Nokia ‘to launch new Android smartphones’

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News that Nokia is set to launch at least two new smartphones powered by Android has been leaked.

Phone Arena has predicted that the devices will be ready to purchase by the end of the year.

Nokia has a long history of manufacturing mobile phones, but in 2014, the firm sold its Devices and Services division to Microsoft. The new range of smartphones will be the first produced by Nokia not to operate on the Windows system since 2014.

As a brand, Nokia was unable to withstand the challenge by Apple and Samsung, who have so far dominated the smartphone market.

Richard Goodwin, of Know Your Mobile, has reported that one of Nokia’s executives has said that three devices will be produced, of which two will be flagship models, whilst the third will be a mid-range offering.

It is currently thought that the two flagship phones will feature 5.2 and 5.5-inch QHD OLED displays, Snapdragon 820 processors, 22.6MP graphene cameras, water resistance, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

Chinese news outlet The Paper has reported that Nokia China president Mike Wang has confirmed that a tablet will be produced alongside the smartphones.

GizmoChina has said that the flagship models will be available in the country for about $500 (£375) but how they will be priced elsewhere remains to be seen.

Goodwin highlighted that Nokia was the first firm to “really popularise the camera phone format” so it is hoped by a number of industry experts that the new devices will innovate the feature again.

AnandTech pointed to the upcoming roll-out of 5G as a field that Nokia can truly shine in after developing its new smartphones, considering its previous contributions to the technology.

Indeed, Nokia has announced it is to introduce 4.5G Pro, an advanced mobile technology that intends to deliver the significant capacity and speed enhancements needed by operators as they begin building next-generation networks.

The firm has also outlined its plans for 4.9G, which should allow users to maintain a continuous 5G service experience using an evolved LTE to complement 5G radio coverage.