Nokia recently confirmed that it will reenter the smartphone market in 2017, and now details of its upcoming handset have leaked. The device will reportedly feature a waterproof metal body, 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch Quad HD displays and high-end Carl Zeiss optics.
After watching Apple and Google enter the mobile market and quickly capture market share from the top smartphone maker at the time, BlackBerry, Microsoft put a plan into motion that would allow it to quickly make a larger splash in the smartphone pool.
Nokia Sells Smartphone Division To Microsoft
Microsoft acquired Nokia's phone division in 2014 for $7.2 billion and released several smartphones, including the Lumia 1525, Lumia 930 and Lumia 630, which were all powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. The Lumia lineup never amounted to the kind of market share Microsoft was hoping for, and the experiment reportedly cost the company $8 billion.
Nokia Confirms It Will Reenter Smartphone Market in 2017 With New Android Handsets
After a long absence, Nokia is about to reenter the smartphone game and recently confirmed it would release new Android- based smartphones in 2017. The handsets are expected to be unveiled at MWC 2017, which kicks off on Feb. 27. 2017. Renders of one of the handsets leaked in early November, and a new report reveals some of the specs expected in the 2017 flagship Nokia smartphone.
New Flagship Nokia Smartphone Specs And Details Leak
The screenshot above was captured on Weibo and shows what are supposedly the specs of the upcoming Nokia smartphone. It will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is a little outdated for a flagship device expected to be released in 2017. The smartphone will include a 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display, and like the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7, the device will supposedly feature a metal body that's also waterproof. The tipster claims the smartphone's rear camera will pack in high-end Carl Zeiss optics, although there's no mention of megapixels.
While the version of Android the smartphone will be running wasn't listed, it's safe to bet the handset will be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, as a mid-range device codenamed Nokia D1C was spotted on Geekbench in early October with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
Nokia isn't actually building its new smartphones, rather its new parent company, HMD Global, will design the devices, and Foxconn will manufacture the handsets. Nokia will oversee smartphone production, act as a patent owner and provide the Nokia branding according to reports.
As always, it's best to take reports of upcoming and unannounced smartphones with a grain of salt for now. We'll be keeping an eye on any new details regarding Nokia's 2017 smartphones and report back.