Last month, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, HMD Global announced its first Android Go edition smartphone — Nokia 1. Now, the company has launched the Nokia 1 in the Indian market, making it the second Android Go phone available in the country after Lava Z50.
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 device comes with 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.
Being a part of Android Go program, 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.
In India, the Nokia 1 smartphone comes in two color options — Warm Red and Dark Blue. Priced at Rs. 5,499 (approximately $85), the phone will be available for purchase from 28th March across the nation. The company has also launched Xpress On covers which will be available in Azure and Grey or Yellow and Pink color for Rs. 450, which roughly converts to $7.
Additionally, Reliance Jio is offering cashback worth Rs. 2,200, bringing down the effective price of Nokia 1 to Rs. 3,299 (approx. $51). Further, the users will also be eligible for a 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on opening the Kotak 811 savings account.