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.