HMD Launches Its First-Ever Affordable Pulse Series Smartphones in Kenya

Remember them days when Nokia devices used to rule the world? Well HMD global which gained rights after the Finnish phone maker went down to sell Nokia branded phones is finally feeling confident enough to sell its own branded devices. The phone maker has unveiled a series of HMD branded phones here in Kenya and we couldn’t be more excited. The firm has unveiled its first-ever original HMD-branded smartphones in Kenya which are going by the name HMD Pulse series that promises to blend affordability with functionality, a move that’s expected to appeal more to the diverse needs of Kenyan consumers.

The lineup includes the HMD Pulse, HMD Pulse+, and the flagship HMD Pulse Pro which all come with a blend of aesthetics and somewhat impressive specifications that should appeal to most of us at a surprisingly budget-friendly price point.

Key Features:

Let’s delve into some of the key features you should expect on the HMD Pulse devices. It’s normal to expect some cues that we are usually accustomed to on Nokia phones given it’s the same manufacturer.

HMD Pulse:

  • It packs a decent 90 Hz refresh rate on a 6.55-inch HD+ touchscreen display.
  • Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Unisoc T606 processor and 4GB of RAM.
  • Comes preloaded with Android 14
  • Has an impressive 5000mAh battery suitable for prolonged usage.
  • Features a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.
  • Priced at an attractive £100, making it accessible to a wide range of consumers.

HMD Pulse+:

The HMD Pulse+ surprisingly shares similar specifications with the HMD Pulse, including the 90 Hz refresh rate and 6.55-inch HD+ display. However, there are a couple of tweaks to suit a specific group of consumers in matters photography.

  • It packs a decent 90 Hz refresh rate on a 6.55-inch HD+ touchscreen display.
  • Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Unisoc T606 processor and 4GB of RAM.
  • Comes preloaded with Android 14
  • Has an impressive 5000mAh battery suitable for prolonged usage.
  • Features a 50-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.

HMD Pulse Pro:

Now this one is touted to be the flagship of the series and HMD tweaked some areas to make sure it was worth it. Since it’s been positioned as the premium offering among the series, it comes with a higher RAM as well as internal storage capacity.

  • Packs a 50-megapixel primary camera and a dual-camera setup for versatile photography options.
  • Offers a sleek design, modern aesthetics, and robust performance, priced competitively at £150.

During the launch event, Sanmeet Singh Kocchar who is the current Vice President of HMD in Africa, Middle East, and Asia (AMEA), noted the company’s commitment to innovation as well as excellence in serving diverse markets. He also added that the Pulse series exemplifies a new era of smartphone sophistication where it combines style, substance, and affordability.

On his part, Joseph Umunakwe who is serving as the General Manager West, East, and Central Africa (WECA), emphasized the company’s dedication to championing creativity while empowering consumers with a focus on repairability as well as consumer preferences in which case the company aims to cater to the evolving needs of the tech-savvy generation.

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