The Nokia Ion Prototype Is The Bitesized Android That Company Should Have Made
The smartphone market is currently dominated by two mobile operating systems which include Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. About a decade ago the conditions were not the same as they are now. There used to Nokia which single-handedly dominated the mobile phone market with its S40 and Symbian phones.
However, with passing time and shift in consumer trends, the two mobile operating systems developed by Nokia vanished. Encountering fierce competition, the company did not reveal its first Android smartphone, the Nokia X till 2014. Though it had other prototype smartphones in development which unfortunately never saw the light of the day.
One such device is the ultra-compact Nokia Ion Mini prototype, which is currently listed for auction on eBay. The device has a distinctive design with plastic and aluminium build. Even when placed next to the iPhone 5S from 2014, the Nokia Ion Mini seems like a puny toy.
Even though the listing does not reveal the screen size of the Nokia Ion Mini, it does state the display has a wvga resolution of 480 x 800. Still, it can be assumed that the display on the device would approximately measure 3 inch.
Under the hood, the Nokia Ion Mini packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 which is clocked at 1.2 GHz. The listing states that the smartphone runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean which was unveiled in the year 2013. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G. Also, according to the listing, the device is carrier unlocked so users from around the globe can use it, in case they intend to do so.
As previously mentioned, the Nokia Ion Mini prototype with an appealing design is listed on eBay UK at a price of US $ 1,999. Though the price is very steep and it is much more than the device would have originally intended for. Taking into consideration it is a rare device, this is mfore of a collectors item than a device that the conventional user would use on a day to day basis. For reference, the futuristic Galaxy Fold which is expected to be made commercially available next month is priced for US$ 1980.
It won’t be fair to say that this charming and ultra pocketable Nokia Ion Mini could have taken down Samsung’s behemoth army of varied smartphones by itself. Though it could have generated its own following amongst consumers that intend to buy a compact handset.
Nonetheless, this tiny Android smartphone will definitely go down the books of history for Nokia and cult followers of Nokia who are willing to pay any price for such a unique item.