By: Sasha Sommer
A decade ago, Nokia found major success selling cellphones that were capable of tending to the average consumer’s needs. When companies such as Apple and HTC entered the market selling the next generation of cellphones, then dubbed smartphones, it all changed for the now troubled communications company. Nokia attempted to make a comeback by selling their lower-end, colorful Lumia line, but was hindered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. It simply lacked the ecosystem and functionality that Android and iOS provided at the time.
As a result, the line was far from a success. Microsoft eventually took over and attempted to clean up the mess that Nokia made, but inevitably failed once again due to a lackluster operating system. The line saw moderate success across some models, namely the Lumia 1020, due to the impressive camera used in the device, but it was never enough to take the brand anywhere close to what competitors were achieving.
The company eventually gave up altogether on the smartphone market and started working in other departments instead. This eventually saw them enter a partnership with Finnish company HMD Global and in 2016 during a press release, it was noted that they would be working together to create a new smartphone: the Nokia 6.
The Android-running smartphone is set to be released this year and will feature an impressive spec-sheet for a retail price of $250. Its a stellar price tag considering everything about it. Nokia outlined that it would have a 5.5" 1920x1080 display, an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It will also feature an 8MP camera in the front and a 16MP rear sensor. All of this will be packed into a premium aluminum and 2.5D glass build that is somewhat reminiscent of Huawei’s newer smartphones. Let us not forget to mention the fact that it will also have two speakers.
The catch? It will only be available in China.