New Nokias include retro throwback and a flagship with five cameras

Continuing its tradition of producing phones across an entire spectrum of price points — from retro throwbacks and basic smartphones to more flagship-like devices — HMD Global has unveiled five new Nokia phones ahead of MWC in Barcelona.

Starting at the low end, the company's throwback for 2019 is the Nokia 210, a retro-looking phone with a physical keypad. It doesn't look anything like the 2013 210, which was a bulky Blackberry-style device, but instead takes the form of an evolved version of 2017's 3310 remake.

I wasn't at all impressed with last year's retro effort, the 8110 4G, which came in at a wallet-friendly $129 but was much harder to use than most other phones near that price point. This latest version is even cheaper at $US35 ($49), but it doesn't appear to support 3G or 4G, meaning it won't work in Australia unless HMD makes a more specialised version.

Meanwhile the Nokia 1 Plus is a refined version of the excellent entry-level smartphone from last year. Like the Nokia 1, this uses Google's Android Go software to offer impressive functionality and internet-connected nous on a cheap and comparitively underpowered device. Expected to ship in March at $US99 (Australian details are yet to be confirmed), the Plus is slimmer than its predessecor and packs a better camera.

Stepping up to bigger and more powerful devices, the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 are full-screen devices running slightly older processors than you'll find on high end phones, but at prices that should convert to less than $250 should they make it to Australia. The 3.2's claim to fame is that lower powered internals and a big battery should allow it to last for a full two days, while the 4.2 is a true mid-range device with advanced features like face unlocking.

But the heavy hitter this year is the Nokia 9 PureView, taking over from the Nokia 8 Sirocco as HMD's biggest and best. This is a slick-looking device with a notchless 6-inch screen on the front and a total of five Zeiss camera lenses on the back, arranged with a flash and a time-of-light sensor into a crazy arachnid layout.

Working together, this is all meant to capture a huge amount of visual information. So for example you could take a shot and edit the focal points and blur later on, or you could take a nonsensically large 240MP exposure if you so desired. The phone is running on last year's state-of-the-art Snapdragon processor, so it won't give other 2019 flagships a run for the money on speed put it does come in cheaper at $US699 ($976).

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