The Goliath of phones is back
Putting all rumors to rest, Nokia has finally announced that it is returning to the market with its first 2017 Android phone. This marks the company’s return to the mainstream mobile market. This model is now available, but only in China. Fortunately, there are more new Nokia Android phones to hit the market (starting at MWC 2017) that will be sold in other regions too.For example, Qualcomm was rumored to have shown the upcoming Nokia 8 at CES, while a Snapdragon 835-toting Nokia P1 is rumored for MWC. This Nokia 6 is a mere taster.
Here are the important points you need to know about the Nokia Android phone release date, price, and specifications.
Once this biggest and best-known mobile phone manufacturer, made the fatal mistake of agreeing to produce only Windows phones, though it was facing some tough competition from iPhone and Android manufacturers. In the year 2014 Nokia packed up its mobile phone game and sold its business to Microsoft. Fast-forward to 2017, and with Android operating system onboard, this could be the Nokia comeback we all have been waiting for.
It is still not quite the Nokia as we know it since Finnish brand HMD Global currently owns the rights to develop, build as well as sell Nokia-branded phones – although it does so with Nokia’s input.
The Nokia 6 has an RRP of 1699 CNY, which at the time of writing converts to £201.66 in the UK, 232.07 Euro in the EU, and to $245.38 in the US.
Announced at CES 2017 the Nokia 6 is a unibody Android Nougat phone crafted from a single block of Series 6000 aluminum. The model of Nokia is paired with a 5.5 inches 1080p laminated in-cell display, with a protective 2.5D Gorilla Glass. On the inside, it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, with Adreno 505 GPU, 4GB LPDDR3 RAM of brute power, 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery. The company draws particular attention to the Nokia 6’s multimedia functionality, quoting dual amplifiers that deliver a 6dB louder sound than a regular amp, giving higher voice, deeper bass and unmatched clarity, and Dolby Atmos that creates powerful, moving audio that seems to follow all around the users. The Phone has a primary camera of 16Mp, f/2.0 with phase-detection autofocus, and an 8MP selfie camera.
A phone known as the Nokia Heart has also been spotted in GFXBench benchmarks (source) and may make an appearance at February’s MWC. It’s thought to be a slimmed-down, cheaper version of the Nokia 6 with a 1.4GHz Snapdragon, 430 processor, Adreno 505 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and cameras rated at 13Mp and 8Mp. The Nokia Heart runs Android Nougat. However, Qualcomm denies showing the Nokia 8.
Following CES 2017 Total Tech posted a video on YouTube that tradeshow it said revealed the ‘Nokia 8’ or ‘Nokia Supreme’. Unfortunately, HMD has since confirmed that this was a fake account.
The rumor itself has some credit, however, and it was already doing the rounds that Nokia would soon unveil a Snapdragon 835 Smartphone at the trade show in the month of February.