Nokia was once the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world but lost its appeal when it overlooked Android and start making Windows-powered smartphones. Microsoft bought the company in 2013, deciding to kill the Nokia brand a little over a year later. Thankfully the story didn’t end there.
HMD Global gained the rights to make and sell smartphones under the Nokia name at the end of 2016, effectively bringing the iconic brand back to life. It released a few interesting smartphones in 2017 and even more so far in 2018.
So what are the best Nokia phones on the market? We’ve laid out the top high-end, mid-range, and budget models below.
Best high-end phone: Nokia 8 Sirocco
HMD announced the Nokia 8 Sirocco at MWC 2018 as an upgraded version of the Nokia 8. It’s equipped with a larger 5.5-inch curved display (up from 5.3 inches), thin bezels, and an improved water protection (IP67 vs. IP54), among other things.
The Nokia 8 is part of Google’s Android One initiative, which guarantees a pure, bloat-free OS experience.
The flagship is part of Google’s Android One initiative, which guarantees a pure, bloat-free OS experience and timely updates. It features a dual-camera setup on the back kitted out with Carl Zeiss optics and 2x optical zoom. For some reason, Nokia the older Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is still powerful enough to handle any task you throw at it, but not as good as the 845.
The smartphone is now on sale in Europe and India, and you can purchase the unlocked version of the Nokia 8 Sirocco from Amazon for $598.
- 5.5-inch P-OLED display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 534 ppi
- Snapdragon 835 chipset
- 6GB of RAM
- 128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
- Dual 12 and 13MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
- Non-removable 3,260mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5mm
- Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on: High-end Android One
- Nokia 8 Sirocco: Release date, price, and availability
- Nokia 8 Sirocco: Spec sheet breakdown
The high-end Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch display, powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. It sports two 13 MP sensors on the back with Carl Zeiss optics that allow you to capture those popular bokeh images. The handset also features a “Bothie” mode, which lets you use the front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and videos. The Nokia 8 is a great smartphone, but it’s not perfect — it looks dated because of its large bezels. The handset wasn’t released in the U.S., but it is available in Europe, India, and a few other markets.
Best mid-range phone: Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus is an Android One smartphone, which means it runs a stock Android. Announced at MWC 2018, it’s quite an upgrade over the Nokia 7. The display got bumped up from 5.2 to 6 inches and has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The handset also features a dual-camera setup, a newer chipset (Snapdragon 660 vs. 630) and a larger battery (3,800 vs. 3,000mAh).
The Nokia 7 Plus features the “Bothie” mode that lets you use front and back cameras simultaneously.
The 7 Plus also features the same “Bothie” mode as the Nokia 8. It has a modern design with relatively thin bezels and an aluminum body that looks and feels premium — although it lacks a “wow” factor to set it apart.
The smartphone went on sale in China in March and sold out in five minutes. The international version is now available on Amazon, and you can get the unlocked version now for $344.
- 6.0-inch IPS LCD display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 403 ppi
- Snapdragon 660 chipset
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
- 12 and 13MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
- Non-removable 3,800mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 158.38 x 75.64 x 9.55mm
- Nokia 7 Plus with Android One, Full HD+ display is finally official
- Nokia 7 Plus specs and hardware breakdown
- Hands-on with Nokia’s new lineup from MWC 2018
The Nokia 7 might not be a flagship, but it still packs more than enough power under the hood for the average user. The device comes with the Snapdragon 630 chipset and either 4 or 6GB of RAM. It sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display and a single 16MP primary camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The mid-ranger has a glass back and a metal frame, is IP54 rated, and runs a stock version of Android Nougat. Unfortunately, it wasn’t officially released in the U.S. or Europe, though you can still get the international model (without a warranty) on Amazon.
Nokia 6.1 (2018)
The 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Snapdragon 630 chipset and 4GB of RAM. It comes with Nokia’s Bothie camera feature and includes OZO Audio recording that’s described as “an advanced spatial audio technology with 3D capture and playback capabilities.” The smartphone is equipped with a single 16MP camera on the back, has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and runs Android 7.1 Nougat. It’s now available in the U.S. via Amazon.
Best budget phone: Nokia 2
This super affordable Nokia handset will only set you back less than $100. In addition to the low price, the smartphone’s biggest highlight is the massive 4,100mAh battery, which should last around two days.
The Nokia 2’s specs won’t knock your socks off, which makes sense given its price point. It sports a 5-inch HD display, powered by the Snapdragon 212 chipset and 1GB of RAM. It’s good enough for browsing the web and using social media, but the smartphone doesn’t handle multitasking and more demanding tasks all that well.
It features a basic 8MP camera, has 8GB of expandable storage, and comes with IP52 drip protection. The device was announced in October and made its way to the U.S. a month later. If you’re looking for a smartphone on a tight budget, the Nokia 2 just might be up your alley. A Nokia 2.1 phone was recently announced, but it’s not available yet in the U.S.
- 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 720 resolution, 294 ppi
- Snapdragon 212 chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
- 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
- Non-removable 4,100 mAh battery
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- 143.5 x 71.3 x 9.3 mm, 161 g
Although this recently launched smartphone is more expensive than the Nokia 2, it still won’t break the bank. It offers a 5.2-inch HD display, packing a 2,990mAh battery and the MediaTek 6750 chipset, with 2GB of RAM under the hood. Other specs and features include an 13MP rear camera, 16GB of expandable storage, and Android 8.0 Oreo.
This is the least powerful smartphone in Nokia’s lineup, but it’s also the cheapest. It’s an Android Go device with a 4.5-inch display, the MediaTek MT6737M chipset, and 1GB of RAM. The company is pitching it as a “transition” device for those moving from feature phones to their first smartphones, with Google’s leaner OS offering a simple, data-efficient version of Android capable of running on low-cost hardware. The Nokia 1 is already available (or will be soon) in Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, Asia Pacific, Australia, and Latin America.
There you have it — the best Nokia phones available. Which one would you get? Let us know in the comments.
More Nokia coverage:
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- Who knew: Reviving Nokia costs a fortune
- Exclusive: Nokia is working on a remake of the Nokia 2010
- Nokia 8 gets Pro Camera update for Lumia-like manual controls
- Hands-on with Nokia’s new lineup from MWC 2018