It seems HMD Global is working on a new budget-centric smartphone, dubbed as Nokia 1. The smartphone will be a part of recently-launched Android Oreo (Go Edition) programme.
According to a tweet by a Russian journalist, Eldar Murtazin, HMD Global is working on an entry-level Nokia-branded smartphone which will be meant for emerging markets. The tweet further mentions that the smartphone could be launched in March 2018. He further reveals that the smartphone will come equipped with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
Nokia 1 – Android Go, 5990. HD, IPS, 1/8gb – пристойный корпус. Март. Пока сырой. У Хуавея такой же и цена 4990 или 5490, еще не решено
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) December 26, 2017
Coming to the price, he reveals that device could be priced at 5990 Rubbles, which roughly translate to Rs 6,550. Murtazin further states that Nokia 1 could boast an HD resolution, which would be interesting if the brand launches at the above-mentioned price point. Interestingly, Huawei is also working on a budget-centric smartphone that will be a part of Android Oreo Go Edition programme as well, and the company might price it between 4990 Rubbles (approx. Rs 5,544) to 5490 Rubbles (approx. Rs 6,099). However, information about this one is grim at the moment.
For the unintended, Google recently announced its ambitious Android Oreo Go edition. The Go edition was first announced at Google I/O 2017 and it meant for low-end devices that run with 512MB to 1GB of memory. The aim is to provide the latest Android updates to the masses and it will be available as a part of Android 8.1 release.
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The latest Android Oreo (Go edition) is specially optimized for the entry-level handsets and it includes better performance along with built-in data management features and security benefits. The brand has also designed a new set of Google apps including includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app, which are meant to be lighter and it will smoother on the entry-level devices. Further, Google has created a new section that recommends popular apps that are tuned to run well on entry-level smartphones. The company says that the phones running Android Oreo (Go edition) will hit the shelves in early 2018.