Nokia 1.4 finally starts selling in Kenya

It’s been a few weeks since we heard that the Nokia 1.4 was headed Kenya’s way.

The entry-level smartphone from HMD Global was announced at the start of February and has been slowly making its way to various markets. Now, it is available for purchase in Kenya.

The Nokia 1.4 is going for Kshs 12,500. It comes in Fjord, Charcoal and Dusk colour options.

Available locally is the 2GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage variant.

At that price, and with those specifications, it won’t be winning any plaudits but HMD Global is banking on the appeal of the Nokia brand and the Android One experience, which guarantees users a hassle-free “pure” Android experience and updates (security and main Android version) for 2-3 years, to drive sales. Will that work?

Other specifications of the device, as we had previously noted, include “a 6.5-inch HD+ “edge-to-edge” display (the largest ever to feature on a 1 series Nokia), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 entry-level chipset, an 8-megapixel camera flanked by a 2-megapixel macro sensor and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.”

There’s a capacitive fingerprint sensor at the back (see featured image above) and, inside, there’s a 4,000mAh battery which the device’s backers are pitching as a handy solution for the early morning and late afternoon video calls that one may need to make in this pandemic.

As usual, it is powered by Android Go, version 10. Version 11, going by HMD Global’s statement, is almost ready to start rolling out to the device.

Here’s something else that doesn’t have a near-stock Android experience but is much better value for money.

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