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Is it a bird? Is it a plane?… no! It’s bananaphone! 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?… no! It’s bananaphone! 

More commonly known as the Nokia 8110, there’s no doubt you’ve seen this weird and wonderful contraption around.

The retro design was made famous by the Matrix phenomenon and now seems to making its way back into stores. Us mere mortals however will, unlike Neo, not be saving the world but rather occupying our time playing snake.

The Nokia 8110 runs on Smart Feature OS. This means no access to Android apps. There are rumours of an app store being developed for the device, which will include Facebook.

The phone includes a 2MP camera, a 2.4’’ curved display, 512 MB Ram, and 4 GB storage.

Nokia promises seven hours of talk time, 45 hours of music playback, and a whopping 25 day standby time.

There was no mention of price for the phone yet but us die-hards will be waiting with baited breath, just like we did for the 3310.

It wouldn’t be fair though not to mention the new comers to the Nokia stable. Settle in, you’re in for some great stuff. HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, last week locally announced the availability of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 plus and the new Nokia 6 in South Africa. These award winning new Android One Nokia smartphones were initially introduced at Mobile World Congress in February earlier this year, and are expected to be available through Cell C, MTN and Vodacom as well as selected retailers this month.

Delivering all the craftsmanship you’d expect from a Nokia phone, each new smartphone offers durability and reliability as standard, with the range setting new benchmarks in materials and design.

Pure, secure and up-to-date, reinforced with Android One commitment

The new additions to the Nokia smartphone range, join the Android One family, offering a high-quality software experience designed by Google. Android One devices are expected to stay fresh over time with the latest Google innovations and regular security updates. The new range of Nokia smartphones on Android One comes with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would consume your battery life or slow it down, this means you can enjoy your phone for longer. All Nokia smartphones in the Android One programme, will come with a limited number of pre-installed Google Services apps so that you’ll get more storage space and a streamlined, easy-to-use experience.

By shipping with Android Oreo out of the box, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest Android features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 fantastic new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use.

Nokia 8 Sirocco: an ultra-compact powerhouse for the fans

Inspired by the rich design heritage of Nokia phones, the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s elegant design and compact style is the ideal blend of precise craftsmanship and purposeful innovation. Delivering powerful storytelling features including enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics and carefully tuned acoustics with Nokia spatial audio, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is an ultra-compact powerhouse, and our most beautiful smartphone to date.

Its curved glass finish, envelops a precision-crafted stainless-steel frame to deliver a fusion of strength and beauty. Just 2mm thin at the edge, the Nokia 8 Sirocco combines a curved edge-to-edge pOLED 2K 5.5-inch display with smaller bezels and moulded body curves to create an ultra-compact profile.

The steel frame is 2.5 times stronger than 6000 series aluminium, paired with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Luxuriously weighted and perfectly balanced, it feels more secure in your hand thanks to the improved grip given by the dual diamond-polished stainless steel frame.

Now capture every detail thanks to the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics that combine an ultra-sensitive, wide angle primary camera for impressive low-light performance and a secondary 13MP sensor with 2x optical zoom. And with Pro Camera mode you get full manual control over every picture you take, helping you capture photos like a pro.

Available in Black, the Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available from 07 May 2018 from R499.00/month x 24 months on contract deals.

Nokia 7 plus: the flagship hero for everyone

Made for creators to deliver stunning content, the Nokia 7 plus has the screen, power, design and features to make it a true hero in our smartphone range. Combining innovative optical hardware and imaging algorithms, the Nokia 7 plus captures moments into photos that are true to life. With enhanced Dual-Sight, dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics combine an ultra-sensitive 12MP wide-angle primary camera for excellent performance in both low-light and extra bright conditions and a secondary 13MP camera that delivers 2x optical zoom for the moments when you wish you were closer.

To enable you to capture and enjoy more content for longer, the Nokia 7 plus is backed by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform. Optimised and integrated for maximum performance and battery life. With an impressive 2-day battery life, you can extract every bit of juice from the already powerful 3800 mAh battery, even when you are broadcasting your #Bothie videos live on Facebook or YouTube.

Its gently curved back and slim edges give you a big-screen experience in a comfortable, neat package. The vivid 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display makes the Nokia 7 plus perfect for browsing, social media consumption, gaming and entertainment with more content in the same width as a traditional 5.5-inch display device.

Available in Black/Copper the Nokia 7 plus is available from 19 April 2018 from R329.00/month x 24 months on contract deals.

The New Nokia 6: our award-winning phone just got even better

Building on the success of its predecessor, the New Nokia 6 packs even more powerful performance and great new features in a more compact, durable body. Over 60% faster than its award-winning predecessor, it now offers enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics, USB-C fast-charging, a more compact screen-to-body ratio, Nokia spatial audio and pure, secure and up-to-date Android Oreo.

The New Nokia 6 takes the original’s precision craftsmanship to the next level by combining a unibody, made from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium, with an 11-hour two-tone anodising and polishing process. And by uniting a sculpted 2.5D display with damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, the New Nokia 6’s compact and refined body is built to last.

Nokia’s engineers have integrated the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform to deliver fast and smooth performance alongside great day-long battery life.

Available in Black/Copper, the new Nokia 6 will be available on 23 April 2018 from MTN – operator pricing still needs to be confirmed accordingly.


Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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