Ever since Nokia confirmed that it is poised to reenter the smartphone market, rumors pertaining to its impending lineup of handsets that are Android powered have been circling the tech space.
Nokia is reportedly working on an Android handset dubbed the Pixel, which is not to be confused with Nokia D1C. While Nokia will apparently not stick to the Pixel moniker for its upcoming handset on its commercial launch, the fact that such a smartphone is in the pipeline has created quite a stir.
We take a look at the alleged specs, features and release date of the impending Nokia smartphone.
The Nokia Pixel will reportedly sport a 5.2-inch or a 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display. The 2K display suggests that the smartphone could be a mid-range to top-end offering. The Nokia smartphone will also sport a metal body, putting it in the same league as the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7. Leaks on Weibo have pointed to the handset housing a Snapdragon 820 processor, which seems a tad dated considering impending 2017 handsets will potentially house the newer and faster Snapdragon 839 CPU.
However, a listing on Geekbench for a mysterious "Pixel" phone from Nokia hints at a Snapdragon 200 CPU powering the handset. The listing also pointed to the device housing 1 GB of RAM and the processor is going to be a dual-core one, clocking at 1.19 GHz.
The memory of the Nokia Pixel is also contradicted by leaks as some point to the handset packing in 3 GB of RAM and not 1 GB.
The Nokia smartphone is also anticipated to house a 13-megapixel primary camera, as well as an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper. It will be available in a 32 GB on-board storage option, but whether it will offer an expandable memory option is not known.
The handset is expected to come with the latest Android 7.0.1 Nougat out of the box.
The Nokia Pixel is said to be waterproof and will offer support for Quick Charge 3.0. Nokia is also believed to take cues from its Lumia lineup and, therefore, the new Pixel handset is anticipated to tout the latest Carl Zeiss lens to boost the device's camera capabilities.
Whether the Pixel will house an iris scanner is circumspect, but we are hoping to see a fingerprint scanner at the very least. Nokia could also offer wireless charging support to lure consumers.
HMD Global, which is the company behind Finland-based Nokia's reentry, has confirmed its participation at the Mobile World Congress 2017. This suggests that it intends to unveil new Nokia smartphones (manufactured by Foxconn) at the trade show, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 27 to March 2, 2017.
Therefore, we can expect the Nokia Pixel to debut in early February 2017, followed by its release in the coming months. The Nokia Pixel will possibly be joined by the Nokia D1C, which has leaked online on several occasions.