As expected, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HMD Global has announced its first Android Oreo (Go Edition) phone — Nokia 1. The phone is priced at just $85 and will be available in key markets from April this year.
Given the phone’s pricing, we do not expect much from the device. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch IPS display that offers a screen resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Under the hood, it is powered by a low-level quad-core processor from MediaTek which is clocked at 1.1GHz. However, at this time, we don’t know which specific chipset is used.
The phone packs just 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. However, there’s a microSD card slot which enables users to further expand the storage capacity of the device. Further, the phone features a 5-megapixel camera sensor at the back and a 2-megapixel camera sensor on the front, primarily for video calling.
The Nokia 1 is the first phone from Finland-based HMD Global that is a part of Google’s Android Go program. Thus, the phone runs Android Oreo (Go Edition) and comes with access to several Android Go-specific applications. Google has launched Go-specific version of some of its apps, including Gmail, Maps, Chrome, Assistant, and the Play Store.
Google had announced the Android Go initiative with an aim to bring a tailored distribution of the latest Android version to low-end devices. The search engine giant has begun this program to release Android Go phones in emerging markets. The operating system is optimized to run on devices with 512MB RAM and 1GB RAM.
While the phone will be available in two color options — Red and Blue, the company has introduced a variety of colors with Xpress-On covers that can be used to customize the phone. However, there are no official details related to the availability of colors or its cost.
Earlier, Google had confirmed that it will be using the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 platform to introduce some Android Oreo (Go Edition) phones. Recently, TCL-owned Alcatel announced its Android Go phone — Alcatel 1x, which is priced at 99 Euros.
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