tech2 News StaffMar 26, 2018 19:07:04 IST
HMD Global has finally launched India's first Android Oreo Go edition-powered smartphone and it is called the Nokia 1. The device was first announced at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Spain and a few months later, it has now been launched in India at a best buy price of Rs 5,499.
The smartphone features a rather retro-looking design that looks closer to the Nokia 3310 with a silver ring that borders the display's screen.
The Nokia 1 also comes with plastic Xpress-on covers, like the older feature phones and can be swapped and given a make-over on the move, making device personalisation possible with the polycarbonate shells.
The Nokia 1 comes with 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display which Nokia claims is power efficient. Inside, there is a MediaTek MT6737M quad-core SoC clocked at 1.1 GHz. The device features 1 GB of RAM along with 8 GB of internal storage and microSD card support (up to 128 GB).
Nokia offers a 5 MP fixed-focus primary camera with an LED flash and a 2 MP fixed focus camera on the front for selfies.
Connectivity options include, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/AGPS, Bluetooth 4.2, a micro USB 2.0 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are the usual array of sensors which include a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and a g-sensor. The humble-looking device also features an FM radio.
Powering all of the above is a 2,150 mAh battery that for once, is removable and user-replaceable.
The handset measures 133.6x67.78x9.5 mm.
Nokia claims that device can deliver a maximum talk time of up to 9 hours and offers a maximum standby time of up to 15 days.
Announcing the India launch, Ajey Mehta, Vice President India, HMD Global, HMD Global, said, “There are more than 1.3 billion feature phone users around the world, many from markets in Asia and Africa. As the value market leader in feature phones, we understand the barriers and challenges people face when it comes to stepping up to a smartphone which is where the Nokia 1 fits in perfectly. Not only is this our most affordable smartphone ever, it also combines the reassuring quality and design of a Nokia smartphone with the latest Android Oreo (Go edition) to deliver exceptional value and realize our dream of creating a complete smartphone experience that is accessible to everyone.”
The Nokia 1 will be available in Warm Red and Dark Blue and will go up for sale starting 28 March, 2018. The Xpress-on covers in Azure Grey, yellow and pink will be sold separately and will go on sale starting April, 2018 at a retail price of Rs 450 each.
There are cashback offers from Jio worth Rs 2,200 bringing down the effective price of the Nokia 1 to Rs 3,299. With the Jio offer, the customer also gets 60 GB of additional data.
HMD will also provide a Nokia 1 users with complimentary 12 month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on opening of a Kotak 811 savings account and activating it with an initial deposit if Rs 1,000 during the introductory period. Nokia 1 buyers will also get 20 percent off on booking their first ride via redBUs.
You can check out our first impressions of the Nokia 1 by clicking here.
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