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Nokia 8.3 5G – No Time To Die Photoshoot : Behind The Scene

HMD Global partnered with the upcoming Bond movie – No Time To Die – to market their Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone with a photoshoot.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video for a look at how much effort they went into this photoshoot, and the final output from the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone!

 

Nokia 8.3 5G : No Time To Die Marketing Photoshoot

In March 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, HMD Global announced that they won the rights to be the official phone partner for the 25th James Bond movie – No Time To Die.

This bought them the right to include into the movie, both the iconic Nokia 3310 and the Nokia 8.3 5G – their upcoming 5G smartphone with a PureView quad camera system featuring ZEISS optics.

The partnership also bought them the rights to an exclusive No Time To Die marketing photoshoot with Lashana Lynch, who plays 00 agent Nomi in the movie.

We should point out that while the Nokia 8.3 5G was featured in the movie and this photoshoot, it was not used to actually film any part of the movie.

Even for this photoshoot, the amount of preparation is incredible and really elaborate. They even brought in social media photographer Ben MacLean to take the photo at the iconic Pinewood Studios, with a 30-foot rig suspending him in the air.

 

Nokia 8.3 5G : The Ultimate Shot

Here is the ultimate shot that Ben MacLean took at No Time To Die photoshoot using the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone.

Impressive! But if you are planning to buy the Nokia 8.3 5G because you think it will let you take such photos, you will be sorely disappointed.

It would be remiss of us not to remind you all of the elaborate preparation and lighting needed to achieve that shot.

Of course, that’s the purpose of such marketing efforts – to convince you of what’s potentially achievable with a lot of effort… not what most users will end up with.

That’s why we make sure that our smartphone reviews include real world photo and video samples taken on-the-go like normal people.

Here are a selection of our smartphone reviews you can check out :

 

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The Nokia 3.1 Plus Price + Specifications Revealed!

HMD Global just announced the Nokia 3.1 Plus – their latest Android One smartphone with a 6-inch display and a dual-lens cameraHere are its key features and specifications, as well as its price, availability!  

The Nokia 3.1 Plus Features

MediaTek Helio P22

The Nokia 3.1 Plus runs on the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762), which has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 2 GHz. It comes with 3 GB of memory, and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 flash storage.

Large Display, Large Battery

The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a 6-inch HD+ display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. And to make sure you get to enjoy it for hours on end, it has a 3,500 mAh battery.

Dual Lens Camera

The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a dual lens camera at the back – a main 13 MP PDAF camera coupled with a 5 MP depth sensor. The main camera has a bright f/2.0 lens, while the depth sensor has a f/2.4 lens.

The depth sensor does not take any pictures. It helps the main camera separate the subject from the background, allowing it to apply software bokeh to the background with great accuracy.

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus Price + Availability

The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes in the Blue, Baltic and White colour options. However, only the Blue colour will be available for purchase in Malaysia starting 25 January 2019, with an official price of RM 699 / ~$169 / ~£129.

Customers who purchase it in Malaysia will receive free gifts worth RM 109a rugged case, tempered glass screen protector and a 5,200 mAh powerbank.  

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus Specifications

SpecificationsNokia 3.1 Plus
Display6-inch IPS display
- HD+ resolution (720 x 1440 pixels)
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 268 ppi pixel density
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
System PlatformMediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762)
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (Up to 2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorPowerVR GE8320 (650 MHz)
Memory3 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM (1600 MHz)
Storage32 GB eMMC 5.1 flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 400 GB)
Front Camera8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera
- 13 MP PDAF sensor with f/2.0 lens
- 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
- single LED flash
Network CapabilityLTE Cat4
- up to 150 Mbps DL
- up to 50 Mbps UL
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
USB : micro USB 2.0
Audio : 3.5 mm port
SensorsProximity, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Ambient Light, Gyroscope
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-Mounted
AudioSingle speaker
FM Radio
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions76.44 mm wide
156.68 mm tall
8.19 mm thick
Weight180 g
Available ColoursBlue

 

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How To Check If You Have The Real Nokia 8110 Banana Phone

The Nokia 8110 Banana Phone was famous for being featured in The Matrix. Needless to say, nostalgia ensured that the revived Nokia 8110 was an instant hit for HMD Global. However, its popularity ensured a steady stream of counterfeit banana phones. Can you tell which is the real Nokia 8110 banana phone?

 

Deluge Of Fake Nokia 8110 Banana Phones

HMD Global is right to be concerned about counterfeit banana phones. They eat into the sales of their hit model, and could negatively impact the Nokia brand if people have a bad experience with these fake banana phones, but believe it’s the real banana phone.

 

Will The Real Banana Phone Please Stand Up?

At a recent exclusive session, HMD Global shared with us two fake banana phone examples. Take a look and see if you can tell the difference.

 

How To Identify A Fake Nokia 8110 Banana Phone

HMD Global shared with us some tips on how to identify the fake banana phone models.

While the fake banana phone models may look similar to the real Nokia 8110 4G, they have poorer build quality, with smaller, duller displays. They also have less capabilities than the real banana phone.

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How To Identify The REAL Nokia 8110 Banana Phone

Here in Malaysia, the real Nokia 8110 4G banana phone is distributed and sold by AVAXX Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd. So you should always look for the AVAXX sticker on the packaging.

The real Nokia 8110 4G banana phone is available in two colours – Traditional Black (the Matrix phone!) and Banana Yellow (for you monkeys!), with a recommended retail price of RM 285 / ~US$ 70.  Sp be VERY SUSPICIOUS about any banana phones being sold for much less!

 

Where To Buy The REAL Nokia 8110 Banana Phone

To make sure you get the real deal, here are some purchase links of the REAL Nokia 8110 banana phone :

  • Malaysia (Black or Yellow) : RM 285 (Web | App)
  • United States : $128.99 (Black | Yellow)

 

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The Nokia 1 Entry-Level 4G Smartphone Preview

After the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 1 launch, we had some time to try out the Nokia 1 smartphone. Here is our preview of the Nokia 1 – an entry-level 4G smartphone that runs on Android Oreo Go Edition. Find out why Nokia thinks it will be the perfect smartphone for feature phone users to upgrade to!

 

The Nokia 1 Entry-Level 4G Smartphone

The Nokia 1 is an entry-level 4G smartphone that runs on the latest Android Oreo Go edition. The Go Edition is a version of Android optimised for devices with 1GB RAM or less, offering a smooth and responsive experience at an affordable price.

The Nokia 1 is runs on a quad-core processor, with 4G connectivity and dual SIM support. It is powered by a 2,150 mAh battery, and a power-efficient IPS display.

Personalised Style

Available in Warm Red and Dark Blue, Nokia 1 can change its look thanks to the Xpress-on covers which come in a range of vibrant colours. These polycarbonate covers simply click on and off in seconds, allowing you to personalise the Nokia 1 to your preference. 

Android Oreo Go Edition

Tailored for devices with 1 GB RAM or less, Android Oreo Go Edition comes with a new range of apps from Google designed to run faster while consuming less data.

Optimised to be smooth and fast, these include Google Go – a web search app, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go and Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), to quickly send messages, make calls, set alarms and do more, simply by using your voice.

With fewer pre-installed and much lighter apps on Android Oreo Go Edition, you get 2x more storage out of the box compared with Android Nougat.

 

Nokia 1 Specifications

SpecificationsNokia 1 Smartphone
Display4.5" IPS display
- FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels)
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1 Go Edition
System PlatformMediaTek MT6737M
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.1 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720
Memory 1 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage8 GB eMMC flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera2 MP fixed focus camera
Rear Camera5 MP fixed focus camera with LED flash
Network CapabilityLTE FDD/TDD
- up to 150 Mbps DL
- up to 50 Mbps UL
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : micro USB 2.0
Audio : 3.5 mm port
SensorsProximity, Ambient Light, G-Sensor, Gyroscope
Battery2,150 mAh lithium-ion battery (removable)
Dimensions67.78 mm wide
133.6 mm tall
9.5 mm thick
Weight133 g
Available ColoursWarm Red / Dark Blue

 

Price + Availability

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The Nokia 1 is available in Warm Red and Dark Blue colours beginning 13 April 2018, at a recommended retail price of RM 339 / ~US$ 87.

Additional Xpress-on covers are sold separately and priced from RM 39.90 / ~US$ 9.99 (for a set of 2). Colour choices include Azure, Grey, Yellow and Pink.

 

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The Nokia 7 plus + Nokia 1 Price, Features + Specs Revealed!

HMD Global just announced the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 1 price, features and specifications. Don’t forget to watch the full Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 plus presentation, and find out what out the killer features of these new Nokia smartphones!

 

The Nokia 7 plus + Nokia 1 Presentation

Let’s start with a detailed presentation on the killer features of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 plus smartphones. Who best to tell us about that than Vijay Thangevelu, the Country Manager (Malaysia and Myanmar) of HMD Global?

 

The Nokia 7 plus Smartphone

The Nokia 7 plus is a flagship smartphone with a powerful octa-core processor, enhanced Dual-Sight capability, and a dual-lens camera with ZEISS optics. Selected by Google for their Android One family, the Nokia 7 plus offers a pure, secure and up to date Android experience.

Precision-machined from a single block of 6000 series aluminium coated with a 6-layer ceramic coating, the Nokia 7 plus offers toughness with a more comfortable grip. It also sports an elegant diamond-cut edge, anodised with copper.

The large 6-inch Full HD+ display has a 18:9 aspect ratio which gives you more screen space in the form factor of a traditional 5.5″ device. Your enjoyment is further enhanced by its large 3,800 mAh battery, which Nokia claims will offer up to two days of usage.

SpecificationsNokia 7 plus
Display6" IPS display
- Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels)
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 403 ppi pixel density
- 500 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 (2.2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 512
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage64 GB flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera16 MP camera with ZEISS lens
Rear CameraMain camera
- 12 MP sensor with 1.4 µm pixels
- f/1.75 ZEISS lens
- dual-tone LED flash

Telephoto lens
- 13 MP sensor with 1.0 µm pixels
- f/2.6 ZEISS lens
Network CapabilityLTE Cat6
- up to 300 Mbps DL
- up to 50 Mbps UL
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Audio : 3.5 mm port
SensorsProximity, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Hall Sensor, Ambient Light, Gyroscope
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-Mounted
AudioSingle speaker with smart amplifier
Nokia spatiala audio capture with 3 microphones
Battery3,800 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports fast charging
Dimensions75.64 mm wide
158.38 mm tall
7.99 mm thick (9.55 with camera bump)
Weight185 g
Available ColoursBlack Copper / White Copper

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The Nokia 7 plus Fabrication Process

A notable feature of the Nokia 7 plus is its aluminium unibody chassis. Nokia shared with us samples of the fabrication process, which allowed us to create a video on its fabrication process. Check it out :

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The Nokia 1 Smartphone

The Nokia 1 is an entry-level smartphone that runs on Android Oreo (Go edition), which is optimised for devices with 1 GB of RAM or less. It also has a removable battery, and a power-efficient IPS display.

Powered by a quad-core processor, with 4G connectivity and dual SIM capability, the Nokia 1 offers an easy transition from feature phones to smartphones.

Available in Warm Red or Dark Blue, the Nokia 1 can easily swap covers with a selection of Xpress-on covers that are available in a range of vibrant colours.

SpecificationsNokia 1 Smartphone
Display4.5" IPS display
- FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels)
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1 Go Edition
System PlatformMediaTek MT6737M
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.1 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720
Memory 1 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage8 GB eMMC flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera2 MP fixed focus camera
Rear Camera5 MP fixed focus camera with LED flash
Network CapabilityLTE FDD/TDD
- up to 150 Mbps DL
- up to 50 Mbps UL
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : micro USB 2.0
Audio : 3.5 mm port
SensorsProximity, Ambient Light, G-Sensor, Gyroscope
Battery2,150 mAh lithium-ion battery (removable)
Dimensions67.78 mm wide
133.6 mm tall
9.5 mm thick
Weight133 g
Available ColoursWarm Red / Dark Blue

 

Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 1 Price & Availability

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The Nokia 1 is available in Warm Red and Dark Blue colours beginning 13 April 2018, at a recommended retail price of RM 339 / ~US$ 87.

The Nokia 7 plus is available in the Black/Copper and White/Copper colours beginning 20 April 2018, at a recommended retail price of RM 1,699 / ~US$ 435.

 

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The Nokia 8 Smartphone Introduces Dual-Sight Bothie!

On Friday, we were invited to the launch of the Nokia 8 Dual-Sight smartphone by HMD Global. As their flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8 was designed with content creators in mind, and boasts three world’s first features. Let’s check out what those features are!

 

The Nokia 8 Dual-Sight Smartphone Revealed!

With a 7.3 mm thin unibody chassis precision-milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium before being refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodising and polishing, the Nokia 8 is a work of art in the hand.

The Nokia 8 is not only powered by the very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, it also runs on the latest pure, secure, and uncluttered Android. Vijay Thangavelu, Country Manager (Malaysia and Myanmar), HMD Global tells more in this video :

Dual-Sight Video Capability

The Nokia 8 is the world’s first smartphone with Dual-Sight video capability. Dual-Sight simultaneously records from both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos.

In fact, the Nokia 8 smartphone can livestream Dual-Sight videos natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. With just one touch, you can share your memories in an more immersive way with your family and friends.

Nokia OZO Audio

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The Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio, placing exclusive Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand. The OZO spatial 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video.

Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.

ZEISS Optics

Although Nokia has a long history of partnership with ZEISS, the Nokia 8 is the first smartphone from HMD Global to feature ZEISS optics. In fact, all three of its 13 MP cameras use ZEISS optics for the best possible images

 

The Nokia 8 Specifications

SpecificationsNokia 8
Display5.3" IPS display
- QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels)
- 700 nits maximum brightness
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, with 2.5D edge
Operating SystemAndroid Nougat 7.1.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998)
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro 280 cores (2.45 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 280 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 540
Memory4 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM (1866 MHz)
Storage64 GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera13 MP PDAF sensor with f/2.0 ZEISS lens
- 1.12um pixel size
- screen flash
Main CameraDual-Lens Camera System
- 13 MP colour sensor (with OIS) + 13 MP monochrome sensor
- f/2.0 ZEISS lens
- 1.12 um pixel size, supports PDAF
- IR range finder + dual-tone flash
NetworkGSM: 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8
TDS-CDMA: 34, 39
LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41
ConnectivityLTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
SensorsAmbient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Gyroscope, Hall sensor, Barometer
Fingerprint SensorYes
Water ResistanceSplash-proof (IP54)
Battery3,090 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 (18 W)
Dimensions73.7 mm wide
151.5 mm tall
7.9 mm thick (chassis)
0.4 mm (camera bump)
Weight160 g
Available ColoursPolished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel

 

Price & Availability

The Nokia 8 is available right now in four colours – Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel, with a recommended retail price of RM 2,299 / ~US$ 549, inclusive of 6% GST.

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