HMD Global has today launched the Nokia 1 in India at best buy price of Rs. 5,499. Originally announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress, the Android Go powered smartphone comes with entry-level specifications and replaceable back covers. Sales for the Nokia 1 commence from this month’s 28th in two color options — warm red and dark blue.
The Nokia 1 offers a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display and is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC paired with 1GB of RAM. On the storage front, the device offers 8GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 128GB. Camera options on the Nokia 1 include a 5-Megapixel rear camera with a fixed focus lens and an LED flash. The front/selfie camera is a 2-Megapixel fixed focus unit. It’s compatible with LTE networks and two SIM cards as well.
There’s a 2150mAh battery which, surprisingly, is not removable. The biggest highlight of the Nokia 1, though, is Android 8.1 Go, a lightweight fork of its beefier counterpart designed to run more efficiently on underpowered hardware. The software also features a specialized, trimmed-down set of Google apps like Google Go, Maps Go, which don’t require a ton of resources to function and roughly take only 1MB of space.
Additional back covers — which HMD Global calls Xpress-On covers — will cost Rs 450. Furthermore, Nokia 1 buyers are also eligible for a cashback of Rs 2,200 and 60GB of 4G data from Reliance Jio irrespective of whether you’re a new or an existing customer. This effectively brings down the phone’s price down to Rs 3,299. However, it’s worth pointing out HMD Global hasn’t specified when you will receive this cashback as in most cases, it’s after a year or two. You can read more about the phone in our first impressions.
Lava introduced its Android Go smartphone three days ago as well with the launch of the Lava Z50. It features nearly the same set of hardware and software but is a thousand bucks cheaper. Although, when we tried both the phones at the Mobile World Congress, the Nokia 1 seemed significantly more responsive as compared to the rest.
Nokia 1 Specifications
- 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS Display
- Quad-Core MediaTek MT6737 with 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB
- 5-Megapixel rear fixed focus camera, LED flash
- 2-Megapixel front/selfie rear camera
- 2150mAh Battery
- Android Go Oreo Edition
- 4G VoLTE, WiFI 802.11, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, FM Radio, micro-USB and a 3.5mm audio jack