The Indian smartphone users will get to experience the ‘Go’ version of the latest Android OS, Oreo and the device bringing it to India is Nokia 1. The phone was unveiled by HMD Global at the MWC in Barcelona and now, the phone is being offered to the Indian buyers at a price point of Rs 5,499.
The objective behind Google releasing the Android Go version is to make the OS available to the buyers of phones at affordable prices. This is done through offering several apps like Google Maps and Gmail, which consume more power, necessitating more powerful processors and batteries, in lightweight versions, which Google terms Google Maps Go and Gmail Go. This enables the budget smartphone manufacturers to build their phones with cheaper processors, keeping the cost low but offering the same speed and security as the high-end phones.
The Nokia 1 is a dual SIM phone, with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) IPS display. The MediaTek MT6737M processor that clocks a speed of 1.1Ghz is the CPU and the phone has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. There is also the provision to fix a microSD card that can expand the storage to 128GB. The camera section finds a 5MP sensor in the rear and 2MP sensor in the front for selfies. Remember these are budget phones. The rear camera enjoys a LED flash support as well.
The phone has the full communications suite including 4G VoLTE and most of the mandatory sensors are also on board. A 2150mAh battery that can deliver 9 hours of talk time and 15 days’ standby time completes the specs of this new Nokia 1 smartphone.
The device is coming in two colours, Dark Blue and Warm Red and in a unique addition, the Nokia 1 phone buyers also have the option to buy the Xpress On covers, paying an additional Rs 450. This is an effort to make the device more personalised.