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Nokia Is Coming Back In 2017- Here’s What You Should Expect

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As 2016 comes to an end and we look forward to 2017, one of the biggest and most anticipated events of next year will be the return of Nokia.

Nokia was arguably the most popular brand of phones in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa before the existence of the Android OS. Nokia fell out of users favor when they started producing Windows phones. In an attempt to keep up with the Android OS while releasing the Windows powered devices, Nokia launched the Nokia X and Nokia XL devices which i must say was a huge failure as it didn’t get back the attention of it’s users.

Nigeria still remains one of the largest smartphone markets in Africa and with brands like Samsung, Tecno , Infinix and Itel waxing strong in the West African Country can Nokia restore it’s lost glory?.

I made some research and also made some contacts with HMD Global, the company that’ll be taking over Nokia and from the looks of things, Nokia is planning a huge come back in 2017.

Around June , the Finnish mobile company signed an agreement with HMD Global, which will launch new smartphones – running Android – with the Nokia brand next year.

Here’s what you should definitely get to know about those plans.

P.S : SPOILER ALERT!!

HMD Global  for the next 10 years have the right to release feature phones, smartphones and tablets with the Nokia branding. The first Nokia smartphones that’ll use the Android operating system are to go on sale in the first half of 2017.

HMD is a startup that was formed  in the last six months and its Headquarters is based in Finland, just like Nokia. It’s  run by former Nokia executives led by CEO Arto Nummela and President Florian Seiche.

Nokia will not have any design input in the making of these new Android smartphones; all of that will be handled by HMD.

The phones will be made by FIH Mobile Limited, which is a subsidiary of Foxconn, one of the biggest assemblers of smartphones and the maker of the iPhone.

So expect to see some classic devices.

The company has hired Pekka Rantala as its chief marketing officer. He was the former senior vice-president of marketing at Nokia, he also served as the CEO of Rovio Entertainment, the developers of the popular Angry Birds mobile game . Rantala has quite a lot of experience in getting people interested in mobile brands and may just end up to be the perfect choice to help relaunch Nokia’s name in the mobile phone market.

HMD also chose Mother, one of the world’s biggest ad agencies to handle its global launch of Nokia smartphones. Mother’s clients include Target, Calvin Klein and many more major companies and brands. So we’re looking at a very huge launch coming up. Nokia is looking to storm the market.

HMD just made statements about what their Nokia-branded smartphones will be like. They claim the phones will offer consumers

innovation, quality and experience” and will combine that with Nokia’s previous reputation of offering iconic “design, robustness, and reliability”.

I’ve always trusted Nokia devices and I think they won’t fall short of our expectations.

HMD also plans to spend about $500 million in marketing over the next three years to support the sale of the new Nokia phones. So we’re looking at a Massive Ad Campaign.

Believe it or not, that’s all that Nokia and HMD have confirmed so far for their mobile phone return. But what about all the rumors about what those first Android smartphones might actually be like?

Rumored Smartphone Specifications

You can take these rumors with a pinch of salt as the source is not too legit.

According to NPU, the first Nokia branded phone will be called the D1c.

According to the site, there will be two variants of the first Nokia-branded phone from HMD. One will reportedly have a 5-inch display, 2 GB of RAM and a 13 MP rear camera, while the other will sport a 5.5-inch screen, 3 GB of RAM and a 16 MP rear camera. Both variants are supposed to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor inside running at 1.5 GHz, along with 16 GB of onboard storage, along with an 8 MP front-facing camera and  Android Nougat tpre-installed. Pricing for the 2 GB version is supposed to be around $150 (N47,000)while the 3 GB version is rumored for about $200(N63,000)

These rumors are not yet confirmed, I just  presented it here just to represent the latest rumors about the new Nokia smartphone.

Challenges

Nokia must try to offer innovative features for its phones that make them stand out from the crowd, yet also make them  quite affordable to attract consumers. Finally, HMD needs a  killer marketing campaign that will combine nostalgia for the Nokia brand with the new beginning for its smartphone products.

What do you want to see in HMD’s Nokia branded phones and do you think the name can come back to life  in 2017? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 )

Getting an affordable smartphone with great specifications can be a very difficult task with all the different smartphones so that’s why I decided to put up this post about the top 5 cheap android phones in Nigeria below N70,000 so you can have a little glimpse of what you can get for that amount.

 

Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70K (January 2019)

 

1. Redmi Note 7

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Below N70,000 Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 7  in the entry-level to mid-range segment with incredible specifications and believe me this phone is down right affordable. If you follow up this blog you should know what the phone comes with, nevertheless I’ll still go into a little bit of what this device holds



The Redmi Note 7 ships with a large 6.3-inch Full HD Display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a powerful Snapdragon 660 coupled with a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via micro SD card. There’s also a variant with 64GB and 6GB RAM.

The main selling point of this device is the camera. It comes with a massive 48MP Camera, at the moment, the Redmi Note 7 has no rivals in its price range.For the selfie camera you have a 13MP Camera.

Finally, keeping the smartphone on is a massive 4000mAh capacity battery,  along with an USB Type-C port. It also supports QuickCharge 4.0. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

(if the price on the link is too high, check back in a few weeks)

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2. Xiaomi Mi Play

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Xiaomi Mi Play

After Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7, the Xiaomi Mi Play doesn’t really attract me as it used to when it was initially launched, but It’s still a good phone below the N70,000 mark.

The Mi Play comes with a 5.8 inch Display that is still Full HD.

Under the hood is the new MediaTek Helio P35 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD.

Coming to the camera, you can find two 12MP shooters on the back, while you get an 8MP fron selfie camera.

The battery is an impressive 3000mAh Battery.

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3. Lenovo S5 Pro GT

Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 ) Lenovo S5 PRO GT

The Lenovo S5 Pro GT was launched in December 2018 and is one of the most overlooked phones in the market at the moment. The S5 Pro GT comes with a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor.

It also has of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD. The smartphone comes with a 6.2 inch Full HD Display (18:9 aspect ratio)

At the back you get aa back camera setup with a 20MP shooter coupled with a 12MP secondary camera, the selfie camera still have the same 20MP and 8MP resolution.

Powering this device is a 3500mAh battery. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

 

 

4 Xiaomi Mi A2

 

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Xiaomi mI a2

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (which is sadly not expandable).

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing  5.99-inch display with a  FHD+ resolution along with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

In the camera department, you get a main 12MP on the back with f/1.75 aperture and a secondary 20MP shooter with the same large lens; on the front you get a 20MP camera.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a 3010mAh and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo

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5. UMIDIGI F1

 

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Finally, The UMIDIGI F1 Android smartphones comes with a very impressive  6.3-inch Full HD+ and 19.5:9 display and is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (which can be expanded via microSD).

The smartphone ships with two rear cameras of 16MP and 8MP resolution, while at the front we have a 16MP camera for taking amazing selfies

Also, In the battery department  the UMIDIGI F1 comes with a massive 5150mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and  also supports an incredible amount of 4G LTE networks which means it can work pretty much anywhere around the world.

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Xiaomi Launches In Africa To Compete Against Tecno, iTel and Infinix

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A couple of months ago Xiaomi Global Spokesman Donovan Sung made a post about their new store that launched in Spain and also asked for suggestions on where they should launch their next store and here’s what I said.

Xiaomi Launches In Africa

This means the expansion of Xiaomi had been on the cards for a while.



If you have been following up Xiaomi for a  while, you would know that they tend to compete on the foreign market rather than their home country China due to the congestion.

Now, the company is looking to take things to the next level and come to Africa.  On Sunday, Xiaomi announced the establishment of their African Regional Department and Wang Lingming (Xiaomi’s VP) was appointed as the manager of the department.

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At the moment, in Africa we have over 1.2 billion people but the smartphone usage isn’t really too high and many people still use feature phones and because of this some phone brands don’t really do well in Africa. At the moment Transsision Holdings rules the African smartphone market with its three brands – itel, TECNO, and Infinix ranking at the very top in Africa in terms of market share.

In 2019, the Africa will become one of  Xiaomi’s main pioneers in their international business, and their biggest rival here is Transsision Holdings.

 

What I Think About Xiaomi Coming To Africa

Xiaomi Redmi

Xiaomi has everything it takes to succeed in Africa especially if it starts off with its recently established Redmi Brand. Redmi already have one of the core features that is missing in all the Transission brands – high quality specs at a low price. You can see how successful the Redmi Note 7 has been so far and we can guess how much the price would have been if it was a Transission product.

Transsision basically takes advantage of the mid-range and low-end smartphone market which is a strong competitive ground for Xiaomi. I believe this would also boost competition among the two brands.

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Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead As Microsoft Officially Ends Support For Phones

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Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

The support for Windows 10 phones have just ended.

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Although It’s very sad to see the Operating system go out of fashion, there’s nothing we can do about it. Microsoft has already confirmed that it is officially killing off support for the OS. I actually knew this would happen at some point but I didn’t know it would be this soon.



Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

So if you’re still using a Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile phone, you have less than a year to upgrade to something else preferably an Android Phone.

Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Microsoft has already published a support page detailing Windows 10 Mobile’s upcoming End of Support.

According to the company, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive updates, including security updates, from December 10, 2019. Devices that are running Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 will no longer receive support even earlier — on June 11th, 2019.

So immediately it gets to the end of support date some of the features on the device will slowly stop working and Microsoft won’t do anything about it.  Automatic or manual device backups will end on March 10, 2020.

With this notice, Microsoft just hit the final nail on the coffin of it’s mobile operating system

Alternative Option For Windows 10 Mobile

“Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company said, recommending users to move to an Android or iOS device.

Do you still have a windows phone?

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