The last time you could buy a notebook computer with the Nokia name on it, netbooks were still a thing. But this week a new Nokia laptop goes on sale in India. Sort of.
The Nokia PureBook X14 isn’t actually made by Nokia. Instead, it’s the result of a licensing deal between Nokia and Indian internet retail giant Flipkart that allows the store to use Nokia’s name on products like smart TVs and laptops.
While the name is probably the most noteworthy aspect of the new laptop, it doesn’t look awful on paper. The PureBook X14 is a thin and light notebook with decent hardware and a starting price of ₹59,990, or about $815.
The notebook has a 14 inch, full HD IPS display, an Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake processor processor, 8GB of DDR4 memory, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
It has a magnesium-aluminum alloy body that measures about 0.66 inches thick and which weighs about 2.4 pounds. And the notebook features support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio technology.
Other features include an HD webcam, a backlit keyboard, a Precison trackpad, USB-C, USB-A, and Ethernet ports and an HDMI port.
According to NotebookCheck, the chassis is likely made by Tongfang, a Chinese device manufacturer. So this is a Nokia device in name only. The PureBook X14 is also unlikely to be sold outside of India anytime soon.
The same goes for “Nokia” phones, which is just phones constructed and made in China, to specification and name licensed by Finish/Chinese HMD.
It’s a good looking laptop, I suppose what’s optimized about it to the Indian market is having a wide variety of ports, not its price. Unrelated recent tech related news from the country:
Sources said the employees were angry that the company was not paying the amount that was promised to them at the time of joining. “While an engineering graduate was promised Rs 21,000 per month, his/her salary had reduced to Rs 16,000 and, subsequently, to Rs 12,000 in the recent months. Non-engineering graduates’ monthly salary had reduced to Rs 8,000.
I was excited until I saw that they are running an Intel processor.
What exactly were you expecting? This is a rebadged generic laptop from a chinese manufacturer.
I agree. I would not expect anything else from a generic Indian/Chinese OEM product. But very uninspiring.
Also from $999 (just 149 more) you can get the new MacBook Air with the amazing new fast M1 processor. I know what I would choose.
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