Google recently announced its Android Go program and according to the reports, the first smartphone to be a part of this program will be from HMD Global — Nokia 1. The phone is expected to debut in March next year.
The first operating system to support the Android Go program is Android Orea (Go Edition). The phone is believed to be running on the same. The program is designed for the smartphones with 512MB or 1GB RAM. At the time of launch, Google had said that it will be partnering with lots of manufacturers for the Android Go smartphones.
The Nokia 1 is expected to feature an HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels screen resolution. The phone will be powered by Qualcomm or MediaTek’s entry-level processor given that both of them have announced support for the Android Go edition.
Further, it is said that the phone will come with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. These specifications are similar to the recently launched Nokia 2 smartphone, which is currently the cheapest device from HMD Global.
According to the reports, Huawei is also planning to launch a smartphone under the Android Go program. The phone from the China-based manufacturer will reportedly pack similar internals as of Nokia 1.
A report mentions that the Nokia 1 will be priced at 5,999 Rubles and will be first launched in Russia in March 2018. However, we are expecting the phone to make its way to India soon after launch with an aggressive price tag, given the price sensitivity in the Indian market.
Even though the phone’s specifications don’t seem to offer much, we are expecting good performance in terms of an entry-level smartphone. Android Go is optimized to run smoothly on phones with such specs, and the apps are also optimized, such as Google Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go, Files Go, Assistant Go, and more.