Nokia's 4G Banana Phone Is A Blast from the Past

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As everyone expected, the Nokia 6 (2018) just became global.

The device was dubbed the "banana phone" on its launch in 1996. On a combined basis, Nokia now ranks as the No. 6 mobile phone seller, Counterpoint calculates. You can record sound up to 132 decibels on the phone, enabling clearer audio in really noisy environments.

Operating system: Android Oreo, Nokia promise fast updates to all its devices and keeps the OS un-skinned. The apps it can runs include Facebook, Google Maps, and it even has Google Assistant. There's another version with 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. The entry level smartphone has small pebble-shaped form factor measuring 133.6x67.78x9.5mm and is made out of a two-tone polycarbonate shell.

Also worth noting, the Nokia 8 doesn't have a headphone jack. It will be available in Black/Copper, White/Iron and Blue/Gold, color variants. The smartphone is priced at Euro 399 around ₹31,700, which is the global average retail price. The Xpress-on back covers will be available for $7.99. It will stay fresh over time with the latest Google innovations and regular security updates.

The next handset out the blocks is a new version of the Nokia 6 handset we had a look at a year ago. The phone will be available on April 6 for Europe for €279 (around $340) but we'll have to wait for the USA availability. It packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 630. The top end offering from the Finnish brand comes with a 5.5 inch pOLED 18:9 dual edged display that offers splendid viewing experience.

It is powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset and has Adreno 612 GPU under the hood. Now there are two on its back, a 12 megapixel f/1.75 wide-angle camera and a 13 megapixel f/2.6 telephoto. There's also a Zeiss backed selfie snapper on the front of the device. Thanks to Pro Camera mode, you can have full manual control over each picture you take, including white balancing, focusing, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure correction.

The battery capacity remains the same at 3000mAh, although the new Nokia 6 has USB Type-C rather than the older Micro-USB, and also offers quick charging, again, a change for the better, meaning it will be faster in topping up that battery.

Nokia is already gearing up to bring out new smartphones this year. The new device sees major upgrades in screen aspect ratio and camera region.

Arguably the firm's most high-end phone since it adopted the Nokia brand, the Nokia 8 Sirocco follows the likes of the soon-to-be-unveiled Galaxy S9 with a curved edge-to-edge 5.5in display and Snapdragon 835 internals, paired with a hefty 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage. Of course, the glass also helps, it makes the phone feel premium. It boots Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and is backed by a 3000mAh battery.

Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available from early April for a global average retail price of €749.

Nokia was the undoubted star of last year's MWC, when the company showcased an overhauled version of its iconic 3310 handset following several years in the wilderness. A good laugh, some striking stories and a lot of catchy music is all he needs to pacify his anxious mind.