Nokia 1 Hands On and Photo Gallery

HMD Global introduced Nokia 1, its first Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone at the MWC 2018. We got to check out the smartphone, check out the hands-on impressions and photo gallery.

Bright colours greet you as you take a closer look at the Android Go powered Nokia 1. The most affordable Android handset from the company brings back with it the legacy of interchangeable Xpress On covers.

Designed as an accessible smartphone right from scratch, the Nokia 1 makes use of bright colours and plastics to drive costs down while still keeping things interesting. The Nokia 1 is a compact device with a 4.5 inch display. With a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, this isn’t going to be turning heads anywhere but that’s not the point of this device anyway.

The Nokia 1 gives you a 1.1 GHz Mediatek MT6737M processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and most importantly, a pure build of Android guaranteed to get updates for the next 2 years. Performance is good enough for what the phone is aimed at. Basic social media use, browsing and phone should not pose an issue at all though you probably don’t want to game on this device.

Compromises have to be made to hit the price point of course and the Nokia 1 is anything but a powerhouse. The camera is a mere 5MP and tops off at VGA video recording. But with dual SIM card slots, a 2150 mAh battery, 4G capabilities and the convenience of running any app from the Google Play store, the Nokia 1 is aimed at democratising smartphones. Between Nokia’s brand appeal and the quality of hardware here, we think Nokia should be able to make strides in achieving that goal.

It is priced at $85 (Rs. 5500 approx) and will roll out from April.  Xpress-on covers will be available in Azure, Grey, Yellow, and Pink and costs $7.99.

Author: Dhruv Bhutani

Your friendly neighborhood techie. Currently using a Pixel 2 XL. Catch him on Twitter (@DhruvBhutani) / Facebook .