This is Nokia’s plan for its grand comeback at MWC 2017
MWC or Mobile World Congress is a public forum for every phone maker to outline their plans for the year ahead with launches and announcements. But for all practical reasons, this year’s MWC is all about
Ever since the first leak of an Android Nougat phone carrying Nokia’s branding surfaced online, smartphone enthusiasts have been on an overdrive looking at every nook and corner for more information. That resulted in a new leak about Nokia’s comeback plans every other day, from the giant-sized D1C which was first presumed to be a tablet, to the budget range Nokia E1. Nokia even went ahead and released the
And now that we inch closer to liftoff from the launchpad that is MWC, the dust is settling and things are getting a little clearer. According to VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, Nokia is going to launch three phones at MWC this year, along with a refresher of the Nokia 3310, the feature phone launched way back in 2000 which put Nokia on the map.
HMD Global will hold an event on February 26th, on the sidelines of MWC and launch the
The Nokia 5 aka The Nokia Heart
The Nokia 5 is the Nokia Heart we have been hearing about from the multiple leaks. It was first spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench revealing the phone may have a 5.2-inch 720p IPS LCD display and might be powered by the Snapdragon 430 coupled with 2GB of RAM. On the rear, it might have a 13-megapixel shooter while an 8-megapixel front snapper might be there for selfies along with 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded to 128GB via a microSD card. The rear camera may feature autofocus, face-detection, HDR and full HD video recording. It will also reportedly run Android 7.0 Nougat with Nokia’s own skin on top.
The Nokia 3 aka The Nokia E1
The Nokia 3 is the Nokia E1 that was doing the rumour rounds all this while. It is the budget offering from Espoo which might be powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB of RAM with either a 5.2-inch or 5.3-inch HD display on top. It may feature a 13-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for self-portrait shenanigans, along with 16GB of onboard storage. For a budget offering, the specs are perfectly lined up with the rest of the competition. This one too will come running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The Global variant of the Nokia 6
HMD Global has already tested waters with the Nokia 6 in China and received the grand welcoming Nokia deserved. The phone is more in the mid-range category sporting a full HD IPS LCD panel with the Snapdragon 430 under the hood coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For optics, it has a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and 1.0um pixel size and dual LED flash. An 8-megapixel camera dons the front fascia. On top of that, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and feature Dolby Atmos audio.
Nokia 3310 with a modern revamp
Yet, the most interesting of all the phones that HMD will launch at the end of this month is the refreshed Nokia 3310. The phone launched back in the dawn of the millennium, was one of the most popular feature phones back then known for its sturdy build and insane battery life. Also for games like Snake and Space Impact. The refreshed model will resurrect the phone for the modern times. It is also expected the phone will be priced dirt cheap, perfect for countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and India where feature phones are still a hit among the lower tier of the demographic.
Saving the best for last
Also based on Evan Blass’ forecasting, it is becoming clear that the flagship Nokia P1 might not see the light of the day at MWC in Barcelona at the end of this month. Nokia may be keeping the best for last. The Nokia P1 is rumoured to come with a 2K display and powered by the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s 10nm flagship processor. However, since the processor is manufactured using Samsung’s 10nm foundries, Samsung has called first dibs on using the processor on its upcoming Galaxy S8. According to reports, it is only after the processor debuts with Samsung’s flagships, can other phonemakers use it on their devices. This was the reason why the LG G6 (also launching at MWC) is coming with the Snapdragon 821 and the HTC U Ultra launched with the Snapdragon 835 starkly absent. Nokia may just be waiting for the dust to settle and then moving for the kill.