HMD Global unveiled its first Nokia-branded mobile phone on Tuesday
HMD Global unveiled its first Nokia-branded mobile phone on Tuesday, named as Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM. However are feature handset not the much awaited Nokia-branded Android phones. The Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM phones will be made available from Q1 2017, opening with APAC, IMEA, and Europe.
The Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM are feature phones and do not offer internet access, although houses features such as FM radio, MP3 player, VGA camera, and Bluetooth v3.0 along with SLAM. Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA (240×320 pixels) display. The devices run on Nokia Series 30+ operating system and come with a price tag of $26 (around Rs. 1,800) before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia 150 and Nokia Dual SIM offers battery capacity that lasts up to 22 hours, as claimed by HMD Global, whereas the standby time of Nokia 150 is 31 days and Nokia 150 Dual SIM is claimed to offer 25 days of standby time.
The mobile phones come pre-installed with Snake Xenzia, and the try-and-buy version of Nitro Racing by Gameloft.
To summon up, HMD is the Finnish company that has acquired the rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones. HMD led by former Nokia executives took over the Nokia phone business from Microsoft and had socked a licensing deal with Nokia Oyj to bring the brand name back into the smartphone market in the upcoming year.
Nokia basically makes most of its sales in India and places such as Asia and Eastern Europe.
Once Nokia was considered world’s dominant mobile phone maker but it missed it shift when it came to the smartphones. It sold all the mobile activities in 2014 and is now focusing on telecom network equipment. Microsoft struggled to keep up with the likes of Apple and Samsung in smartphones and has largely dropped out of phone business.