Quite possibly. There is some talk that HMD Global, the Finnish company that completed the acquisition of the Nokia brand from Microsoft back in May earlier this year, is in the process of developing a couple of smartphones powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system. The two Android devices are said to feature a metallic unibody design as well as retain the Nokia look, according to the blog NokiaPowerUser, which cited several trusted sources.
The two upcoming Android handsets will feature Android 7.0 Nougat, the soon to be released latest version of the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. Other potential features include a fingerprint reader and an ultra sensitive camera sensor. According to NokiaPowerUser’s sources, the camera sensor of the upcoming devices may be the most sensitive one ever fitted on a Nokia branded mobile device, and based on what Nokia has done with Graphene material, this is pretty likely.
Everybody is quite familiar with the history of Nokia. Once a global powerhouse in the mobile phone industry, Nokia has seen its popularity decrease to make way for the Samsungs and Apples of the world. In 2013, Microsoft had acquired Nokia’s Windows Phone handset in a bid to enter into the smartphone business, but the move never really took off the way Microsoft wanted it to.
But now that HMD Global is taking the Nokia brand and allowing it to be powered by Android, Nokia has a decent chance of making a comeback. As reported by NokiaPowerUser, the two new Nokia smartphones are said to have water and dust resistant capabilities. The smaller of the two devices would come with a 5.2 inch display screen, while the bigger sibling will be equipped with a 5.5 inch display screen, essentially putting itself in the category of phablets. Although there is no confirmed details yet regarding the resolution of the display screen, NokiaPowerUser has stated that there is a good possibility that it will be QHD (2,560 by 1,440 pixels).
It is also quite possible that the two handsets will feature an enhanced version of Nokia’s own Z Launcher interface, which has the ability to try to learn how people use their devices and then adapts itself to the user’s habits and preferences.
Since we are already into the second half of the year, it is also possible that the two Android Nokia devices will be released in the early part of next year, instead of sometime later in 2016. Still, this should generate some excitement among Nokia’s loyal and nostalgic fans.
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