HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns and plan to use the Nokia brand, released in China the Nokia 6, their first handset featuring Android OS.
At the beginning of the 90’s, there was one mobile devices maker that stood on top of the world, and that was Finland’s Nokia. Almost 30 years have passed, many misfortunes came and went but with the acquisition of the branding rights by HMD Global, this not so old times titan of cell phones is set to return and claim a spot in modern day’s market.
Although the Nokia 6 is technically an HMD Global phone, it will be considered as the first attempt of the Finnish brand to establish an Android device in current mobile landscape, and all in all, it seems to be an excellent one.
The specifications of the phone are about what you would expect from some of the most recent mid-range models but with a distinctly more attractive price tag.
The 6 started selling in China for a mere CNY 1,499 (around $245). Even taking into consideration that this price is only for this Asian market, one has to consider that the difference is astounding in comparison with flagships like the iPhone 7 (CNY 5,288) and Samsung Galaxy 7 (CNY 3,910).
These are the specifications: 5.5 inches 1080p touchscreen, Snapdragon 430 chipset, 16 MP back and 8 MP front cameras, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
First China, then the world?
With the announcement of the phone’s release, the tech world started to wonder if it the device with so much promise will ever cross the ocean into western markets, but nobody offered a clear answer on the topic until recently.
A Facebook post from the official channels stated that Nokia would be present with some special announcements at the Mobile World Congress Show, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain on February 26th.
One of the strongest rumors circling is that the Nokia 6 and other devices will hit western shelves, sometime between 2017 and 2018 but for that, you just to wait for the confirmation.
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