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Nokia 9 spotted running Android 8.0 Oreo on GFXBench

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GFXBench listing shows Nokia 9 running on Android 8.0 Oreo

HMD Global’s upcoming and anticipated flagship, Nokia 9 has been in the news for a while now due to its leaked designs, rumored specifications, pricing and release date.

While Nokia 9 has been able to keep Nokia fan lovers on the edge with the constant rumor mill surrounding it, the device was recently spotted on the benchmarking website GFXBench. According to the listing, the upcoming handset will be running Google’s latest operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo and not the Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box as suggested by previous reports. This news should not come as a surprise as HMD had already confirmed an Oreo update for all its existing devices with the operating system being pushed to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

The GFXBench listing claims the Nokia 9 will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, Adreno 540 GPU and 64GB of internal storage. It is also said to feature a QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display with a screen size of either 5.2-inch or 5.3-inch. If we go by previous reports, Nokia 9 could come in more than one RAM/ storage variant – 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone is also rumoured to house a 3,800mAh battery.

On the imaging front, the listing shows that Nokia 9 has a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel camera at the rear, which would also have 4K video recording capabilities. It also shows a 12-megapixel front camera capable of recording 4K UHD videos and will feature autofocus, face detection, flash, HDR support, and touch focus.

Nokia 9 is also expected to have other features such as fingerprint scanner, IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, Quick Charge 4.0 support, and an iris scanner.

Nokia 9 spotted running Android 8.0 Oreo on GFXBench

If one has to go by all the leaks, the Nokia 9 is a premium category smartphone with top-of-the-line specifications. However, HMD Global has yet to officially comment on the smartphone. Keep watching this space for more details and updates on Nokia 9.

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Nokia introduces a new sleep sensor that works with IFTTT

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Nokia’s health division, which is the result of the Withings acquisition, is announcing some new stuff at CES in Las Vegas. First, there’s a new sleep sensor called Nokia Sleep. In addition to monitoring your sleep, the device can help you trigger actions using IFTTT when you fall asleep and wake up.

Withings already had a sleep-focused device called the Withings Aura. It was a package with both a sleep sensor and a bedside unit with an alarm and a speaker. Nokia is dropping the bedside unit and the price tag of its new device.

The new sensor works using Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth LE and is going to ship at some point during the first quarter of 2018 for $100.

After putting the device under your mattress, you can look at your sleep cycles in the Nokia Health Mate app, such as light sleep, deep sleep and rapid-eye-movements phases. The Nokia Sleep can also track your snoring.

But the best feature is that the device works with IFTTT. You can pair the Nokia Sleep with other devices in case you’re really into automation. For instance, when you wake up in the morning, the Nokia Sleep could tell IFTTT to switch on the lights, raise the temperature, open the blinds and more.

In addition to this new device, Nokia is shipping an update to the Nokia Health Mate app. It now integrates with Alexa, which means that you can ask your Amazon Echo about your sleep or your weight. The Alexa skill is now available in beta.

Nokia is also releasing a rose gold version of the Nokia Steel HR smartwatch. It will cost between $180 and $250 with a silicone or leather band and it’s going to be available next month.
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Nokia 2 with 4,100mAh battery launched in India: Everything you need to know

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Nokia 2 will be going on sale sometime in mid-November.

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HMD Global, which owns the right of manufacturing and selling Nokia-branded phones, on Tuesday announced the battery-centric Nokia 2 at Euro 99 (roughly Rs 7,500). “People rely on their phones so much these days. We created a smartphone that can power through when other devices need a pit stop,” said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, in a statement.

Nokia 2 packs 4100mAh battery that offers two-day life, the company claimed. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chipset and features 5-inch LCD HD display with stock Android Nougat operating system (OS). DON’T MISS: Nokia 2 First Impressions: A surprise budget smartphone with flagship-level design

The OS will be upgraded to latest Android Oreo OS in the future, the company said. The device houses 8-megapixel rear camera with automatic scene detection and auto-focus (AF) and 5-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 128GB via a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

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Nokia 2 First Impressions: A surprise budget smartphone with flagship-level design

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Some budget devices can bring in learnings from flagship manufacturing experience.

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At an event in Gurugram today, HMD Global launched the Nokia 2 smartphone. In what was a global launch, the company entered the budget segment with the Nokia 2. Here are my first impressions of the device.

Talking about the budget segment, HMD Global believes that the $100 to $150 segment is where India places prime focus. However, manufacturers tend to cut corners to make ends meet of sorts. At first glance, the Nokia 2 seems to check a lot of the right boxes with its product.

The thought behind the device

HMD believes urban citizens, or more specifically, Indian millennials (who are the intended audience) spend long hours in their daily commute. Since I live in Navi Mumbai, and work in Mumbai, I relate to the four hours I spend daily commuting between home and office. My friends in the NCR region don’t have it any better. Some of them who travel between Noida and Gurugram have it tough. But as they say – c’est la vie– such is life.

It seems finally a company is putting some thought into a very practical challenge, which is battery. HMD says it’s easy to make a power bank out of the phone, but that’s not what it has done. The company claims two days of battery back up on the device that is portable.

Nokia 2 specifications

An impressive 4,100mAh and innards in the form of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor that works in a power efficient manner, ensures that you have 4G LTE connectivity, the ability to capture loads of images, and still have juice left at the end of the second day of use. HMD emphasized that it’s not looking at standby time, but phenomenal use. I reckon that means the use case of the Indian millennial, which involves selfies while sitting, selfies while travelling, obsessive use with social media and browsing. All of this over an LTE network.

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HMD has managed to do all of this in a package that is not in your face. It’s supposed to be ergonomic in the true sense. Very friendly on your palm. The device has 1GB of LPPDDR3 RAM. While it comes with 8GB onboard storage, you can expand available storage via the MicroSD card slot present, with support for up to 128GB.

In terms of optics, the Nokia 2 has an 8-megapixel primary camera with auto-focus and flash. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. In addition, are ambient light and proximity sensors on the front of the device. The Nokia 2 comes with a mono speaker. While the device comes with Android Nougat out-of-the-box, the company claims Oreo is coming soon.

With support for VoLTE and VoWiFi, the device is bound to answer your long-term commute needs. To consume potential content you would access over a high speed data network, the Nokia 2 comes with a 5-inch high contrast LTPS HD screen. HMD says this is a very power efficient display.

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First-hand experience

The thought of vanilla and clutter-free Android experience, with the Google Assistant on a sub-Rs 10,000 device does sound exciting. While the company mentioned a 99 Euro price tag for it, we’re still awaiting clarity on the rupee pricing details. The best offering is the fastest rollout of the latest Android version as it becomes available.

The build quality of the Nokia 2 does surprise you at first glance, and to great extent even impress you. No doubt, it’s got some good industrial design thought put into it. The company says it’s milled from a single block of series 6,000 aluminium. These were terms used for higher-end flagship devices until now. I guess as we look at bezel-less smartphones this year in the higher-end spectrum, the design language in the budget segment is also bound to receive an overhaul.

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