HMD Launches Arrow Smartphone in India with 90Hz Display and 5000mAh Battery

HMD Global launches the HMD Arrow, a budget smartphone with a 6.65-inch 90Hz display and 5000mAh battery, in India. The device shares the same specs as the HMD Pulse, launched in Europe, with the only difference being the name.

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HMD Launches Arrow Smartphone in India with 90Hz Display and 5000mAh Battery

HMD Launches Arrow Smartphone in India with 90Hz Display and 5000mAh Battery

HMD Global, the company behind Nokia-branded phones, has launched a new budget smartphone in India called the HMD Arrow. The device features a 6.65-inch 90Hz IPS display with a punch-hole notch, powered by the Unisoc T606 chipset.

The HMD Arrow comes in two RAM options - 4GB and 6GB, both paired with 64GB of internal storage. It sports a single 13MP rear camera without optical image stabilization (OIS). On the front, there is an 8MP selfie shooter housed within the punch-hole cutout.

Powering the HMD Arrow is a large 5000mAh battery, which should provide ample battery life. However, charging speeds are capped at just 10W. The phone retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and includes a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Interestingly, the HMD Arrow shares the exact same specifications as the HMD Pulse, which was recently launched in Europe. The only difference appears to be the name. HMD had previously run a naming contest in India, with suggestions like Indhumanoid, Manbha, Naruto, and Brahmos. But ultimately, the company chose 'Arrow' as the final name for the Indian market.

The strategy of using different names for the same device in various regions could be seen as confusing by some. However, HMD likely sees it as a way to better cater to regional preferences and give each market a greater sense of ownership over the product.

With its large high-refresh-rate display, capable chipset, and long-lasting battery, the HMD Arrow looks to be a solid entry in the competitive Indian budget smartphone segment. Pricing and availability details have not yet been announced, but the device is expected to be priced affordably to take on rivals from brands like Xiaomi, Realme, and Samsung.

Key Takeaways

  • HMD Global launches HMD Arrow, a budget smartphone in India.
  • Features 6.65" 90Hz IPS display, Unisoc T606 chipset, and 5000mAh battery.
  • Available in 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB RAM/storage options.
  • Has a single 13MP rear camera and 8MP selfie shooter.
  • Pricing and availability details to be announced, expected to be affordable.