Nokia's first Android smartphone now available in to market

Finland's Nokia was founded in 1865, and in the past few decades has been best known for its telecommunications equipment and mobile devices. Formerly the largest mobile manufacturer in the world, the company sold its Devices and Services division to Microsoft in 2014, and has since been operating in the mobile and tablet space with a brand licensing model.

Nokia's (or rather HMD Global's) first Android-based smartphone is called simply the Nokia 6, and it will be available for buying sometime in early 2017. There is a catch, however. The Nokia 6, announced by HMD Global on Sunday, will be initially available for buying for 1699 CNY (roughly Rs 16,739 INR) in China only, with no word on global availability and pricing for now.




But, the bigger point to note here is that Nokia is back. There was -- previously -- no estimated time frame around which Nokia would launch its smartphones. Although, reports had hinted that Android-based Nokia phones would be released some time in Q2 2017. The Nokia 6, it seems, would be hitting the market (albeit, just in China) sooner than one would have anticipated.

The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch. 

The Nokia 6 is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia 6 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 154.00 x 75.80 x 7.85 (height x width x thickness) .

The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM (GSM + CDMA and GSM + CDMA) smartphone that accepts . Connectivity options include GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.


The Nokia 6, it seems, is just the beginning. Clearly, more Nokia smartphones are in tow. The fact that Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will be hosting a keynote at the upcoming MWC event in February raises lots of possibilities. Chances are the world would also get the first look at the Nokia 6 at the MWC, prior to availability. Going by its spec-sheet, the Nokia 6 appears to be a decent mid-ranger banking heavily on nostalgia.




GENERAL
Alternate namesSix
Release dateJanuary 2017
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)154.00 75.80 7.85
Battery capacity (mAh)3000
Removable batteryNo
SAR valueNA
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)5.50
TouchscreenYes
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI)403
HARDWARE
Processorocta-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
RAM4GB
Internal storage64GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)128
CAMERA
Rear camera16-megapixel
FlashYes
Front camera8-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-FiNo
Wi-Fi standards supportedNA
GPSYes
BluetoothYes
NFCNo
InfraredNo
USB OTGNo
FMNo
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1
SIM Type
GSM/CDMAGSM + CDMA
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)No
SIM 2
SIM Type
GSM/CDMAGSM + CDMA
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)No
SENSORS
Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes
BarometerNo
Temperature sensorNo