HMD Global decided to run away from the cold grey weather in Finland and scheduled a launch event in Dubai, UAE that is starting at 19:00 local time. The #ExpectMore event is expected to introduce three devices to the global audience – Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus, already available in India.
Update: Event has been postponed by 30 minutes due to traffic-related issues.
The third smartphone we will likely see is the Nokia 8.1, which is just a rebranded Nokia X7 for the inter audience.
Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus already appeared on sale in the Netherlands and Romania. The first one comes with Helio P22, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage for 179, while the second is smaller in size, but mightier with its Helio P60 chipset. The price tag is 259 and will likely start shipping once the official launch is over.
The third phone will be called Nokia 8.1 but does not look like a successor of last year’s flagship Nokia 8. In China, it was launched with Snapdragon 710 chipset and 4/6 GB RAM options. The screen has a notched 6.18 LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution – all the specs scream upper-midranger at best.
The main camera is 12 MP with Zeiss optics, coupled with a secondary 13 MP shooter. Price is between CNY1,699 and CNY2,499, which means even if we account tariffs, taxes and additional costs, the Nokia 8.1 will unlikely be more than $400/350.