Nokia phones are back. Spark has exclusive New Zealand rights to a range of new Nokia-branded mobile phones made under licence by HMD Global.
Soon there will be four Nokia phone models. The flagship $1000 Nokia 8 is already on sale. It has a 5.3-inch screen, that’s a touch smaller than you’ll find on the top models from Apple or Samsung. It boasts the ability to take video using the front and rear camera at the same time.
The Nokia 8 will be joined by the $250 Nokia 3 and the $350 Nokia 5 models. Both go on sale today. A Nokia 6 phone is expected later this month.
Unlike earlier Nokia phones, the new models run Android, like every other phone maker except Apple. That puts them in the most heavily contested part of the market against companies like Samsung, Sony and Huawei.
A decade ago Nokia was the leading mobile phone brand. The shine went off the company after Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007. The brand revived briefly when Nokia began making phones using a mobile version of Microsoft Windows, a move which saw the software giant buy the phone hardware business only to run it into the ground.