Nokia is set to return to the phone scene after a hiatus of two years. Once, Nokia was one of the largest companies in the world: its name was synonymous with the concept of mobile phones in the early days. However, after a series of missteps and bad luck, Nokia was forced to sell to Microsoft. This did not work out and nearly proved to be its death kneel.
Nokia: Beaten but fighting back with new phones
It was bought by HMD and as part of the re-invigoration effort for the company it is set to release a series of phones soon. According to reports, HMD is planning a $500 million investment to market these upcoming Nokia phones and tablets globally for the next three years. This serious commitment will come as welcome news for the millions of people who grew up with Nokia phones and the droves of fans of the once iconic company.
Although it is known what Nokia is getting back in the business, not a lot is known beyond the expected android phones and tablets. It is rumored that the new flagship will be called the C1 and released sometime in late 2016. No official word is out yet.
The new C1
There have been some leaked specifications floating around in the internet. The general consensus is that Nokia is working on two versions of the phone. One with a 5.2-inch screen and the other 5.5 inches. Some pictures released to Nokia blogs suggest a full metal body design, very popular with flagship phones today.
There is a wide range of speculation on the quality of the camera. Most people expect the phones to have at least a 13 MP camera with auto focus. However, some sources have reported that the 5.5 version will sport a 22 MP camera with LED flash in the rear and 5 MP front camera. If so, this will be return to the days when Nokia was the pioneer of cell phone cameras.
2K display resolutions is expected for both models and so are the hallmarks of Nokia; solid build, decent materials, and a nice feel in the hand. Despite its troubles, these are naturally associated with the company. The smaller model might also have 2GB of RAM with 32GB of storage space and a while the larger 5.5in could come with 3GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage. These specs are fairly standard for today’s smartphones. These are set to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor or 1.4 GHz Octa Core.
Other rumored specs include fingerprint scanners, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Gyro Sensor and surprisingly, dual Nano sims.
One of the biggest shock might come when the prices are announced. Tech blogs are alight with the idea that they are going to be priced at only $300-$350 full $450-$500 less than Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
If the price is true and these phones can give the galaxy a run for its money, then we might be soon returning to the days when Nokia dominated the cell phone market. That would be the biggest comeback in tech since Steve Jobs came back to Apple.