HMD slash price on flagship Nokia 8 ahead of MWC

Nokia will give pure and always up-to-date Android in South Africa

Nokia sold 4.4 million smartphones in Q4 2017, more than OnePlus, Google, HTC, Sony, and Lenovo

Overall, Nokia enjoys a 5 percent market share and sits at the 6th position (smartphones and features phones combined).

Nokia was once the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world but lost its appeal when it made a decision to overlook Android and start making Windows-powered smartphones.

The newest Oreo update includes features such as battery saving navigation buttons, revamped Power menu, Bluetooth battery percentage, and a new Setting menu, as per the changelog. HMD Global Chief product officer Juho Sarvikas confirmed the rollout earlier today, telling users via a Twitter post that "the sweetest Android to date" is heading to the mid-range flagship. The device later received Android 8.0 Oreo update as well. The version was being updated with the February Android security patch.

"Be our guest as we serve Android Oreo 8.1 beta for Nokia 8". However, Counterpoint has, stating that around 4.4 million Nokia smartphones were sold in Q4 of past year, putting it at the 11th spot overall.

As per Counterpoint's data, in Q4 2017 Nokia sold more phones than most of its rivals, including but not limited to HTC, Sony, Google, Alcatel, Lenovo, OnePlus, Gionee, Meizu, Coolpad, and Asus among all others. The update is now live over-the-air and will reach all Nokia 8 owners over the next few days. The devices come packed with a 5.5-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB RAM with 32GB/64GB storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera and a 3000mAh battery with fast charging support.

The Nokia brand is now clearly making its way back into the global mobile market with accelerated growth, thanks to the several smartphone announcements by the company in 2017.

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