At the very beginning of last month, it became known that Nokia would begin developing smartphones again under their new owner, HMD Global, but this time for the Android market and not Windows. It was unclear at the time when the company’s new efforts would begin to show, but thanks to a press release and video, we now know Nokia’s ready to show off what they’ve been working on with their first handset: Nokia 6.
After securing the exclusive Nokia brand licensing rights in mobile phones in late 2016, HMD Global Oy (“HMD”) is proud to announce the launch of its Nokia 6 smartphone in China. The Nokia 6 marks the first step in HMD’s ambition to set a new standard in design, material quality and manufacturing innovation across every tier of its products by building on the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience.
The Nokia 6 is HMD’s initial efforts to throw their hat into the ring of Android smartphones and hopefully make a name for themselves. The phone’s made out of 6000 series aluminum and features a 5.5-inch Full HD display covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass, a Snapdragon 430 processor paired with an X6 modem, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Android Nougat, a 16MP phase detection autofocus rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, an 8MP front camera, and Dolby Atmos audio support.
Price wise, the Nokia 6 will retail exclusively in China from JD.com for just ¥1699 (around $245). This price more than justifies what you get with the 6, however I’m sure the cost would’ve been higher if something like a Snapdragon 625 was used.
HMD says this is the first of many Android handsets to come out of their partnership with Nokia, so stay tuned.