Nokia phones are a beast, considering their durability and design. After a disastrous acquisition by Microsoft, there hasn't been a single Nokia smartphone. Nokia has been rumored to be making a comeback to the market. Last year, the company officially confirmed that they're planning to launch Android smartphones in 2017 under HMD Global.
Today, in a Press release, HMD Global has announced their new Android smartphone. Named Nokia 6, this phone will be running the not so latest Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box. This phone has a uni-body aluminium design.
From the company,
It takes 55 minutes to machine a single Nokia 6 from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium. It then receives two separate anodising processes, taking over ten hours to complete, with each phone being polished no less than five times. The end result is an aluminium unibody with the highest level of visual and structural quality.
Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones. The company claims that more phones will come in later 2017.
This phone is priced at $245 which approximately is ₹16000 in India. However don't get too excited, as this phone is determined to be launched as a Chinese exclusive. No word about global launch.
The decision by HMD to launch its first Android smartphone into China 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 20171, it is a strategically important market where premium design and quality is highly valued by consumers.
Nokia under HMD Global is expected to launch nearly six smartphones this year. If this phone gets huge positive response, this might be the year for Nokia's market to get re-established.