HMD Global – the company that now holds the right to make phones under the famous ‘Nokia’ brand – used the opportunity to reveal the Nokia 6, first of the many Android-based smartphones the company is said to be working on.
The device has a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. Nokia 6 also equipped with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The phone launches on latest Android 7 Nougat. It is equipped with 16-megapixel, F/2.0, phase detection AF camera on the rear and 8-megapixel F/2.0 camera on the front.
Nokia 6 Specifications:
- Aluminum unibody design
- Gorilla Glass protection
- 4 GB RAM
- Android Nougat 7.0
- 5.5-inch, 2.5D, 1080p display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 430 processor with X6 LTE modem
- 64 GB internal storage
- 16 MP Rear camera, phase detection auto focus, F/2.0
- 8 MP FFC
- Dolby ATMOS support
- Fingerprint Sensor
- 3000 mAH
Nokia 6 Release Date, Pricing and where to buy:
Nokia 6 will debut exclusively through JD.com in early 2017 in China. The Nokia 6 is priced at 1699 CNY at JD.com.
What happened to Nokia?
In 2014 the Finnish firm’s devices division was acquired by Microsoft for $7.17 billion. Microsoft had intended to use the Nokia brand and technology on both smart and basic phones, but struggled to make the deal work. By July 2015, the firm announced plans to axe 7,800 jobs and write-off $7.6bn to focus on “a more effective and focused phone portfolio”.
That decision eventually led to HMD being granted a ten-year license to sell Nokia-branded phones and tablets. At the time the company said it would invest $500 million (£346m) over the next three years to relaunch Nokia’s ailing business.
The firm is headed by former Nokia and Microsoft mobile devices head Arto Nummela, with other senior Microsoft and Nokia employees also involved. Nokia will receive monthly payments from HMD as part of the deal to cover the use of its brand and patents.
A separate deal between HMD and Microsoft gave the former rights to use the Nokia brand on lower-end feature phones such as the Nokia 150.
Microsoft’s agreement with HMD was part of a wider sell-off of its entire feature phone business, with some assets also transferred to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of manufacturing giant Foxconn. The deal between Microsoft, HMD and FIH was valued at $350m.