You may not remember this, but the Nokia 6
started the brand's unlikely global revival more than two years ago in China
. The first Nokia-branded smartphone marketed by Finnish startup HMD Global and manufactured by Taiwanese giant Foxconn quickly made its way to Europe for a second announcement at MWC 2017
alongside the lower-end Nokia 3
and 5, reaching the US
in an official unlocked variant several months after.
The Nokia 6 (2017) even received a second Oreo-flavored software update last spring
, highlighting the brand's commitment to keeping its entire Android device lineup "pure, secure, and up to date" for as long as possible. Technically, this is not a member of Google's Android One program, but just like the Nokia 5.1 Plus
, 6.1, 6.1 Plus
, 7.1, and 7 Plus, it comes with a near-stock OS version, making HMD's optimization process a lot smoother than what other companies are doing.
The Nokia 5
.1, 3.1, and 2.1 are next in line for stable Android Pie delivery by the end of March, followed by the Nokia 3 and Nokia 1
in "early Q2." That's an incredibly ambitious schedule
considering the inherent limitations of such low-end handsets, but the "new Nokia" has already proven time and time again that nothing is impossible when you actually care about this sort of stuff.