Nokia – Whenever people utter the name, its visualization comes out as a black-and-white, keypad-enabled small mobile phone with the only-advanced-feature ‘The Snake Xnenzia Game”. But the scenario later changed and Nokia emerged as one of the strongest competitors of mobile phone market. However, due to the acquisition of Microsoft over the Nokia Brand in 2014, the Finnish Multinational quitted manufacturing smartphones, and since then, expectations about the new Nokia branded phones used to be in a lynching status.
However, now Nokia-branded handsets are back in the mobile market and the tech giant already has unveiled its first-ever Nokia-branded Android mobiles for the commercial purpose. HMD Global, owned by the Nokia veteran Arto Nummela, has launched its first two Nokia feature phones, which are integrated with Google’s Android Operating System and are expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2017.
To summon up, HMD Global is the manufacturing partner of Nokia since last year. The company, last year purchased the legal rights and intellectual property licenses from Nokia and as a result of this deal, HMD Global is now responsible for the development and designing of all the future Android-based Nokia smartphones and tablets for the next one decade.
And the first product of this effective deal between Nokia and HMD Global is the ‘Nokia 150’ and ‘Nokia 150 Dual SIM’ mobiles. These are the first-ever feature phones of Nokia, which were introduced on Tuesday. Being the re-launcher handsets of Nokia in the mobile industry, the Finnish Company has kept the price range of both handsets quite minimal and both have come up with the price tag of $26. And no doubt, both phones are the replica of the so-called “dumb phones” of Nokia with no internet connectivity.
In terms of specifications and features, both phones seem not to be so impressive. Measuring 118.00 x 50.20 x 13.50 (height x width x thickness) and weighing 81.00 grams, both devices flaunt tiny 2.40-inch touchscreen display, mated on 240 pixels by 320 pixels display resolution. Backed by a 1020mAh battery in the power segment; both handsets run on Android Operating System. As per the claim of HMD Global, with a 1020mAH battery, both phones can deliver up to 22 hours of talk time and last up to 31 days in standby mode. With the handy physical keyboard, the phones are facilitating users with both touchscreen and keypad option.
Similarly, as expected, both phones are integrated with Android OS, and additionally, HMD Global also has confirmed it to ship with Android Nougat soon. As far as the cameras are concerned, both mobile phones boast a 0.3-mp camera at their rear panel and miss the space for selfie shoot. Interestingly, both phones are preloaded with the famous Nokia-exclusive “Snake Xenzia” game.
However, one part that is sorting out both phone phones from one another is their SIM slot capability. While Nokia 150 Dual SIM is a dual SIM handset, with the options of dual GSM+GSM SIM slot, the Nokia 150 is single-handed. With only Bluetooth and FM feature in connectivity department, the phones are yet to hit the retail outlets.
With two color variants like black and white, the sale of the handsets will be rolling out in Europe, India, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa, in the first quarter of 2017, with the price tag of $26. However, up to then, Nokia has been focusing more on boosting up its crucial Networks segment alongside the development of a new technology era, with the facility of 5G Internet, Virtual Reality technology, and Health Care. By stepping into these departments, Nokia is expected to make high revenue and revive its lost position in the market.