Nokia is back and its back with a vengeance. The Finnish company finally launched its first Android-powered smartphone, the Nokia 6, but were expecting to see a lot moreaction this year. While thenewdevices wont be made by Nokia, they will follow the companys design guidelines and will retain the brand name.Nokias Android phones
HMD Global will be manufacturing these devices exclusively. We originally thought there would be up to four new phones in 2017, but rumors suggest there will actually be as many as six or seven. The rumors come from Malaysian distributor Avaxx, whichsaid Nokia will aim to launch phones in all price ranges.
Heres everything we know about Nokias 2017 Android phones so far.
New reports indicate that the Nokia 9 may be HMDs Nokia flagship for the year, and we have a few details about what kind of specs the device might feature under the hood.
Its important to note that there is some confusion about the name previous reports indicated that the Nokia 8 would be the Nokia flagship, however the new reports suggest instead that the Nokia 8 will be close toflagship level, and the Nokia 9 will be the high-powered Nokia device.
The report comes from Nokia Power User, and it notes that the device will offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, along with a hefty 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. The phone will also feature a 22-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 12-megapixel front-facing camera.
Perhaps most interesting is that the Nokia 9 will reportedly offer an Iris scanner, bringing its security features in line with Samsungs new Galaxy S8.
The report also notes that the device will be the first to offer the Nokia OZO audio enhancements, so it should be pretty good in the audio department. Last but not least, the report suggests the phone will have a 5.5-inch QHD display.
To date, speculation around the Nokia 8 has been just that speculation. Now, however, rumors are a little more solid. Thats because a device called the Nokia 8 was just listed on Jingdong, or JD.com, for presale. The listing did not state exactly when the phone would go on sale officially, but it did list a price of 3,188 yuan, which equates to around $463 U.S. It is worth noting, however, that the images listed are very similar toa concept design that was released earlier, suggesting that it could in fact be a fake listing.
New rumors from Nokia Power User directly contradict what we heard in the past. While the Nokia 8 has been rumored to feature a flagship-spec processor like the Snapdragon 821 or Snapdragon 835, new reports indicate that instead it will feature a much more midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.
A YouTuber, however, uploaded footage of alleged Nokia devices powered by Qualcomms Snapdragon 821 and 835. The device was at Qualcomms booth at CES 2017, and the chipset manufacturer reportedly asked people not to take videos or photos of it. The YouTuber, whose account is named Total Tech, didnt comply.
Before we take a look at the video it should be noted that we cant verify this information, and the devices do not have any Nokia branding, so were casting a heavy dose of skepticism here. The YouTuber says Nokia and Qualcomm have been working together on the Snapdragon 835 and the 10 nanometer process for the chip with Samsung for a while, according to inside sources, and Nokia has been their hardware reference provider for the 821 and 835.
Again, we cant verify these insider sources claims, and whether or not Nokia has been in partnership with Qualcomm. Total Tech claims the device in his video is an upcoming device named the Nokia 8.
The video shows the difference in camera stabilization between a Snapdragon 821 processor and the Snapdragon 835. Total Tech says both devices are the Nokia 8 with the two processors the one with the Snapdragon 821 will come with 4GB of RAM, and the Snapdragon 835 variant will have 6GB RAM.
Both allegedly also feature electronic image stabilization, a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, MicroSD card support up to 256GB, 64GB and 128GB internal storage options, dual front-facing speakers, and LED notification lights.
Total Tech also says the Nokia 8 will have a 24-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, as well as a front-facing camera with 12-megapixels its unclear if this applies toboth models.
Whats interesting is the back of the device, which Total Tech briefly shows in the video. Theres a large camera, like the one found on the back of the Lumia 1020 Windows Mobile device. That camera packed 41-megapixels and featured Carl Zeiss optics its quite possible the partnership could come into play again.
Fresh rumors indicate that Nokia is also working on a Nokia 7 handset filling in the gap between the Nokia 6 and the so faronly rumored Nokia 8. According to rumors from Nokia Power User, the Nokia 7 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, and it may feature a 1,080p display and a metallic body.
Thatspretty much all we know about the Nokia 7 at this point but well update this article as we hear more.
The Nokia 6 is the companysfirst Android smartphone, which debuted late last year. It packs some pretty decent specs including 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and the latest version of Android. On top of that, the device boasts a 16MP rear-facing camera, and an 8MP front-facing camera all for only $245.
Unfortunately, its not all good news the device comes with a somewhat disappointing Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, and its only available in China. Evan Blass, also known as @EVleaks, said the company will introduce the Nokia 6 at Mobile World Congress this monthfor a more global audience.
Nokia 5 and Nokia 3
Blass also said Nokias MWC announcement would include three other devices, two of which will be the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3. Dont expect flagship specs, though, as the two Android 7.0 Nougat smartphones will have lesser specs than the Nokia 6 to hit lower price points.
The Nokia 5 is rumored to have a 5.2-inch screen with a 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution, and it will be powered by the same Snapdragon 430 processor but with 2GB of RAM. The rear camera will pack 12 megapixels, but the rest of the specs are expected to match the Nokia 6. Its why the device is rumored to cost only 199 euros, or about $211.
The Nokia 3 will be the runt of the litter and will only cost 149 euros, or $158. Detailed specifications for the device were not mentioned by Blass.
Gear up for Mobile World Congress
In a Facebook post, Nokia Mobile teased the already announced Nokia 6 and said more announcements will come on February 26.That dateis a day before Mobile World Congress begins in Barcelona its usually the day smartphone manufacturers announce their flagship products for the year.
Well have to wait and see what to expect, but if Blass is correct we can expect the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3, as well as the modernized Nokia 3310. Stay tuned.
The Nokia E1 could be on its way
HMD just launched the Nokia 6, but it already looks as though the company is prepping another release. The new E1 was just leaked online,with both specs and photos appearing in a post from Nokia Power User. This could be the rumored Nokia 5 mentioned above, but some of the specs dont match.
Design-wise, the phone looks pretty different from the Nokia 6, taking a much more rectangular approach thats similar to some of Sonys handsets. The only photo we have is blurry, so were looking forward to a slightly more detailed look.
Unfortunately, the leak doesnt show the flagship device were all waiting for from Nokia, but rather a more budget-friendly device. Under the hood, the phone will feature a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 13MP rear-facing camera. It will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
If accurate, we should expect this device to be priced at around $200 or lower thats considering the fact that the Nokia 6 comes in at $245, and features slightly better specs than the E1. While the Nokia 6 is only going on sale in China, its not yet known where the E1 will be launched.
Its highly unlikely the Pixel name will be used on any version actually put on sale, but an unreleased Nokia phone used in a benchmark testhas that name attached. Sadly, its not the most exciting phone weve seen, and definitely occupies the lower end of the smartphone scale.
The Nokia Pixel, as its known here, has a basic dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor inside with 1GB of RAM, resulting in a very ordinary performance test on the Geekbench website. The good news is it has one of the newer versions of Googles operating system,Android 7.0.1, installed. No other specification details are revealed in the test, so the screen size and resolution are a mystery, but dont expect it to challenge the Galaxy S7 on either.
Earlier leaks have detailed more technically impressive phones, indicating that the companywill launch a complete range of smartphones, with models suited to all wallets, and for all markets around the world.
Trusted sources told the publication that the two handsets, one smaller (5.2 inches) and one larger (5.5 inches), have sturdy metal bodies characteristic of Nokias historical designs. And one of their rumored features has the potential to break new smartphone ground. The phones cameras are being described as the most sensitive ever tocome to market, and are reportedly the product of a years-long, $1.35 billion graphene development effort. Another reported innovation is a touch & hover interaction that might, much like Microsofts scrapped McLaren project, use a combination of sensors to respond to finger gestures.
Other highlights include water and dust resistance up to IP68, fingerprint sensors, and OLED displays with QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolutions. In terms of software, the handsets will reportedly sport an improved version of Nokias predictive Z-Launcher a newer version than the beta available in the Google Play app store, apparently atop the very latest version of Android, Android Nougat.
Under the hood, both Nokia Android N powered phones will pack the Snapdragon 820 processor. We dont know details regarding RAM, storage and camera at this point of time, but the leak suggests that sensors on the two phones will be the most sensitive ever and will be based upon Nokias extensive research on wonder material Graphene.
Built by HMD Global, designed by Nokia
It wont be Nokia at the helm of the forthcoming devices development, technically speaking. HMD Global, aFinnish company co-founded by former Nokia executives Arto Nummela and Florian Seiche, acquired the rights to the companys mobile brand from Microsoft in May. HMD has a contract with FIH, a subsidiary of iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, and under a strict licensing partnership, follows Nokias design and hardware guidelines in exchange for access to the companys extensive patent library.
In recent years, the companyhas struggled to gain a foothold in the high-end mobile market. Following the companysadoptionof Microsofts Windows Phone operating system in 2011 and its acquisition by Microsoft in 2014, sales of its handset suffered shipments in 2013 alone were down 22 percent year on year, according to Strategy Analytics.
Following Nokias divestiture from its parent company earlier this year,things havent looked much better. In April, thanks in part to lower-than-expected smartphone shipments, it announced 900 million euros in downsizing measures a plan which in part involved the layoffs of 1,400 staff members in Germany, 1,300 in Finland, and 400 in France.
Despite the Finnish companys woes, though, itssetting its eyes on the future.It teamed up independently with Foxconn to produce the N1, an Android-based tablet. It dipped its toes in virtual reality with the Ozo, a $60,000 professional-grade 360-degree camera.And it acquired French fitness device company Withings last year.
We have been reinventing ourselves for 150 years using this amazing brand, Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokias consumer Nokia Technologies division, told Digital Trends in June. Were starting to focus on peoples happiness and health in a way that wasnt possible before because the technology wasnt possible before. You can expect some really surprising products in the next year or two directly from this company as we turn a new chapter.