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Nokia Launches Nokia 8.1 With ‘Pure Display’ Screen Technology

The phone comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and 3500mAh battery with 18W fast charging

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HMD Global that makes and sells Nokia phones has launched Nokia 8.1 in its value flagship smartphone line-up with “PureDisplay” screen technology at an event here.

The device would be available in blue/silver, steel/copper and iron/steel colour variants, starting in mid-December for 399 euros (roughly Rs 32,000).

It is an Android One smartphone, which means it will have the latest Android version and regular security updates.

“We’ve seen great success in the value flagship category. With the Nokia 8.1, we are pushing the boundaries in this segment. We offer accelerated performance with a first-class processor architecture, dual cameras with an industry-leading sensor, OIS and ZEISS Optics for low-light imaging and our new PureDisplay HDR screen technology,” Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said in a statement.

The device features a 12MP main camera with ZEISS Optics, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) superfast autofocus.

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Representational image. (IANS)

There’s a 20MP front camera for selfies too.

The Nokia 8.1 is the first Nokia smartphone to launch with Android 9 Pie out of the box.

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“As an important partner for Google, HMD Global has enabled a diverse portfolio of Android One devices with a software experience that is fresh and secure. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with HMD Global on the new Nokia 8.1, the brand’s first device with Android 9 Pie out of the box,” said Jon Gold, Director of Android One Partnerships, Google.

The phone comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and 3500mAh battery with 18W fast charging. (IANS)

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Nokia Tops the Chart When it Comes to Updating Smartphone Software

There are a lot of factors that play a role in issuing software updates

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Nokia has made several small to medium-sized acquisitions as part of a strategy to build up a standalone software business to deliver higher profit margins than its classic communications hardware products.
Headquarters of Nokia. Wikimdedia Commons

Nokia has surprisingly topped the chart when it comes to updating smartphone software and issuing security patches and nearly 96 per cent of Nokia smartphones are already running on Android Pie or have had an Android Pie update, making it the fastest brand to reach this level, a new report said on Friday.

Only around a quarter of the top Android models are updated to the latest OS version, said a whitepaper titled “Software and Security Updates: The Missing Link for Smartphones” by Counterpoint Research.

“Operating system and security updates are an aspect of Android smartphones that get relatively little attention. In our experience researching the industry, we have seen a few brands focusing on this.

“Because manufacturers are not talking about it, consumer awareness is also low. It doesn’t appear among the 10 features consumers say they care about most, in our research,” said Research Director Peter Richardson.

The average time that consumers keep a flagship smartphone before buying a new device has been gradually increasing. In markets as diverse as China, Europe and the US, it is now approaching 30 months.

Keeping the software and security up to date is important to ensure consumers continue to enjoy a good performance and have security throughout their ownership.

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“Samsung closely follows Nokia with 89 per cent and Xiaomi with 84 per cent . Xiaomi is good at ensuring its mid-price range products launch with the latest version of Android,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director.

There are a lot of factors that play a role in issuing software updates.

“Only a few brands commit to making sure their smartphones are always running the latest version,” Pathak added.

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“High-priced devices are often updated first, but having the latest software is as important to mid- and low-priced products as it is to flagship devices.

“Brands like Alcatel and Tecno are the laggards. This is because these brands have broad portfolios, mostly in the sub-$200 segment, and the lifecycle of their models tends to be short,” said Research Analyst Abhilash Kumar.

“Their products often transition from launch to end-of-life in as little as six months, which means they have less incentive to provide long-term updates,” Kumar added. (IANS)