NOKIA IS REPORTEDLY GEARING UP to make a smartphone comeback with two high-end Android 7.0 Nougat devices.
We already know that Nokia is plotting a return to the mobile market. The company revealed in May that it has signed an exclusive agreement with HMD Global, a new company also based in Finland, to create Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years.
Nokia's comeback might happen in just a few months' time, as NokiaPowerUser has heard that the firm is plotting the launch of two high-end Android 7.0 smartphones at the end of this year, or Q1 2017 if things don't go exactly to plan.
The website's "trusted sources" explained that the two unnamed devices will have premium metal designs complete with IP68 certification, which means they'll be as water resistant as the Galaxy S7.
The report also claimed that the devices will offer "the famous Nokia feel", which we guess points to brightly coloured options.
Expect 5.2in and 5.5in QHD screens, according to the anonymous sources, along with fingerprint scanners and "innovations" in the camera department.
"We hear that sensors on these two smartphones may be the most sensitive ever and will be based on Nokia’s extensive research on wonder material graphene," the report said.
The two smartphones also look set to run Google's Android 7.0 Nougat software, providing features such as split-screen mode, enhanced notifications and improved gaming thanks to support for the Vulkan API.
Nougat will reportedly come topped with Nokia's Z-Launcher software, as seen on the Nokia N1 tablet. Improvements to the skin could bring "elements of touch and hover interaction", hinting that the devices could offer 3D Touch-like technology.
We don't know much else yet, but Gizmodo China reported that the smartphones will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip.
There's no word on prices yet, but Gizmodo's report claimed that the bigger, and presumably more expensive, model will cost around $500 SIM-free. µ
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