Recently revealed at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2018, the Android Go edition Nokia 1 and the more premium vanilla Android Oreo-equipped Nokia 7 plus will soon be available in Malaysia.
The Nokia 1 is Nokia’s first Android Go smartphone, which is based on an Android OS where apps are optimised to run smoothly even with 1GB or less RAM. As a result, Nokia is able to deliver a phone that runs well, at a highly affordable price. Aimed at giving people looking for a gateway into smartphones, the Nokia 1 comes with 4G connectivity, dual SIM support and more.
Like the Nokia mobiles of old, the Nokia 1 will come with exchangeable back covers ala Xpress-On. Not only are they colourful, the covers are built using tough-tone polycarbonate, making them tough enough to survive more than their share of bumps and knocks.
In the local launch, Vijay Thangavelu, who is the Country Manager for HMD Global in Malaysia & Myanmar, explained: “Given the trend of feature phone users switching to smartphones in Malaysia, we see an opportunity for the Nokia 1 to be a preferred choice for those making a step up from feature phones to smart phones. As the value market leader in feature phones, we understand the barriers and challenges people face when it comes to the transition, which is why we’ve introduced our Nokia 1 as our most affordable smartphone.”
The Nokia 1 is available starting 13th April 2018 for RM339. Customers can also buy additional two-per-pack Xpress-On covers for RM39.90, all the better to personalise their device.
Next up is the Nokia 7 plus, which is instead made to target upper midrange users who want a premium looking device. Crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium, the Nokia 7 plus has a distinctive ceramic feel to it thanks to the coating over it. It also has anodised edges, giving the device a nice two-tone finish.
The Nokia 7 plus sports a 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display that’s great for media content, such as games or videos. It also has decent specs thanks to 4GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 660 chipset inside, while a large 3,800 mAh battery ensures that it’ll last for very long. This model is also part of the Android One family, which means it gets the latest updates from Google and runs on a pure Android OS, with no bloatware.
Those interested in the Nokia 7 plus can get it beginning of 20th April 2018 for RM1,699. Also, for a limited time and while stocks last, a special gift box edition worth RM300 will be sold with it. Inside of the box is a Bluetooth tripod, tempered glass for the display, and three smartphone-use lenses.