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.