Week 28 in review: Nothing phone (1) is official, HMD announces cheap Nokia phones

The biggest story this week was the announcement of the Nothing phone (1). But it was more of a confirmation as we pretty much had a complete image of the phone.

The handset comes with a recycled aluminum frame, a 6.55-inch 1080×2400 120Hz OLED touchscreen with 1,200 nits peak brightness, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 5 on top, and symmetrical bezels on all four sides. The Snapdragon 778G+ chipset sits at the helm, and a dual rear camera system comprising of a 50MP f/1.88 Sony IMX766 1/1.56″ main unit with OIS and a 50MP f/2.2 Samsung JN1 1/2.76″ ultrawide camera with a 114-degree field-of-view. On the other side, embedded in the hole punch within the display, sits a 16 MP SonyIMX471 selfie shooter.

The Nothing phone (1) will be priced at €469 / £399 / INR 32,999 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, €499 / £449 / INR 35,999 with 8/256GB, and €549 / £499 / INR 38,999 with 12/256GB. This last version will arrive later than the other two. Aside from the UK, the Nothing phone (1) will be offered in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Macau, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and UAE.

HMD brought us back in time with the unveil of the Nokia 8210 4G, a throwback to the Nokia 8210 from 1999, as well as the Nokia 2660 Flip, and Nokia 5710 XpressAudio – a candybar handset with built-in wireless earbuds.

Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is the most exciting offering out of the bunch thanks to its built-in wireless earbuds. The back of the phone features a sliding mechanism that houses the buds and charges them while not in use. You can use the buds to listen to music stored on the device (up to 32GB storage via the microSD slot) or FM Radio and you can also connect them to any other device like a smartphone or tablet. The phone also has a headphone jack if you prefer that route.

Nokia 8210 4G takes its design from the classic model launched in 1999 but updates the hardware on all fronts. There’s a 2.8 QVGA color display, LTE connectivity and support for up to 32GB of storage via a microSD card. The phone is made from polycarbonate and comes in sand, blue and red colors. There’s a removable 1,450 mAH battery rated at up to 6 hours of talktime on 4G and up to 19 days on standby. Other extras include an FM Radio receiver that works with both wired and wireless earbuds, a built-in MP3 player and the fan-favorite Snake game.

Nokia 2660 Flip is the third new entry and brings similar specs to the other two new Nokia feature phones but in a clamshell form. It has a 2.8 QVGA main screen, a secondary 1.77-inch panel, a VGA camera, and a 1,450mAh battery rated at up to 20 days on standby.

All three phones are coming top the UK later this month. The Nokia 8210 4G and Nokia 2660 Flip will retail for £64.99 (€59) while the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio will go for £74.99 (€69).

HMD also unveiled the Nokia T10 – an 8-inch (1280x800px) tablet with optional LTE, 5,250mAh battery, and a €159 ($159) price tag.

An iPhone 14 Pro Max dummy surfaced, showing what the new pill-shaped notch will look like. Well, like a pill-shaped notch. It allows Apple to fit Face ID into a design familiar to Android users since the time Nokia still ran Windows Phone.

You can find the full list of hot topics of the week below.

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