Nokia: Flagships, and budget-friendly smartphones

Amongst the list of good smartphones, Nokia phones tend to have a good place on the list because of their peculiarities. They come with great features, strong hardware, and frequent software update at no cost. Nokia smartphones are made by HMD Global; one of the leading tech companies. These smartphones now comfortably compete with the likes of Infinix, Tecno, Xiaomi and other reliable smartphone brands.

Unlike other smartphone manufacturers, HMD has manufactured smartphones for different ranges, and they are all affordable, both for average and high income earners.
Let us discuss some of the best Nokia devices available from the most expensive, most powerful to the least expensive and least powerful.
They include:

Nokia 9 PureView (High-end)

This is one of the most anticipated devices of 2018. People were really eager to unveil Nokia’s new magic in form of a smartphone. However, there were lots of delays that hindered its unveiling, not until early 2019. When it was unveiled, the public excitement was gone as other smartphone manufacturers thrilled the public with their new products too. But that does not invalidate the peculiarity of the phone.

One of the highest highlights of Nokia 9 PureView is its stunning quad-lens camera on the rear. The front 5.99-inch OLED display is something to hold unto, with a respectable 2880 x 1440 QHD resolution. That puts it in the range of most flagships of its age, and it’s certainly bright and clear enough on its own, producing sharp colors and boasting a brightness that few other phones can rival.


Key specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12MP x 5. Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,320mAh
  • Sensor: On screen fingerprint
  • Operating system: 9 pie
  • Charging: USB-C 18W wired charging and 10W wireless charging
  • Water resistance: IP67 dust and water resistant.
  • Colors: Midnight blue
  • Price: $699

Nokia 8 Sirocco (High-end)

Nokia 8 Sirocco is a major iterative upgrade over Nokia 8 that was released in 2017. The fingerprint scanner is at the back of the device and some specs received a bump, asides that, the Nokia 8 and the Sirocco are very similar.

But when it comes to connectivity, it only supports a single SIM, microSD card-based expansion. Bluetooth 5.0 and a Type-C USB 3.1 port. Also, in terms of display, Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a curved, 5.5-inch QHD poled display featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The screen is very sharp and color accuracy is far from perfect with the white balance of the display at the cooler end of the spectrum i.e bluer colours.


But, for a time, the Nokia 8 Sirocco was the closest thing we had to a solid flagship under the “new” Nokia name. However, none of that should sway you from considering this device. It’s easy to get for as cheap as $500 and it still has some appealing specs, especially when you consider it was launched in early 2018. It also comes with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and has some potentials of upgrading to Android 10.

There was no official release of the phone in the United States. Therefore, if you do buy it online it will come without a manufacturer’s warranty. It’s also GSM-only, so no Sprint or Verizon support for this one.

Key specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,260mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Nokia 7.2 (mid-range)

This is also one of the newest device on this list, the phone was announced in September 2019, and it has since become the best mid-ranger with he Nokia brand name.
The captivating part of Nokia 7.3 is the triple rear camera system featuring a 48MP primary sensor. This is similar to what you will find in other smartphones that are much more expensive that Nokia 7.2. It is even similar to OnePlus 7T.

However, you’re not going to see the same specs on the Nokia 7.2 as you do on the OnePlus 7T. The Nokia 7.2 offers a weaker processor, less RAM, and a smaller battery. But, you will spend about half as much on the Nokia 7.2 as you would on the OnePlus 7T, so it is still a fair one.
The Nokia 7.2 is also a rarity on this list in that it supports all of the major wireless bands in the US, which means this device will work just fine on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Out of all the devices on this list of the best Nokia phones, this might be the best value if not the best overall choice.


Key specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 660
  • Storage: 128GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Nokia 8.1 (mid-range)

If you are considering Nokia 8 Sirocco but do not fancy the price tag, you can go for Nokia 8.1, which cuts a few corners to keep the price down and somewhat affordable. It looks a lot like the Nokia 8 Sirocco but features some modern stylings, such as the notched display on the front. This is also a bit bigger than the Sirocco and has a bigger display-to-body ratio. Unfortunately, the display resolution is a bit of a disadvantage when compared to the Sirocco, but it still offers 1080p.

You are also likely going to lose out on the high-end Snapdragon 800 series processor since the Nokia 8.1 comes with the Snapdragon 710. This is a great chip, no question, but it will definitely not match the speed and stability of the 835. Nokia 8.1 did not also get a US release but is fairly easy to get throughout the rest of the world.


Key specs

  • Display: 6.2-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 710
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Color: Blue, Silver, Iron, Copper
  • Operating system: Android 9pie
  • Cameras: 13 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Nokia 7 Plus (mid-range)

This was one time the overall best mid-range smartphone from HMD Global, but not anymore. Despite that, Nokia 7 Plus is still one of the best devices the company has offered the public. But, it is GSM only, this means that the carrier compatibility varies from country to country. It does not work on Sprint or Verizon.

If you stay in Nigeria, it is a good choice. It has some terrific features, some great cameras (for the price), the same processor as Nokia 7.2, and a slightly bigger battery. You get all of that for less money than you would spend on the 7.2.
In general, it is advisable that you get Nokia 7.2 if you live in the US. While, if you live anywhere else, the Nokia 7.2 is also a good choice, but the Nokia 7 Plus still has plenty to offer. Also, if you’re in the US, be aware that this device does not come with a manufacturer’s warranty.


Key specs:

  • Chipset: Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB and up to 256GB with a memory card
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Display: 6.0-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2160 X 1080 pixels (403 ppi)
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo (Android Go)
  • Chipset: Octa-core Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
  • Camera: Dual 12MP + 12MP rear camera and an 16MP front camera
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Sensor: Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • Battery: 3, 800mAh non removable Li-ion battery

Nokia 5.1 Plus (entry-level)

When you go down to the entry-level list of HMD Global smartphones, things get a little murky and frustrating. You are going to spend less than $200 on this phone (and the next two phones on this list), but for just a few dollars more you could get something much better such as the Nokia 7.2.

However, if you are on a strict under-$200 budget, then the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a good bet for your budget. Its specs are certainly not going to blow your mind, but it has an attractive, modern design and is readily available, (although it does not work on Sprint or Verizon).

The big advantage with it is that the 5.1 Plus has a USB-C port that allows faster charging and faster data transfer speeds when compared to the Micro-USB port on the Nokia 4.2 and the Nokia 2.2.
However, a big disadvantage with this phone is that you can’t use it for some payments. You can’t use this device especially for contactless payments using something such as Google Pay.

Key specs:

  • Display: 5.84-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1520 x 720 pixels (287 ppi)
  • Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
  • Chipset: Octa-core MediaTek Helio P6o CPU with 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB/64GB built-in storage, up to 256GB with a memory card
  • Camera: Dual 13MP + 5MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Sensor: Fingerprint reader (rear)
  • Battery: 3,060mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery

Nokia 4.2 (entry-level)

The Nokia 4.2 and the Nokia 5.1 Plus are similar in price (just under $200). We won’t advise you to choose the 4.2 over the 5.1 Plus. Well, the Nokia 4.2 is a bit smaller (if you’re looking for a more compact device) and has an almost better processor. It also has a waterdrop notch, which is a nice touch for such a cheap phone.

However, as stated earlier, it also has a Micro-USB port, which, at this point, is outdated. If you can sacrifice the nearly better processor, it might be better to get the Nokia 5.1 Plus for this reason alone.
If the slow, non-reversible Micro-USB port is no big deal to you, it does have another advantage: an NFC chip. The Nokia 5.1 Plus lacks this feature which means you cannot use the Nokia 5.1 Plus for the electronic contactless payments using something like Google Pay but you can also do this with the Nokia 4.2.
As usual, it does not work on Sprint or Verizon in the US, but its global availability and affordability is pretty good.

Key specs:

  • Display: 5.71-inch IPS Display, 720 x 1520 pixels (295 ppi)
  • Operating system: Android 9 Pie OS (Android One)
  • Chipset: Octa-core 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Storage: 2GB RAM / 3GB RAM
  • Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Rear Camera
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • Storage: 16GB / 32GB Internal Storage, up to 256GB Memory Card
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh Non-Removable Li-ion Battery

Nokia 2.2 (Entry-level)

This is the best ultra-cheap phone you can get from HMD Global without venturing so low as to opt for Android Go versions. In general, if you’re looking for the best phone you can get for the least amount of money possible, the Nokia 2.2 is your go-to.
One notable feature about the Nokia 2.2 is the presence of a removable battery something rarely seen in modern smartphones. If this is an important feature to you, then you can go ahead and get the phone.

Also, apart from that, though, this phone offers the bare minimum of specs and features. It does have an NFC chip, which is great, but it is stuck on the outdated Micro USB port for charging and data transfer like the Nokia 4.2 up above.
Unlike every other device on this list, you also only get one single camera lens at the back. Don’t buy this phone if you have high expectations, this is fit for you if you want something simple and affordable.
This smartphone only works on GSM-based carriers in the US, which means no Sprint or Verizon. It is available in the US, though, with a full manufacturer’s warranty this time.

Key specs:

  • Display: 5.71 inch IPS infinity-U Display, 720 x 1520 Pixels (295 ppi), 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: 1.3GHz Quad-Core Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22
  • Camera: 13 MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera
  • Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie, Android One
  • RAM: 2GB RAM / 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB / 32GB Built-in Storage, up to 256GB Memory Card
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Battery: 3,000mAh Removable Li-ion Battery

In conclusion, the above listed phones are our picks when it comes to Nokia smartphones. Although there are lots of other options out there as well. We will surely update this post as soon as new models are unveiled. You can purchase these phones anywhere in Nigeria, either through online stores like Jumai, or local stores within your reach.

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