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Nokia is back with its new Android-powered smart phones

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Nokia comes back with a vengeance

Nokia, once the most ubiquitous brand in the Indian mobile phone market, was almost pushed out by giants like Samsung, followed by the home grown Micromax. In quick succession a flurry of low-cost, feature-rich phones from umpteen brands invaded the market that further damaged Nokia’s prospects, so much so that the company had to take downsizing measures including laying off a sizable staff in several countries even as its exports fell year-on-year.

It was only recently that after a long hiatus the Finnish brand made some news following the reintroduction of the iconic 3310. One major reason for Nokia losing out in the game worldwide was its lack of the more popular android platform, as its OS was based on Windows, which aficionados felt fell short on the number of apps it offered. Perhaps to plug that shortcoming Nokia is reinventing itself with a series of offerings like Nokia 3, 5, 7, 8 and now the latest Nokia 9.

Fervent speculations are only picking force as leaked and suspected images of the new offerings are doing the rounds on various websites, giving a peek-a-boo sneak peek into what could be a game changer for the company. The best part of the whole game is Nokia would be finally shifting to the android platform, and also probably use the latest version of that, at least in the 9 model, if it finally makes it to the stores.

 HDM Global – found by some former Nokia employees— will be manufacturing these devices exclusively for Nokia.  It is being assumed that Nokia 9 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip running on Android 7.1.1. We will likely have a 5.3-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display, 64GB of storage, and 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The phone will sport a 13MP rear camera, though some speculations say the camera might be of 22MP, with 12MP at the front as Nokia is trying to project this new model as its flagship offering.

 It is also presumed that the design would have semblance with LG’s G6, with its edge-to-edge display and an 18:9 aspect ratio, along with slightly rounded corners. That’s all the rundown of the specs we have with us. Though there is no specific launch date announced, it is possible that at least the Nokia 8 will see the light of day in June alongside the lesser siblings like Nokia 3 and Nokia 5.

 The price of the Nokia 8 and 9 is expected to be in the range of Rs 20,000 to 25,000 in the Indian market. Grapevine also has it that the company is also lining up the Nokia 7, which will feature a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, with a 1080p display and a metallic body. On the lower end of the spectrum are the Nokia 5 and 6 models, which might come with a price tag of around Rs 10,000. These models will have 430 snapdragon processors and lesser resolution, though 13 MP cameras are certain. The runt of the litter Nokia 3 will be the cheapest smart phone settling for no more than Rs 8,000.

Diptiman Chakraborty


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