HMD Global became the second company to launch an Android Go Phone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona today.
Powered by Android Oreo (Go edition), Nokia 1 is priced at $85 and will go on sale in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Australia, Middle East and India from April this year.
The launch of Nokia 1 came shortly after TCL-owned Alcatel released the first-ever Android Go phone — Alcatel 1x, which costs $50.
Since Nokia 1 is an entry-level smartphone, there is nothing special to say about its specifications. The device comes up with a 4.5-inch IPS display with a screen resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
Powered by Android Oreo (Go edition), Nokia 1 will cost $85 when go on sale in April.
Under the hood, the phone has a low-level quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.1GB and 1 GB RAM.
The phone has 8GB of internal storage, which a can be extended to 128 GB through a microSD card. There is a 2-megapixel camera sensor on the front and a 5-megapixel camera sensor with LED flash at the back.
The device is backed by a 2150 mAh battery, which we expect that will deliver a pretty decent battery life.
From the connectivity front, it has Bluetooth 4.2, GPS. 4G VoLTE and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz).
HMD Global has brought back Nokia’s popular polycarbonate Xpress-on covers, which will make the device available in a wide range of colours.
Xpress-on covers will be available in Yellow, Pink, Azure and Grey colours, starting at a price of $7.99.
The device will come up in two standard colours — Blue and Red.
The company, however, has not made any official announcement about its colours and cost.
Google had launched Oreo version of Android Go for low-end smartphones with 512 MB to 1GB of RAM in December last year.
The company has also released Go version of some of its apps, including Chrome, Assistant, Maps, Gmail, Youtube and Google Search which take up less space on the phone and consume less processing power and data.
Besides Nokia 1, HMD Global also introduced a range of other smartphones at MWC. These include second-generation Nokia 6, which will go global after being showcased in China last month, Nokia 7 Plus, a big-screen follow-up of China-exclusive 7, which was launched in October last year and Nokia 8 Sirocco, a curved glass Android flagship which will cost $921.