Nokia 1, a dual SIM phone, to be unveiled locally in mid April, cost Kshs 9,500

HMD Global has announces that the Nokia 1 smartphone, running on Android Oreo (Go edition) will be available for purchase from retail stores in the country at an estimated price of Kshs 9,500 from April 16, 2018.

The Nokia 1 delivers smartphone essentials, familiar design and the reassuring quality of a Nokia phone to fans around the world. Running the latest Android Oreo (Go edition), a version of Android for devices with 1GB RAM or less (up to 128MB), the Nokia 1 delivers extraordinary value with an exceptional experience encompassing all the features you’d expect from a quality smartphone.

The device comes with a  quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, 4G connectivity and dual SIM features. It also combines a removable 2150 mAh battery and power-efficient IPS display while its hardware works with the optimised apps, enabling one to make the most out of each charge.

The Nokia 1 will be available in Kenya in Warm Red and Dark Blue with its tough two-tone polycarbonate cover ready to take on every day knocks and bumps with its durable design.

Joseph Umunakwe, GM, West, East and Central Africa, HMD Global, said: “There are more than 1.3 billion feature phone users around the world, many from markets in Asia and Africa. As the value market leader in feature phones, we understand the barriers and challenges people face when it comes to the step up to a smartphone which is why we’ve made our most accessible smartphone ever. With the Nokia 1 smartphone, we have combined the reassuring quality and design of a Nokia smartphone with the latest Android Oreo (Go edition) software to deliver exceptional value and realize our dream of creating a complete smartphone experience, accessible to everyone.”

Tailored to devices with 1GB RAM or less, Android Oreo (Go edition) comes with a new range of apps from Google designed to run faster while consuming less data. Optimised to be smooth and fast, these include Google Go – a web search app, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go and Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), to quickly send messages, make calls, set alarms and do more,simply byusing your voice.

With fewer pre-installed and much lighter apps on Android Oreo (Go edition), one gets two times more available storage out of the box compared with Android Nougat.

Android Oreo (Go edition) offers a smooth and responsive experience, while making sure your device gets the latest security updates and features, including Google Play Protect, which continuously works to keep your device, data and apps safe.

All Nokia smartphones come with no bloatware, skins, UI changes or unnecessary apps pre-loaded onto the phone, giving the user a pure Android experience.

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