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The Nokia 1 may launch as part of the Android Go program

The Nokia 1 is reportedly coming in March 2018 and will launch as part of Google's Android Go program. This program aims to bring inexpensive devices to emerging markets.

Published onDecember 28, 2017

  • HMD Global’s upcoming budget-friendly phone, the Nokia 1, might launch in March as an Android Go device.
  • The phone will have 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable storage, and a 720p display.
  • The price should be under $100 to appeal to customers in emerging markets.

The storied Nokia brand made a comeback in 2017 thanks to HMD Global. HMD develops and markets phones under the Nokia name, and so far they’ve been a hit. We’ve enjoyed our time with the Nokia 2, 5, 6, and 8. Now, it looks like Nokia will be adding to its lineup in 2018. According to WinFuture, the Nokia 1 is coming and it is destined to be an Android Go device.

Android Go: What is it and which phones run it?

As you may remember, Android Go is aimed at bringing smartphones to emerging markets. These devices are very inexpensive and have entry-level specs. To get the most out of the phones, they run Android Go— a lightweight version of Android that is optimized in key areas to run better on lesser hardware. Android Go also comes with lightweight apps like Files Go and Google Maps Go, which are able to function in areas with spotty or no internet connection.

As you might expect, the Nokia 1 will bring entry-level specs and a price to match. The device is slated to have 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Luckily, it will also have a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The display is rumored to have a 720p resolution, but we’ve yet to get info on how big it is. When it launches, the Nokia 1 should come in somewhere between €70-€80, which translate to $83-$95.

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