Nokia’s first Android smartphone launched by HMD Global in China

Company - Himanshu Gill - Jan 09,2017

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nokias first android smartphone launched by hmd global in china

Nokia unveiled its first android smartphone – the Nokia 6 – exclusively in China and will market the device in partnership with local internet retail giant

This marks Brand Nokia’s return to the international market as Finland-based HMD Global is launching smartphones under its name. HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 through a release on its official website.

Interestingly, the company has spurred the west by launching the Nokia 6 only in China and the announcement also coincided with the final day of the much-hyped CES tech show in Las Vegas.

HMD Global said that it believes the phone’s premium design would appeal to China’s local market. It added that China with more than 550 million smartphone users would give a better understanding of real-world needs of consumers in different markets around the globe.

The Nokia 6 operates on Android 7.0 Nougat and it has a 5.5-inch screen with full HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone, backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The Android device has been highly anticipated as it denotes Nokia's comeback to the smartphone market after a series of Windows Phone models (Nokia Lumia) had tumbled the company’s sales. Microsoft took over the company in 2014 and briefly used it for about a year.

HMD Global had earlier stated that it would release several Nokia branded Android phones this year. Its first product, the Nokia 6, is priced at a basic rate of 1700 Yuan or $245.

Nokia, once the largest producer and seller of cellular phones, struggled after the popularity of Android and iOS when Samsung and Apple took over the market. However, Nokia still remains one of the most recognized mobile phone brands across the world.