All We Need To Know About The New Nokia Android Smartphone
HMD has established its first Nokia-branded handset. Regrettably, it will not be accessible outside of China, at least for the time being. However, there is a lot more to come.
In December, we heard official word that new Nokia handsets were in development, and that they’d run on Google’s Android OS. This really is a huge deal because it’s been quite some time since we saw bona fide Nokia mobiles.
Nokia began making portable phones in 1987 and became the best-selling handset brand by 1998. But despite powerful starts, it wasn’t long before Nokia declined. In 2011, after a sales downturn brought on by rivalry from Android as well as the iPhone, Nokia signed its own death warrant by consenting to a pact with Microsoft send all its cellphones on the sickly Windows Phone OS. Nokia eventually quit making mobiles in 2014, selling its company to Microsoft and changing focus to phone network gear.
Microsoft sold mobiles under Nokia’s Lumia brand for some time, but that’s essentially been killed off now – cue the newest Surface Mobile, anticipated 2017. Microsoft’s possession of the Nokia brand permit eventually expired this year, and Finnish company HMD Global took over the rights.
Now, the organization has established its first Nokia handset in China, the Nokia 6. It is set to really go on sale in the nation in early 2017, however, there is no word on whether we’ll see the handset in other marketplaces only yet.
However, there is a lot more to come in terms of Nokia handsets from HMD Global. Regrettably, it’s still early days, so a lot of the real hardware details are a puzzle.
THE PHONES ARE ARRIVING IN EARLY 2017
The first important possibility to establish a mobile, CES 2017, has been and gone, and HMD did not make any enormous statements at the technology summit. Nevertheless, it did establish its Nokia 6 handset by means of a place on the organization’s website on the Sunday following CES, although the mobile is only going to be found in China – at least, initially.
However there is at least one more handset to come, and the next major opportunity is Mobile World Congress, a similar trade show that’s focused on handset technology. That kicks off in Barcelona on February 27 and will certainly be a hotbed of smartphone starts. There’s no reason a new Nokia smartphone couldn’t debut in the show. HMD is said to be working on numerous handsets, so we could see a mobile that will not be limited to China start in February.
Instead, the new Nokia mobiles could get their very own committed start event, avoiding trade shows completely.
BUT THE HANDSETS AREN’T BEING CONSTRUCTED BY NOKIA
It’s really vital that you note that Nokia isn’t really constructing the handsets.
After Microsoft’s possession of the Nokia brand permit expired, new Finland-based business HMD Global Oy secured rights to the brand. HMD has exclusive rights for the following ten years, which suggests no other business will soon have the ability to establish Nokia-branded handsets throughout that point.
On the application front, HMD has partnered up with Google so the brand new phones will run on Android. And although HMD will design the hardware, the real handset will probably be constructed by FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary company of Foxconn – one of the firms that assemble the iPhone.
NOKIA IS STILL QUITE MUCH INVOLVED
Simply because Nokia isn’t constructing the mobiles doesn’t mean it’s not entailed. Nokia is going to have a representative on HMD’s board of members and certainly will establish operation and brand conditions – as per the licensing agreement. Nokia may also receive royalty payments for the usage of its own patents and certainly will let HMD use its research and development properties.
What’ll the new phone be called? Well, we already understand the first, China-only handset is the Nokia 6. But on-line gossips so far seem to indicate there’ll be at least two devices. One is the midrange Nokia 6, while the other – dubbed ‘P1’ – is anticipated to be a high-end main device.
SPECS, AND DESIGN
The recently-launched Nokia 6 comes with midrange hardware, including 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage alongside a microSD card slot, Snapdragon 430 CPU, a 16-megapixel main camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Formerly, HMD CEO Arto Nummela dropped some traces in a recent interview together with the Economic Times of India, saying: “It will soon be superior quality [and a] design that folks will instantly understand as Nokia.”
Nummela included the mobile would be “extremely competitive when it comes to the specifications and cost”, and that specs wouldn’t be a focus, saying: “We’re not going to be emphasizing the megapixels or gigahertz.” That looks like the case with the Nokia 6, though, again, there are not any means to understand what the higher-end mobile will come with.
If we needed to take a figure, however, we’d anticipate a main smartphone launching in the very first half of 2017 to be working Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chipset. But that’s all we can imagine at, for now.
POWERED BY ANDROID
As we mentioned before, HMD Global Oy has teamed up with Google to start the new smartphones with Android. That’s a welcome change from the old Windows Phone-powered Nokia handsets of yore.
HMD’s first phone, the Nokia 6, comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest variant of Google’s mobile operating system. It rolled out this fall, and will probably appear on several of the handset’s debut in the very first half of 2017 – the remaining Nokia cell phone(s) contained.
It is incredibly improbable the higher-end mobile will arrive with anything less than the Nokia 6, so expect to see Nougat on the following mobile from HMD Global.