Back in the early days of the new millennium, and a little before that, Nokia (News - Alert) was the name to know in mobile phones. Nokia was a major name in this field, at least, until Apple walked into the room with the iPhone and fundamentally changed the market. Now, Nokia's better known for its next generation communications tools, though the thought of getting back into phones was likely never far away. New word on Nokia's website about the Nokia 6 Android (News - Alert) phone, however, makes it clear that the thought was there, and now it's reality.
Reports suggest that the Nokia 6 will be a China-exclusive device, at least for now, so there's no telling when other countries will be able to get in on this action, if ever. For those who can get in, they'll get access to a metallic design running the latest version of the Android operating system (OS). Included speakers will draw on Dolby Atmos technology, and a USB type C charger will run the whole affair.
Earlier word described the specs of another device that may ultimately be the device in question, the Nokia E1. If the Nokia 6 runs similarly to the Nokia E1, it will boast a 5.2 inch display showing at 720p resolution, along with a Snapdragon 425 processor, an Adreno 308 graphics processor, two gigabytes of RAM (News - Alert) and 16 gigabytes of onboard storage. A slate of leaks preceded this more official notice, so interested Nokia fans will need to watch carefully for the fullest official word.
Honestly, I'm not sure how well this one will do going in. The problem is that Nokia is an excellent device maker; it has to be thanks to its next generation communications capabilities. It's likely to be one of the first 5G-ready devices if for no other reason than Nokia's had such a hand in developing 5G altogether. Yet the same problems are well in attendance; Nokia is very, very late to the smartphone party and is thus competing against a variety of heavily-entrenched models. Samsung, Apple (News - Alert) and the rest have markets sewn up, and now, Nokia will have to break chunks of those markets out by offering a better value somehow.
If Nokia can offer that value, it will have a place in the field. If it can't, well, it won't be the first time that a device stepped into a glutted market and couldn't make much of a field for itself. Just ask Windows Phone (News - Alert) users. Still, starting out as a China-only product may help it here, but only time will tell if Nokia can get its device credibility back as well as its next generation communications chops.
Edited by Alicia Young