Nokia’s return to the mobile space is happening end of 2016 with the leaked Nokia C1
Last month saw the announcement that the Nokia name would be returning to the world of smartphones. The historic company will be licensing the brand name to a new Finnish company (HMD Global Oy) which will partner with Nokia Technologies and a new Foxconn subsidiary (FIH Mobile Ltd) to “collaborate on a global business partnership to sell Nokia-branded mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets.”
According to the latest rumours, two Nokia-branded Android phones made by Finland’s HMD Global might be soon making their way to the market. The leaks suggest that the 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch phones will sport 2K resolution (QHD) displays and will come with IP68 certification, which effectively means they will be highly resistant to water and dust on the similar lines to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7.
Nokia was the world’s top mobile maker before it was dethroned by Apple and Samsung.
Nokia Confirms At Least Three Phones -Two Flagships
BG NEWS: Nokia Android Phone launch date will be dependent on testing and development of the phones and might move to first quarter of 2017. Of the three phones coming, two will be “flagship” handsets, meaning high-end specs and high-end features. As of right now the two flagships are rumoured to feature: 5.2 and 5.5-inch QHD OLED displays, Snapdragon 820 processors, 22.6MP graphene cameras, metal construction, water and dust resistance, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
That said, it certainly looks the business, as we’re used to seeing very polished designs from Nokia. It appears to have a very thin metal body and a coloured glass or polycarbonate back panel. It also adds that the phones might also pack fingerprint scanners, and will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It says that “the sensors on these two smartphones may be most sensitive ever and will be based upon Nokia’s extensive research on wonder material graphene.”, however there is something a bit iPhone-like about the design that’s sure to generate a few raised eyebrows.
As for the software, it’s going to be Android-based, although we’d expect it won’t get away clean and will likely have Nokia UI stuff put on top. There’s also going to be Windows 10 variants in select markets, allegedly.
For posterity, here’s the quote from NPU’s source:
- Display: 5 inches, Full HD / 5.5 inches Full HD
- Platform: Android and (Windows 10 in selected markets)
- Memory: 32 GB, 2 GB RAM or 64 GB, 3GB RAM
- Camera: 8 MP and 5 MP / 13 MP and 5 MP