There have been whispers that Nokia may be returning to the mobile market for some time. However, it wasn’t until last month that an announcement came about Nokia smartphones as the news that the Finnish company HMD Global will license the brand confirmed it. Since then, all has been a little quiet on the Nokia front, at least until a leak suggested a high-spec Nokia is on the way.
Nokia smartphones at Mobile World Congress?
Early next year, the majority of the mobile world will gather for the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Nokia was once a frequent attendee of this event, often launching new handsets there and leading the world.
A few years after Nokia sold its mobile division to Microsoft and it all went wrong, the press has been alerted/tipped off to the presence of HMD Global at 2017’s event. Seeing as it’s considered to be a smartphone event, will news of new Nokia smartphones be announced?
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Any Nokia smartphones released in the future will run on the Android platform, but it’s not known what HMD’s approach to reviving the brand will be. When Nokia was at the height of its powers, it was the master of feature phones and more practical devices, and it was the appearance of smartphones that triggered its demise in mobile technology. So does HMD dare to enter a market which has proved to be so ruthless in the past?
According to Pocket Lint, it does, as the leak about a new high-spec Nokia smartphone has revealed.
Leak from China
According to recent reports on the well-known and trusted tech site, there could be two new handsets: the mid-range Nokia DiC, and the flagship Nokia P. The latter could sport features which will enable it to take on the best of 2017 for sure. Features and specs of the device and images of its chassis have leaked. If accurate, they would make an amazing proposition, so here’s what the leak suggests.
- QualComm SnapDragon 835 chipset
- 6GB of RAM
- 23-megapixel rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics
- IP68 waterproof and dustproof
- All-metal build
- 5.5-inch display
We have no way of validating the above information, so please take it with a grain of salt. However, what we can confirm is that those who used to love the Nokia brand probably still reminisce about the days when devices like the 3410 ruled and probably will, if this is accurate, give the new Nokia smartphones a try.
The thought of Nokia coming back to life has us a little excited, if not a little pessimistic about the brand’s chances. If it returns to its early-2000s method of churning them out and selling them cheap, it may stand a chance. However, taking on the likes of Samsung, Apple and now Google with its own branded handsets will not be easy.