Nokia launches new smartphones in UAE, eyes more growth and market share

HMD Global says Nokia 7 plus and new Nokia 6 are now available to buy from retailers in UAE, while the Nokia 8 Sirocco will start retailing this week

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Abdul Basit

Dubai – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, on May 3 launched the new range of Nokia smartphones in the UAE with an aim to capture more market share and growth with the extended range of 10 models.

On Thursday, the Finnish company said that the Nokia 7 plus and the new Nokia 6 are now available to buy from retailers in UAE, while the Nokia 8 Sirocco will start retailing this week.

Available in Black, the Nokia 8 Sirocco will start retailing in the UAE on May 3, at an average retail price of Dh2,399. The Nokia 7 plus – available in Black/Copper and White/Copper – is available now from Dh1,399 across retailers in UAE. Available in three colours – Black/Copper, White/Iron and Blue/Gold – the new Nokia 6 is available now from Dh899 across retailers in the country.

While Nokia is sold in 170 countries with operations in 80 countries, the UAE is one of the top global markets for the Finnish company.

Unveiled earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the smartphones offer the craftsmanship and reliability you expect from a Nokia phone, and come with a pure, smart, secure and up-to-date Android experience.

Sanmeet Singh Kochhar, General Manager – Middle East, HMD Global, said: “We are delighted to bring to UAE three Nokia smartphones that will delight our fans. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the true embodiment of effortlessly elegant craftsmanship, combining a premium curved glass finish with incredible performance. The Nokia 7 plus is a true hero in our smartphone range, offering unprecedented design and innovative imaging capabilities. The new Nokia 6 represents our core values – quality phones based on real-life needs. These three new Nokia smartphones deliver the pure, secure and up-to-date Android One experience endorsed by Google.”

Nokia 8 Sirocco: elegant design and powerful storytelling
Inspired by the rich design heritage of Nokia phones, the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s elegant design and compact style is the ideal blend of precise craftsmanship and purposeful innovation. Delivering powerful storytelling features including enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics and carefully tuned acoustics with Nokia spatial audio, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is an ultra-compact powerhouse, and our most beautiful smartphone to date.

Its curved glass finish envelops a precision-crafted stainless-steel frame to deliver a fusion of strength and beauty. Just 2mm thin at the edge, the Nokia 8 Sirocco combines a curved edge-to-edge pOLED 2K 5.5-inch display with smaller bezels and moulded body curves to create an ultra-compact profile.

Its stainless steel frame is 2.5 times stronger than 6000 series aluminium, and its 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 is robust enough to endure life’s everyday knocks. Luxuriously weighted and perfectly balanced, it feels more secure in your hand thanks to the improved grip given by the dual diamond-polished stainless steel frame.

Now capture every detail thanks to the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics that combine an ultra-sensitive, wide angle primary camera for impressive low-light performance and a secondary 13MP sensor with 2x optical zoom. And with Pro Camera mode you get full manual control over every picture you take, helping you capture photos like a pro.

Nokia 7 Plus: the flagship hero for everyone
Made for creators to deliver stunning content, the Nokia 7 Plus has the screen, power, design and features to make it a true hero in our smartphone range. Combining innovative optical hardware and imaging algorithms, the Nokia 7 Plus captures moments into photos that are true to life. With enhanced Dual-Sight, dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics combine an ultra-sensitive 12MP wide-angle primary camera for excellent performance in both low-light and extra bright conditions and a secondary 13MP camera that delivers 2x optical zoom for the moments when you wish you were closer.

To enable you to capture and enjoy more content for longer, the Nokia 7 Plus is backed by the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 Mobile Platform. It’s been optimised and integrated for maximum performance and battery life, even when you are broadcasting your #Bothie videos live on Facebook or YouTube. Optimised to extract every bit of juice from the already powerful 3800 mAh battery, the Nokia 7 Plus delivers an amazing 2-day battery life.

Its gently curved back and slim edges give you a big-screen experience in a comfortable, neat package. The vivid 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display makes the Nokia 7 Plus perfect for browsing, social media consumption, gaming and entertainment with more content in the same width as a traditional 5.5-inch display device.

The New Nokia 6: Award-winning phone just got even better
Building on the success of its predecessor, the New Nokia 6 packs even more powerful performance and great new features in a more compact, durable body. Over 60% faster than its award-winning predecessor, it now offers enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics, USB-C fast-charging, a more compact screen-to-body ratio, Nokia spatial audio and pure, secure and up-to-date Android Oreo™.

The New Nokia 6 takes the original’s precision craftsmanship to the next level by combining a unibody, made from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium, with an 11-hour two-tone anodising and polishing process. And by uniting a sculpted 2.5D display with damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the New Nokia 6’s compact and refined body is built to last.

Our engineers have integrated the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 Mobile Platform to deliver fast and smooth performance alongside great day-long battery life.

For added security and ease, the new Nokia 6 recognises you, giving you the ability to unlock your phone with your face, lightning fast. Available over the air in Q2.

Pure, secure and up-to-date reinforced with Android One commitment
The Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 plus and the new Nokia 6 join the Android One family, offering a high-quality software experience designed by Google. They will stay fresh over time with the latest Google innovations and regular security updates and because they run pure Android, these Nokia phones come with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would eat up your battery life or slow it down so you can enjoy your new phone for longer. As with all Nokia smartphones in the Android One program, they will come with a limited number of pre-installed apps so that you’ll get more storage space.

By shipping with Android Oreo™ out of the box, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 fantastic new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use. -abdulbasit@theuaenews.com