While this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just wrapping up, we have some exciting news for Nokia fans. HMD Global has decided to unveil its first Nokia-branded Android smartphone. Nokia previously announced its return to smartphones last month, and now a promotional video for one of the company’s upcoming Android-powered phones is live.
The Nokia 6 is official on Nokia’s site, branded as “the first Nokia smartphone powered by Android” (there was the Nokia X series, but it was technically developed by Microsoft) and will be released in early 2017.
The Nokia 6 features a Gorilla Glass protected, in-cell 5.5-inch 2.5D display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). The Snapdragon 430 chipset powers the phone, containing an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 505 GPU. Quick Charge 3.0 replenishes battery power four times faster than conventional charging. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage. The 16MP rear camera carries an f/2.0 aperture and PDAF laser auto focusing. In front is an 8MP camera, also sporting an f/2.0 aperture, for selfies and video chats.
Not much can be said about the build quality until one can actually hold the smartphone, but you can notice that the device features a micro-USB port (clearly visible at 00:25 in the video) rather than a USB Type-C port as we’ve grown accustomed to lately. The video also advertises Dolby ATMOS surround sound for the phone which matches the leaked specifications of Nokia 6. In addition, it appears the phone will feature capacitive navigation buttons rather than on-screen buttons, while the physical home button doubles up as the fingerprint scanner.
Unfortunately for the rest of us though, the phone will only be available in China, at least for now. Nokia 6 will launch early this year as a JD.com exclusive. It will be priced at 1699 CNY which is the equivalent of $245 or ₹16739. HMD Global has apparently chosen China for its first smartphone because of the huge number of smartphone users (593 million expected in 2017) and because of the high value placed on quality and premium design.
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There aren’t a ton of other details about the Nokia 6 yet. We can only hope that HMD Global eventually brings this device, or hopefully a device with better specifications, to other markets but it will be interesting to see whether the company commits to frequent software updates.
Via : AndroidPolice