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Nokia launches refreshed Nokia 5.1, 3.1, and 2.1 with pure Android

As affordable as ever!

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Make no mistake about it: Nokia’s revival is turning out to be a fruitful one. Under the leadership of Finland-based HMD Global, the smartphone brand released refreshed models of last year’s successful handsets. These are the Nokia 5.1, 3.1, and 2.1

Staying true to their word, Nokia will offer these new smartphones at affordable prices. The Nokia 5.1 will retail for EUR 189, while the Nokia 3.1 will go for EUR 139, and the Nokia 2.1 has a price tag of only EUR 99.


As you’d expect, the Nokia 5.1 (pictured above) is the most well-equipped of the three. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD panel with the increasingly popular 18:9 aspect ratio. Surrounding it is an aluminum body with the fingerprint sensor located on the back. Because it’s a midrange device, a fitting Helio P18 from MediaTek powers it along with up to 3GB of memory, 32GB of storage, and a decent 2970mAh battery. There are two cameras on it: a 16-megapixel unit on the back and an 8-megapixel shooter in front. The color options are copper, blue, and black.

Nokia 3.1

Next we have the Nokia 3.1, which has a taller 5.2-inch 18:9 screen, but settles for a lower-resolution 720p screen. It also goes for a slower MT6750 chipset and a plastic back. What’s great though is that it can go up to 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage unlike its predecessor, and the battery capacity is at 2990mAh. We get another 8-megapixel front-facing camera, while a 13-megapixel sensor handles the rear. Interested parties have white, black, and blue color options to look forward to.

Finally, the Nokia 2.1 is the most affordable of the group, but it has Android Oreo (Go edition) to its credit. That means the Snapdragon 425 paired with the 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage have a light operating system to work with. In addition, the massive 4000mAh battery should be able to run this handset and its 5.5-inch 720p 16:9 display for over a day easily. For photos, you have an 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel selfie shooter. Colors come in two variants of blue and another in white.

Nokia 2.1

Since Nokia is committed to pure Android, the Nokia 5.1 and 3.1 will come with Android One out of the box and 8.0 Oreo. Availability is a little different, however: The Nokia 5.1 and 2.1 will be available in July, while the Nokia 3.1 will already roll out in June, but this highly depends per region.

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Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

Try Spotify Premium for a longer period of time

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Spotify offers a free trial for everyone wanting to try the Premium experience. Spotify Premium used to be free for just 30 days, but that is changing today. Starting this August, Spotify is extending its Premium free trial for three months.

Spotify Premium is now offering the first 3 months for free. Everyone can try it out. The feature is rolling out globally with all of the plans eligible upon sign-up.


However, the three month offer is open only for those who haven’t tried Premium before. To activate, visit the website of Spotify Premium. Signing up requires either a credit card or a carrier billing.

Those lucky to grab the three month offer gains access 50 million song tracks available on-demand and ad-free, along with access to 450,000 podcast titles. Spotify is the leading music streaming service globally, and it offers an Android, iOS, desktop and web apps for all. Today, it boasts 217 million users across 79 markets.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Android Q is just Android 10

10 is not a dessert

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Android is changing things up. After years of naming its newest iteration after a sweet treat, the newest version will now just be called Android 10.

Google’s mobile operating system explains that the decision to change its naming convention is aimed at being more inclusive.


Android says that while using names of tasty treats and desserts has always been a fun way of releasing each update annually, it wasn’t immediately understood by everyone. Especially not with a 2.5 billion user-base that’s spread all around the world. They’ve even gone out of their way to explain that “L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.”

They also made a fair point that it’s not easy for most people to identify if they’re device is running the latest OS. After all, there’s no clear indication that KitKat comes after Lollipop.

By switching to just Android 10, it becomes more easily understandable for all of its users, and the company felt that it was time for a change.

A new name also merits a new look. The Android robot is now officially part of the logo and the font color changed to black. The video below details the evolution.

 

 

 

 

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Redmi teases the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, confirms 64MP camera

Better cameras, batteries, and performance

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The race to 64-megapixel has begun. Earlier this month, Redmi and Realme both announced that they’ll sport Samsung’s 64MP sensor on their next smartphones. In trying to beat Realme to the punch, Redmi tries to get ahead of the game by announcing a launch date sooner than expected.

Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing revealed the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s existence on Weibo. The Redmi Note 8 features the most-awaited 64-megapixel sensor from Samsung. To further prove its capability, Weibing showed off its sample.


Image credit: Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing

It’s not just the cameras that people should be excited about. It seems the new smartphones will have better batteries and performance. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro might house a 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh battery, respectively, with the Note 8 Pro capable of supporting 18W fast charging.

Gearing towards gaming and performance, both devices will be powered by a MediaTek Helio G90T processor. Additionally, the Note 8 Pro will feature a liquid cooling technology for heat dissipation.

Design-wise, Redmi doesn’t seem like veering away from its usual aesthetic. In a hands-on photo from GizmoChina, the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro looks like a K20 Pro, only in a dark green variant packed with triple cameras and a fingerprint sensor. It has an all-metal body weighing below 200 grams, with a pop-up camera dedicated for selfies. Both phones are also expected to equip a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a notch.

More details are underway and all we can do is take everything with a grain of salt until further announcements have been made. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s launch will coincide with Redmi’s smart TV launch on August 29.

Via: GizmoChina

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks | Realme XT teased

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