Once considered as the top smartphone company in the market, Nokia all but died out a couple of years ago as the Android and iOS boom arrived with Nokia either sticking with Symbian OS or Windows phones. However, if the successful comeback stories of Motorola and HTC have shown anything, its that with the right commitment and leadership, any company can not only make a comeback but also end up making a huge splash in the market. With this list of all Nokia smartphones that came out in 2017, you will see how the company is set to make its mark once again in the market.
Nokia Smartphones That Came Out in 2017
When Microsoft partnered up with Nokia back in 2011 to push its Windows Phone devices, the situation for the smartphone company was pretty dire financial and the merger actually ended up putting them in an even worse condition for a while. By 2012, Nokia’s shares were down to almost $2 and the company was almost bankrupt. While the launch and success of the Lumia devices lineup helped the situation, it was evident that the partnership with Microsoft and the forced push of Windows OS weren’t sitting well with the market given how advanced Android and iOS was at this time.
However, the companies still went through with their plan and Microsoft finally completed their acquisition of Nokia in 2014. By this time, Nokia had improved itself through its budget Nokia smartphones Asha series and launched Lumia 920, an amazing device that challenged the best Android and iPhone devices of its time through the features it offered.
In 2016, the new Nokia mobile division, now referred to as Microsoft Mobile, was sold to HMD Global. HMD Global was started by former Nokia executive Jean-Francois Baril and was based out of Finland. The new HMD Global owned Nokia announced its push into the big smartphone market by finally making the jump to Android devices with the launch of Nokia 6 in January 2017. Below is a list of all the Nokia smartphones that came out in 2017 since the launch of Nokia 6, including Android devices and budget devices.
Expected to release later this month, the Nokia 2 is a budget offering from the company that certainly does not shy away from providing some top notch specifications to help Nokia get a standing in the Android market. Powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor, the 5-inch IPS display phone has 8GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB with microSD card. Nokia 2 will be running on Android 7.1.1 out of the box but Nokia and HMD have assured that the phone will be upgradeable to Android Oreo 8.0 later down the line. It is expected to launch with a price tag around 130 euros.
One of the earlier Nokia smartphones that came out in 2017, Nokia 3 launched in June and for the most part, is quite similar to Nokia 2 although it does make up for its increased price of 160 Euros by delivering some extra features. Instead of Snapdragon, the Nokia 3 is powered by the quad-core Mediatek MT6737, has 16GB internal storage that can be increased to 128GB and comes with 2GB RAM. For photography enthusiasts, the Nokia 3 has a pretty decent 8MP front and back camera with f/2.0 aperture size and autofocus.
Shortly after Nokia 3, the company launched another one of their anticipated Nokia smartphones, the Nokia 5, a stylish looking phone with a screen size of 5.2-inch making it ideal for people who prefer bigger screens but not massive phones. While its color schemes may have left something to be desired, the Nokia 5 offered a ton of features with great performance that made it look much better than what the 200 Euros price tag suggested. Equipped with a Snapdragon 430 processor, 16GB internal and 128GB microSD storage alongside 2GB of RAM, Nokia 5 is an ideal budget device for anyone looking to go back to their smartphone roots. For photography purposes, the device even has a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front.
As we mentioned earlier, this was the first Nokia Android smartphone which showed that the company was serious about making its mark in the market, especially at the lower price point level and then eventually make its way up to the top. While on the paper specifications of Nokia 6 are similar to Nokia 5, this 230 Euros phone earned the right to be called Nokia’s flagship phone with some other nifty features like Dolby Atmos sound support and dual speakers. The 5.5-inch 1080p display was powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor and Nokia 6 was available in two variants, 32GB storage, and 3GB RAM or 64GB storage and 4GB RAM. Nokia also bumped the camera at the back to 16MP while the front one remained 8MP.
Released in September, the Nokia 8 is the true flagship Nokia smartphone released in 2017 with top of the line specifications to rival high-end devices from companies like Samsung while also keeping budget users in mind with a 600 Euros price tag. Nokia 8 has a Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage that can be expanded to 128GB using microSD card. It is also the only Nokia 2017 smartphone that has a dual lens camera, with two 13MP sensors on the back, optical image stabilization, and Carl Zeiss optics. The front-facing camera is also not only 13MP but capable of 4K video recording. Despite having a smaller screen than Nokia 6, the 5.3-inch display of Nokia 8 has a resolution of 1440p so colors and image quality is better than the other phone.
Of course, besides these Android offerings, Nokia also launched some extremely cheap mobile phones as sort of a throwback to their old mobile lineup with reimagined devices like the new Nokia 3310. While they don’t really offer much in the features department, these Nokia mobiles can still be worth looking at for someone who wants a disposable phone or is just interested in texting and calling or is just feeling nostalgic.
Nokia 3310 3G
Easily one of the most popular Nokia mobiles from back in the day, the Nokia 3310 was a reimagined version of the classic phone with modern day features like Bluetooth, FM Radio, 2MP Camera, microSD card support and 3G connectivity. If you are tired of touchscreen phones and miss the old keypads, the Nokia 3310 3G might be the perfect and extremely cheap alternative that happens to have an amazing battery life.
Nokia 3310 Dual-Sim
For the most part, this variant of Nokia 3310 is just the same as the 3G version. However, it does include the option to use two SIM cards at the same time but also takes away 3G connectivity so you are stuck with 2G network. Nokia claims a battery life with a talk time of at least 22 hours which makes it a perfect device for outdoor trips when you won’t have access to charging outlets.
Nokia 150 Dual-Sim
Another classically themed Nokia device, the Nokia 150 Dual-Sim has Bluetooth 3.0 support, a VGA Camera, LED Torch ideal for camping and up to 32GB of storage with microSD card. The Dual-Sim phone has a talk time of 22 hours and MP3 playback up to 40 hours.
For faster texting, nothing beats the Nokia 105 with its island-style keys. Thanks to its tough polycarbonate shell (Nokia devices have always been known for being extremely durable) the Nokia 105 can handle a bit of rough handling as well. The phone offers 15 hours of talk time and while it lacks some features like a camera or MP3 player, it does have Dual-Sim support.
Nokia 105 Classic
Available in both single Sim and Dual-Sim models, the Nokia 105 Classic is another reimagined Nokia phone that came out in 2017. The phone is pretty basic in its features which can sometimes be a good thing as it offers 15 hours of talk time and 2G connectivity with basic mobile functions like Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, and Phonebook.
Nokia 230 Dual-Sim
With a back design that resembles a lot like the old Nokia C130 phone, the Nokia 230 has dual-sim option, 18 hours of talk time and not only a 2MP camera at the back with LED but also a front facing camera. The storage can also be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card should your music and photos start filling up the internal storage.
Nokia 216 Dual-Sim
The Nokia 216 Dual-Sim is quite similar to the Nokia 230 with some design changes and a reduced 0.3MP front and rear camera. Despite that, it can certainly hold its own with 18 hours of talk time, Bluetooth support, 32GB microSD support. With MP3 and Radio support, it is definitely a Nokia device worth checking out for your next camping trip.
Nokia 130 Dual-Sim
Lacking a camera, the Nokia 130 and its Dual-Sim variant only differ slightly in design but their features remain the same. Both offer 16 hours of talk time, Bluetooth, and 2G network support. Storage can be expanded up to 32GB and it also offers peer-to-peer Bluetooth data sharing.
So there you have it, our list of Nokia Smartphones That Came Out in 2017 should you feel the need to give the once great company another chance. With such diverse and reasonably priced offerings, it is clear that Nokia is in no rush to attempt to take over the smartphone market throne but is certainly aiming for it by first cornering the budget device market. Given their history, hopefully, they will have even more exciting Nokia smartphones coming out next year.