Expect two new Nokia flagships

UPDATE: More details have emerged about Nokia's next two smartphones

It looks like there will be two Nokia phones to look out for next year at the Mobile World Congress.

One is likely to be Nokia's latest flagship, with a high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset with a hefty 6GB of RAM. Besides the flagship-worthy base specs, there will likely be a 23MP rear shooter fitted with Carl Zeiss lens. The latest rumour is that Google is assisting with this particular phone, so the Android customisation on this phone should be interesting. As of press time, the model number is yet to be known.

The other phone, the Nokia C1 will also have a Snapdragon 835 but will have 4GB of RAM instead but feature a more interesting camera setup: think dual lens, with 16MP and 12MP shooters, triple-LED flash, laser autofocus and Nokia's distinctive xenon flash. There'll also be a hefty 3210mAh battery as well as storage options of 32, 64 and 128GB.

Bear in mind, these are all just rumours for the moment and we'll likely know more once MWC in Barcelona comes around. And of course, we will keep you updated.

[Source: GSMArena]



Hello, Android

Nokia's already announced it's going to get back to making smartphones, but the question has always been when?

Details have leaked of the company making a more active comeback as soon as the upcoming months.

Nokia has pretty much confirmed its return to the smartphone arena, though things will be slightly different this time with it not making the phones but instead collaborating with Finnish company HMD Global as well as Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn.

With Nokia providing the patents, HMD will develop, market and sell the phones with Foxconn concentrating on the manufacturing and R&D aspects. The agreement the collaboration is built on will run for ten years, after which it will be up for renewal.

As for the first Nokia phone that is set to be launched it will apparently be named the Nokia D1C, with two display options: 5.2in and 5.5in, incorporating a 2K AMOLED display. As for processor, rumours are that it will run a Snapdragon 430 and come with 3GB of RAM as well as 32GB of storage. It will also run on Android Nougat and has a water/dust resistance rating of IP68, which means it can withstand a mild dunking of up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.

Mobile World Congress next year should also be interesting as Nokia's CEO is going to be one of the event's keynote speakers. We'll see then if Nokia's plans are ambitious or at least exciting enough to compete in the already crowded smartphone market.

Who knows, the once king of the smartphone arena might just surprise us yet.


UPDATE 2/12/2016: The Nokia brand is now oficially licensed to HMD Global, headed by former Nokia execs after licensing the brand from Microsoft and signing deals with Google and Foxconn.

If all goes as planned, the first Nokia smartphone will appear as early as early next year and CEO Arto Nummella has said the company plans to be "one of the  key competitive players in the smartphone business".

HMD already has offices in 40 locations worldwide, giving it a pretty good reach. Nokia itself will not be involved directly with the phones, besides getting paid royalties for the brand and patents.

Despite falling sales of feature phones, Nokia still sees potential in that market and is unlikely to abandon the segment where its name is still on at least a tenth of the feature phones worldwide.

Looks like next year will be an exciting year for smartphones and returning brands.

[Source: Reuters]