upgraded from the Helio A22 found on its predecessor to the Helio P22, allowing the device to have dual 4G SIM capabilities.
The Nokia 3.4 is perhaps HMD Global’s most ambitious budget smartphone, yet, and a worthy update to the Nokia 3 series. It brings with it the series’ first triple-camera setup and, finally, arrives with a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
For IT admins and organizations that have BYOD policies, the Nokia 3.4 offers the most affordable way to join tightly-controlled corporate environments as it’s part of the Android Enterprise Recommended programme.
Just like the Nokia 2.4 above, and most Nokia smartphones we saw introduced into the local market last year, it also features a dedicated Google Assistant button. Its design is consistent with that of HMD Global’s 2020 flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 5G.
Nokia 8.3 5G
The device that is tasked with headlining the Finnish company’s smartphone efforts this year is also its first 5G smartphone.
Not only that, it has also been touted as “the world’s first global 5G phone”. What that means, in a nutshell, is that users of the Nokia 8.3 5G will be able to take advantage of the device’s 5G connectivity capability to access superfast broadband anywhere they are on the globe where there are 5G networks. This is because, according to HMD Global, the Nokia 8.3 5G supports all mobile network bands from 600MHz through to 3.8GHz, the largest range of 5G bands currently supported by any phone out in the market at the moment.
In Kenya, where 5G is yet to publicly roll out, buyers of the Nokia 8.3 5G are guaranteed of future-proofing as, like was the case with the rollout of 4.5G and VoLTE in past years, their devices will be ready to connect to 5G networks when they become available.
As can be expected of a Nokia flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 5G arrives with Zeiss Optics, a PureDisplay (that, sadly, does not have any high-refresh rates) and more.
HMD Global is also bringing to the local market the accessories that it announced at its global event yesterday. These are the Nokia Power Earbuds Lite and the Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker.
Combined with the power offered by the charging case, the Nokia Power Earbuds Lite offer a total of 150 hours of playtime. They are also IPX7 rated for up to 30 minutes submersion in up to a metre of water.
Pricing and availability
The Nokia Power Earbuds Lite and the Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker have an indicative pricing (may change due to currency fluctuations) of Kshs 6,000 and Kshs 4,000 respectively.
The Nokia 8.3 5G, which becomes available in the next 2 weeks, will be going for Kshs 69,000. Buyers of this device will be getting a pair of Nokia Power Earbuds Lite for free.
The Nokia 2.4 will be going for Kshs 14,000 for the variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage and Kshs 15,000 for the 3GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage variant. It will be available in about a month.
The Nokia 3.4 will be going for Kshs 17,000 for the variant with 3GB RAM while the 4GB RAM variant will cost Kshs 18,000. Both variants come with 64 gigabytes of internal storage and will be made available in the local market in a month.