The HDM Global-made Nokia 6 smartphone running Android OS and being exclusively sold to China only through a single online retailer JD.com was sold out within minutes of its release.
The Nokia 6 smartphone, which retails for about $245, brought unprecedented traffic to the JD.com. The online retailer received over a million registrations for the flash sale that went live on Thursday.
However, the exact number of units JD.com sold was not revealed. Neither has there been any official communication on when the next flash sale will take place. Apparently, JD.com was given strict instructions not to ship Nokia 6 to any consumer outside China, not even the U.S. market.
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There has also been no official communications as to when the device will be shipped to the U.S. markets. Doubts as to if at all it will be shipped to the U.S. market are beginning to rise.
The Nokia 6 comes packed with 64GB internal memory, 16MP rear camera, and 8MP front camera. HDM Global, which secured the legal rights to manufacture and sell devices using the Nokia brand, is said to be gearing up to release more devices this year. We are certainly expecting more devices to be unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress when it will be unveiling the Nokia P1 smartphone. The Nokia P1 is said to come with 256GB internal storage for around $950 and a 128GB variant for about $800.
Last year December, Nokia was quoted saying it is planning to “stay true to the Nokia brand.”
Arto Nummela, the Nokia CEO of HMD Global said, “The brand is known for simplicity, ease of use, reliability, and quality. These are the elements that we will deliver together with amazing industrial design.”
The re-emergence of Nokia branded devices comes after the end of a contract the company signed with Microsoft back in 2013. The contract prohibited Nokia from using the brand name on any other device until the end of 2016.