The new Nokia 8 Sirocco retailing in South Africa from R12,999 (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)
  • Nokia launched its Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and new Nokia 6 in Cape Town on Friday.
  • The Nokia 8 Sirocco will retail in South Africa from R13,000, the Nokia 7 Plus from R6,600, and the New Nokia 6 from R4,000.
  • The phonessee the return of Zeiss optics to Nokia phones. 

After being comprehensively beaten by the likes of Samsung for a long time, Nokia believes it ca dominate the South African mobile market again with three new phones it launched on Friday: the Nokia 8, Nokia 7 Plus, and new Nokia 6.

Nokia currently accounts for roughly 6% of smartphone sales in the country – down from a high of 60% in the 2000s. 

The Nokia 8 Sirocco will retail in South Africa from R13,000, the Nokia 7 plus from R6,600, and the New Nokia 6 from R4,000. 

The Nokia 8 Sirocco, nicknamed the “first Nokia flagship in years”, features a Samsung S-like curved glass display, a 13MP camera, 6GB of RAM, a glass-back with wireless charging, finger print reader and 128GB mass storage with a MicroSD card slot.

The iPhone X and Samsung S9 have 12MP cameras.

HMD Southern Africa head Shaun Durandt at the Nokia event at Shimmy's Beach club in Cape Town (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)

The new Nokia 7 Plus has a 6’’ display, 4GB RAM, a fingerprint reader, and a 16MP camera.

Meanwhile, the new Nokia 6 will have a metal body, a 5.5’’ screen and 16MP camera, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage also with a MicroSD slot. 

It will have an impressive two-day battery life.

The new Nokia 7 plus launched in South Africa on Friday (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)

The New Nokia phones will see the return of Zeiss optics to Nokia phones. 

Nokia Pro-Mode – a much-loved feature of Nokia’s now-dead Windows Phones – will also be returning to all the Nokia phones. 

It allows for impressive camera controls while taking photos such as brightness, focus and sharpness. 

“Nokia still has a lot of brand loyalty,” said Shaun Durandt, Southern Africa head of HMD Global, which builds the Nokia-brand phones.

“With these phones - at every price point in the market, Nokia aims to recapture the market in South Africa - pushing our single-digit market share into the double digits.” 

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