HMD Global has today officially introduced the Nokia 1, Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 Plus into the Kenyan Market.
The Nokia 1 has been on sale in Kenya for a while now however, and it HMD’s cheapest offering.
Both the Nokia 6 and the Nokia 7 Plus are part of Google’s Android One Project and one is assured of fast Android Security updates and full System Updates directly from Google. They also run stock Android which means no bloatware of double purpose applications like on other devices.
Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 7 Plus have Zeiss branding on their cameras and both support Nokia’s signature Bothie Mode where one can shoot video with both front and back cameras at the same time. There’s also support for going live on YouTube/Faceboo directly from phone camera on either front or back camera or both.
The Nokia 6.1 is the 2018 version of last years Nokia 6 which had an exciting design. Same to last year, the Nokia 6’s design is still amazing, though from the few moments holding it, the fingerprint scanner placement would pose a challenge to those who use it. I found myself touching the flash instead of the fingerprint scanner which is at the center of the device.
The Nokia 7 Plus, which is a totally new device category is a really interesting device. It is Nokia’s only 18:9 aspect ratio phone, the bezels are far reduced and it is an exciting mid-range device with good specs. I think this is a phone many, including I, would consider over more expensive devices. I was greatly impressed with the cameras, the premium design and its IPS LCD display.
Both the Nokia 6.1 and the Nokia 7 Plus have USB type-C and they run the latest version of Android.
The Nokia 7 Plus will be retailing at Ksh. 46,000 while the Nokia 6 will cost Ksh. 29,000. The Nokia 1 is currently retailing at Ksh. 9,500. What are your thoughts?