Both Samsung and Nokia unveiled new smartphones at the 2018 World Mobile Congress in Madrid this weekend.
Nokia introduced fives new phones at the event: Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6, Nokia 1, and Nokia 8110.
The big news is that three of these phones—the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6—will ship with the Android One version of Android, which meets Google’s requirements for performance and comes pre-loaded with Google’s apps and services.
An unusual offering from Nokia is the 8110, which is a blast from the past. The model was first introduced in 1996 and was featured in ‘The Matrix’ film. It is a curved phone with a slide out keyboard. While it won’t have the modern operating system of most new smartphones, it will come loaded with the game Snake, Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter. It will cost $97 and work on 4G networks.
After details were leaked last week, Samsung officially announced the specs of its Galaxy S9 and S9+. The company is stressing improvements made to the cameras, which feature:
- Dual Aperture with f/1.5 – f/2.4 capability, which means pictures will look great, even in low light.
- Dual lens and dual optical image stabilization (OIS) which will offer clearer pictures and less blur when the photographer zooms in on objects.
- Object recognition, which will allow users to translate foreign languages, take pictures of food and get calorie readouts, get location detection, and virtually try on make-up, just to name a few.
- The ability to shoot in slow-mo.
- AR emojis, which will work like Apple’s Animojis.
The Samsung S9 and S9+ will also feature an improved display, enterprise security, and 30% increased CPU performance. Both phones will be available for preorder on March 2 and appear in stores on March 16. The 64GB unlocked Galaxy S9 will start at $719.99, while the Galaxy S9+ will start at $839.99.