The first Nokia branded pure Android phone have been launched in China. The announcement was a kind of a surprise because Nokia no long produces smartphones under it’s name. The Android device has been highly anticipated and marks the return of Nokia to the smartphone world after a series of Windows Phone models.
The Nokia 6 pure Android phone was introduced by HMD Global, the new partners of the Nokia brand in China. HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a press release on its website which corresponded with the final day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass as it’s screen protector.
Powering the Nokia 6 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC processor combined with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space.
By camera, Nokia 6 has a 16-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and face detection features. It also has a dual-tone flash as well as an 8-megapixel front facing camera for selfies.
It’s home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner plus a Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers’ that guarantees louder and more quality sound. Nokia 6 takes dual SIM cards and it’s operation is made possible by a 3000 mAh non-removable battery.
The Nokia 6, first Nokia branded pure Android phones is to be released exclusively in China. A decision HMD Global says is “a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world”.
“With over 552 million smartphone users in China in 2016, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 593 million users by 2017, it is a strategically important market where premium design and quality is highly valued by consumers.” – The company said.
There’s no word on any new software features Nokia 6 will offer in an attempt to stand out in the crowded Android smartphone market, which as at now, is characterised by throat-cutting competition and a sea of design sameness.
Nokia remains one of the most recognised mobile phone brands on the planet and HMD Global will be hoping it can capitalise on this as it looks forward to releasing several Nokia-branded Android phones in 2017.