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Will Nokia's Android Smartphones Succeed In Africa and Nigeria? : See What Top Tech Bloggers Have To Say

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Nokia was once a very strong force to reckon with in the mobile phone industry. Out of every 100 people in Nigeria, 98 has once used a Nokia phone.

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Nokia fell out of favor when they signed a partnership with Microsoft to produce Windows devices. This happened at a time when all their competitors were switching to the Android OS. Nokia struggled to keep up with the trend by releasing the Nokia X and Nokia XL but the two devices weren’t enough to keep them in the market.

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Presently, it’s no longer news that Nokia is coming back and this time they’ll be making only Android phones. They have already released 4 smartphones which are yet to come to Africa officially. The smartphones were first announced at the MWC in Barcelona, Spain.

I contacted a couple of tech bloggers, a few of the very best in the industry and asked them 2 questions about these new smartphones.

1. Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market Share?

2. What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

A couple of them responded while I’m still waiting for some others to send in their response. Once they respond I’ll add their contribution to this post. So check back to see if I’ve added something new 😏. Here’s what I’ve been able to get so far.

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Wale Adekile 🇳🇬 (Geek NG)
Wale is one of the pioneers of tech blogging in Nigeria and his blog is one of the top 10 Nigerian Tech Blogs.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

I doubt if that’s going to happen. They’re a bit too late to the party and the market is saturated already

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

It’s all about the price point. If they can try to capture the low-end market first, they may find their way back to the hearts of the people.

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Emmanuel Akor (Androidvillaz) 🇳🇬
Emmanuel runs a fast rising tech blog. His blog can be called the home of Android firmware as well.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Taking back​ their position will be really difficult. However, if they set the right things in place they will get their position back but if they continue with their present trend I don’t see them getting it back.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

At this present stage, they are already a threat to some companies. To compete comfortably in the market they need to look at their pricing (The Price Tag they place on their device) Let’s take the new Nokia 3310 for example, Many people have longed to buy that device but the price scared many people away, including me.

The New Nokia 3310 costs N18,000🤣

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Yomi Adegboye (Mobilityarena) 🇳🇬

Yomi is a digital marketing consultant and also the founder of Mobilityarena , The home of unbiased mobile reviews and one of the top tech blogs in Nigeria

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

History tells us that once a position of this sort has been lost, it is extremely difficult to regain. In this case, Nokia is coming back from almost zero market share. Plus, there isn’t much of differentiation that these new Nokia smartphones are bringing to the table. It will be extremely difficult for them to regain that number one position in Africa.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

This question is quite difficult to answer.

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Dickson Otieno (Tech-ish) 🇰🇪Dickson runs one of the top tech blogs in Kenya. Smartphone Reviews and Unboxing are one the most interesting categories of his website.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Going to the top might be impossible for Nokia. But being that they are a known brand and that most people associate them with quality, if they can deliver devices at the same price range as Infinix, TECNO, and Gionee, then they might bring good competition.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

Bringing the devices closer to the consumers, and offering them in price ranges affordable to most consumers in Africa would make them comfortably compete in the market.

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Daniel Moses (Techlector) 🇳🇬

Daniel is an editor for one of the top tech blogs in Nigeria and focuses mostly on startups

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

First, I must commend Nokia (HMD Global actually) for being able to reach this feat. I call it a feat because they have actually grabbed some little market share in such a short while.

And YES, I think they can take back their position as the top mobile company in Africa. All they need is to serve to people the exact products they need. They’d have an upper hand over Tecno, Infinix and the likes because they once had the consumer’s trust and they’d be willing to give it once again.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

I think Nokia should serve every market. Launching phones that meet the needs of both the common man, average and the rich. It is important that their products cut across all, and I believe they’d fight their way up to be one of the best AGAIN.

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Osarumen Osamuyi (TechCabal) 🇳🇬
Osamuyi is a technology writer for one of the top tech blogs in Africa.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Not a Chance

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

They are not going to grow significantly in market share by targeting people who already have smartphones.The only demographic where there’s growth potential is with people who still use feature phones

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Kelvin. O. (SpecsPriceNigeria) 🇳🇬
Kelvin blogs about technology and his reviews are top notch. His website is one of the very few tech websites that actually write in depth reviews that’ll keep you hooked without a lot of the technical jargon

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Yes , it’s possible. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon.Nokia built their reputation back in the days of Java & Symbian. This is a new era and a lot of things have changed.

When you look at what TECNO & Infinix  have achieved in the last 5-6 years and how much they have grown , it’s hard to see them lose their grip on the market anytime soon.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

Yes , Nokia may compete but it will take a lot of cash & a tactical masterpiece to get the top position. They should :

1.Take advantage of what people know them for (Durability & battery)

2.Capitalize on their competitor’s weakness (timely updates , the “Chinko factor”)

3.Identify and take advantage of buyers “deciding factor” ( hint : Smartphone cameras are becoming important)

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Victor Ekwualor (Techpoint.ng) 🇳🇬
Victor is an amazing and experienced tech editor at Techpoint

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

I am not sure Nokia was ever the top mobile company in Africa as I do not have or know any data to back that up.But what I think you are asking is if Nokia will gain market grounds in Africa. I don’t know and cannot say for sure.
Africa (and Nigeria)  is a very unique market.
They might gain some market share, I doubt if they will ever gain a major market share in the nearest future.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

Price is the only card they can play.

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Ige Ebima( Gadgetsng) 🇳🇬

Ige is the Chief editor at Gadgetsng, a top Nigerian Tech Blog.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

I sincerely do not think Nokia can have it back .They refused to move with the trend when Android was evolving , so that was where they missed out .Nokia taking over is as difficult as it sounds , its just practically impossible to achieve , especially with the presence of smaller brands in the Market .Secondly i believe the main reason for the impact they made then was due to the fact that the Market/industry was still evolving .

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

There is actually not much they can do.We are now in the Smartphone era .What is it that we have not seen in a smartphone that they can hold on to? . Unless they are ready to sell their phones at an extremely cheap price , that way they can woo customers back, but is that feasible? I doubt. You can confirm that by checking the recommended retail price of the Nokia 3310(2017) , can you imagine a feature phone going for $55? that is the price of some phones from China even with dual camera and Fingerprint scanner.

Feel free to check this post another time during the week to see if I’ve added opinions from other tech bloggers

I’d love to know what you think about Nokia. Will They Succeed? . Use the poll below or simply drop a comment.

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If you want to know what I really think about the new Nokia Smartphones, listen to my podcast below

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Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Tecno Camon i4 – Full Specs And Cheapest Price

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Tecno Camon i4

Tecno just launched a new device into the Camon lineup the Tecno Camon i4 and the device comes with very impressive specifications and a very good price in this post I’ll be looking at the specs of the Tecno Camon i4.

Tecno Camon i4

The TECNO CAMON i4 ships with a mid-range MediaTek Helio A22 processor for the 2GB / 3GB RAM version and a MediaTek Helio P22 processor for the 4GB RAM version and 32GB / 64GB  of internal storage.

The Camon i4 runs on Android 9.0 with HiOS 4.6 on top, keeping the lights on is a 3500mAh battery with support for fast charging.

I do hope the fast charging isn’t the same as the Xcharge on the Tecno Spark 2 because that means it’s not actually fast charge. Tecno deserves this shirt on that note

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Design And Display

I’m quite impressed with the fact that Tecno decided to go with the dewdrop notch on this device instead of that lousy Apple-like rectangular notch. This one is quite similar to the one on the Samsung M20 and I’d say it’s not bad at all considering the fact that they’ve been giving us phones with notches since the release of the Camon 11 Pro.

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You basically get a 6.2-inch IPS Capacitive display with an 81.3% screen-to-body ratio. It’s not something you would call totally bezelless as there’s still as small chin below the device.

Tecno Camon i4

Camera 

The Camera is one of the selling points of this device as the smartphone’s triple camera has a 13MP, 8MP, and 2MP lens combination, which means you would get an impressive performance while taking photos and recording videos at 1080p. The secondary camera at the front is a 16-MP lens and great for selfies. You also get better quality when calling someone via video so cheers to the Snapchat and Instagram Slay Queens.

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Software And Hardware

In the specifications department, I’ll give Tecno a B+ on this. The Camon i4 comes with a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset clocked at 2-GHz combined with a Cortex A53 quad-core processor, which takes charge of the Camon i4’s performance. In the graphics department, you get A PowerVR GE8300 GPU to take care of the graphics. There’s also a 4GB variant that comes with a higher Helio P22 Chipset.

Storage

The Camon i4 comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256GB via a memory card. There are 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB variants.

Network And Connectivity

The new Tecno Camon i4 offers a variety of options for easy connectivity, which includes 4G with VoLTE (Voice Over LTE), Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, micro-USB, GPS, Bluetooth, etc.

Battery

The Tecno Camon i4 ships with a 3500 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery which means you get a battery that’s enough to last you 10 hours when used actively and about 36 hours when on standby

TECNO Camon i4 Specifications

  • Display: 6.217-inch (1520 x 720) pixels) HD+ display
  • Chipset: 2GHz Quad-Core MediaTek Helio A22 12nm processor / 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor
  • RAM+ROM: 2GB / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Operating System: HiOS 4.6 based on Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear camera, 8MP 120° ultra-wide camera, quad LED flash; 16MP front-facing camera
  • Sensor: Fingerprint sensor, AI Face Unlock
  • Dimensions: 156.9×75.8×7.96mm
  • Network: Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Battery :3500mAh battery

Pricing

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 2GB + 32GB variant is N49,000 ($140)

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 3GB + 32GB variant is N55,000 ($154)

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 2GB + 32GB variant is N63,000 ($175)

So what do you think? Is this your next smartphone

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How Multiple Cameras Work On Android And iOS Smartphones

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How multiple cameras work on smartphones have always been a question on the minds of most people and 2019 is the year of multiple cameras and many if not all smartphone brands have released phones with multiple cameras. You’ve probably seen the Nokia 9 Pureview with 5 cameras and the Huawei P30 Pro that comes with 4 cameras  (40MP + 20MP +12MP +TOF Camera) and 50x optical zoom.

https://www.gadgetsnow.com/mobile-phones/Huawei-P30-Pro

 Huawei P30 Pro

How Multiple Cameras Work

These two devices come with crazy specifications but I won’t go into that right now, maybe in another post.

However, have you ever tried covering the main camera of your device with a dual camera?

If you haven’t, try doing that right now.

You’ll notice you are actually blocking the whole camera. That leaves the question – What do the secondary cameras do and how do they work.

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How Multiple Cameras Work

Now I want you to understand this. Most OEMs have other uses of their secondary camera other than the ones I’m going to mention below. These are just the basic functions of the secondary camera.

The secondary camera improves the overall clarity of the image with the help of a “Monochrome” feature. The secondary camera only records the black and white version of the image. With the help of the Monochrome sensor, the primary camera measures how much light is coming from the point of focus.

Previously (with the exception of the Google Pixel 3), the primary camera in smartphones normally handled the measurement so there was a very high possibility of losing some detail while measuring light intensity since it would still need to work on the color filtering.

So this extra burden is handled by the second camera which takes care of that area. Combining the monochrome image which has detailed information about the light and sharpness with the colored image that was captured by the primary camera will produce a rich and detailed image.

In some phones, the secondary camera acts as the zoom lens. Huawei uses their cameras on the P30 Pro a bit differently but going into the entire details might end up making this post a bit lengthy and a bit boring for people who aren’t hardcore techies so I’d try to keep this balanced. However, if you’d like to see that in another post do let me know in the comments.

So that’s basically how multiple cameras work on smartphones

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