Nokia 2018 smartphone range in Australia this May

Nokia 2018 smartphone

The Nokia 2018 smartphone range – Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 1 – will be available in Australia in May. The banana phone won’t be coming yet.

The new Nokia 6.1 ($399) and Nokia 1 ($149) will be available in selected Australian retailers from this Friday, May 4th.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco ($1,199) and Nokia 7 Plus ($649) will be available in selected Australian retailers from Tuesday, May 17th. These are part of Google’s Android One programme.

The Nokia 1 will run Android Oreo (Go edition), a Google OS tailored to devices that run 1GB RAM or less.

Nokia 2018 smartphoneAn overview of the Nokia 2018 smartphone range

The new Nokia 8 Sirocco brief specifications include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB/128GB UFS2.1/microSD to 256GB
  • 5” QHD, 2560 x 1440, 16:9, P-OLED Gorilla Glass 5, small top and bottom bezel only
  • Dual rear cameras: 12MP, 1.4um, f/1.7 and 13MP telephoto, 1.0um, f/2.6 – with 2x Optical Zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus and Pro mode camera app
  • Three mics with 24-bit and ability to record up to 132dB
  • Wi-Fi AC MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0
  • 3260mAh battery, Fast (50% in 30m) and Qi wireless charge
  • LTE 600/150Mb/s
  • Pure Android Oreo 8 and Google Assistant
  • A$1,199 in May

What’s missing: 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speaker, still 16:9 screen, IP rating not disclosed

GadgetGuy’s take: The upgraded camera looks excellent

The new Nokia 7 Plus is what Nokia calls a hero phone for everyone.

It has gone to 18:9 format screen and retains the Sirocco dual camera setup.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 4GB/64 eMMC/microSD to 256GB
  • 6” QHD, 2160 x 1080, 18:9, IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 3, small top and bottom bezel only
  • Dual rear cameras: 12MP, 1.4um, f/1.7 and 13MP telephoto, 1.0um, f/2.6 – with 2x Optical Zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus and Pro mode camera app
  • Selfie: 16MP 1.4um
  • Three mics with 24-bit and ability to record up to 132dB
  • Wi-Fi AC MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0
  • 3800mAh battery
  • LTE 300/50Mb/s
  • Pure Android Oreo 8 and Google Assistant
  • A$649 in May

What’s missing: Qi charge (not usual on mid-range), 3.5” audio jack, no stereo speaker, IP rating not disclosed

Nokia says its new Nokia 6.1 is a phone you can rely on.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 3GB/32 eMMC/microSD to 128GB
  • 5.5”, 1920 x 1080, 16:9, IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 3, small top and bottom bezel only
  • Rear camera: 16 MP (f/2.0, 27mm, 1.0µm), PDAF, Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Selfie: 8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm, 84° FOV), 1080p
  • Two mics and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Wi-Fi N dual band and Bluetooth 5.0
  • 3000mAh battery with USB-C Qualcomm Quick charger 3.0
  • LTE 150/50Mb/s
  • Pure Android Oreo 8 and Google Assistant
  • A$399 in May

What’s missing: Qi charge (not usual on mid-range), no stereo speaker, IP rating not disclosed, still 16:9 format screen.

Nokia 1 is billed as a complete Nokia smartphone experience, accessible to everyone – and we hope so!

It is a first phone, give it to your kids and slip in a pre-paid sim.

  • MT6737M Quad Core 1.1GHz, 1GB/8GB eMMC/microSD to 128GB
  • 5” FWVGA, 854 x 480, 16:9, IPS
  • Rear cameras: 5MP
  • Selfie: 2MP
  • One mic and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth 4.2
  • 2150mAh removable battery
  • LTE Cat 4
  • IP52
  • Pure Android Oreo 8 (Go Edition)
  • A$149 in May. Xpress-on covers extra

GadgetGuy’s take – the Nokia 2018 smartphone range has something for everyone

We hope to be reviewing these phones over the coming weeks. If you are buying anything from an entry-level to a flagship, remember to put Nokia on your shopping list. If only for old times sake.

  1. Also a former Windows 10 phone user, I changed to an Android Samsung S8, I liked the Nokia models and would have selected one, but I don’t think they supported wireless charging. I also thing the Microsoft launcher is great.

    1. Hi Dave
      Like you I was a Windows Phone user and loved my bright yellow Nokia. Amazing phone OS so far ahead of its time it is a shame Microsoft abandoned it.
      And like you I went to a Samsung S8, Note 8 etc which I find the best Android smartphone and they have Qi charging. Not taking away from others but no QI, no microSD slot and no 3.5mm jack are deal breakers for me.
      I am looking forward to seeing how the new Nokia Android phones stack up and will be reviewing the 8 and 7 soon.

  2. I currently have a Windows 10 Phone and need to upgrade as it is around two years old. I know that Windows have all but stopped having phones so this is forcing me to either Android or Apple. I have been recommended to go with Android over Apple for my personal circumstances, so now I just need to find a suitable phone. I used to only buy Nokia as they were a great reliable phone. Is this new batch made by the same company that was taken over by Microsoft or is this a new manufacturer using Nokia name under licence? Otherwise I am down to a Samsung or a Huawei 10 Mate Pro.

    1. Stick to Android as it is the most open system. The new Nokia has the bones of the old one after Microsoft picked it clean. Good people and it’s run from Finland. Nokia is a safe bet and quality seems to be good.
      My pick is the OPPO R11s or R11s Plus – amazing phones at great prices. Otherwise, the Samsung Galaxy A8 or Huawei Mate 10 Pro cannot be faulted.

    1. I will ask Nokia but I suspect the answer is no. Telcos are spoiled for choice and seem to have closed ranks to all bar Samsung, Apple and some lower cost phones.

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