Nokia, the name that can undoubtedly be considered as the unofficial synonym of cell phones is now back in the cell phone market.

A brand that is not only the oldest in the smartphone realm being founded in 1865 in Finland as a paper mill, yeah it has its HQ in Finland not China like most of you thought of back in school days, but also happens to be the global leader in market share till early 2000 with a whopping 49.4% which is a unprecedented figure till date.

So before I dig in deep to what Nokia is doing right now and what all models are rolling out or are about to roll out let’s just take a look at this brand in retrospect.

Nokia in its early days and till its downfall starting in 2007 was famous for its reliability & stability. The brand made cell phones that were so robust that even today you can see it ruling the meme world! Jokes apart the fact that Nokia 3310, the black and white cell phone, sold 126 million units worldwide creating a World Record that is yet to be broken.

The brand made its presence so strong that I’m sure half of the people reading this article right now owned a Nokia phone atleast once in their life time not to mention being their first ever cell phone!

Now that I’ve given you a flashback and made sure the signature ‘Nokia Tune’ rings in loop at the back of your head with your fingers itching to play the legendary Snake game yet again let’s proceed further and get back to the present.

The Rise of the Phoenix

After selling its Devices and Services division to Microsoft in 2014 as the company ran into huge losses due to its inability to adapt to the ever-growing market’s demand Nokia is back with its new partner HMD Global.

Their new, revamped and Android powered range of smartphones begins with the Nokia 6 which officially launched in China last month with its pre-registration crossing over 1 million units & hence it Sold Out within a minute’s time!

As of now we don’t have much information upon what the models will be that Nokia plans to launch in 2017 but below I’ll be trying to join all the dots and bring you everything down in one piece so as to give you a glimpse into the future of this iconic brand. Please note that apart from Nokia 6 all other phone’s specifications are rumored and not yet officially confirmed.

 1   Nokia 6

The first of the new era for Nokia comes in the form of a dual-sim 5.5′ smartphone called the Nokia 6 which is powered by a 1.1Ghz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, Adreno 505 graphic processor (GPU) and 4GB RAM running on Android Nougat OS.

Nokia 6 has a metallic body of aluminium 6000 series which feels great in hand & is already a blockbuster hit in China hopefully coming in to India by February end. Other specifications are bang on target and we can expect it to cost around Rs 16,800 in India giving it a budget segment smarphone tag.

Display – 5.5′ Full HD

RAM – 4GB

ROM – 64GB + MicroSD Card Supported

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core

Camera – Rear 16MP, Front 8MP

Battery – 3000mAh

OS – Android Nougat 7.0

Price (Expected) – Rs 16,800

Launch Date – Launched in China, Coming Soon to India by February End

 

 2   Nokia 8

Bound to debut at WMC 2017 this is anticipated as the flagship smartphone from Nokia and will have two variants both being dual-sim editions with one having the below mentioned specifications along with a Adreno 540 GPU and the other having a Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB RAM any information on the camera front is still awaited.

Interestingly, the device reportedly runs a tweaked version of Android 7.0 Nougat, with the spec sheet noting a ‘Android FIH Edition’. There’s also a 12MP rear camera that is able to capture UltraHD 4K video, and comes with autofocus and touch focus features, twinned with a 12MP front lens with the same capability.

If the rumors are to be true then this could be a very competent phone in the premium segment.

Display – 5.7′ QHD (1440×2560)

RAM – 6GB

ROM – 64GB/128GB + MicroSD Card Supported

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Camera – Rear 24MP, Front 12MP

Battery – 3300mAh

OS – Android Nougat 7.0

Price (Expected) – Rs 29,999

Launch Date – 25 March 2017

 

 3   Nokia Heart

Nokia plans to debut in the lower budget segment or the sub $150 with its Nokia Heart. The phone rocked up in a set of benchmark results on the GFXBench database and clearly is a downgraded version of the already launched Nokia 6.

This segment is dominated by Samsung and Redmi phones so what’s the fate of Nokia Heart would be an interesting showdown to look out for.

Display – 5.2′ HD

RAM – 2GB

ROM – 16GB+ MicroSD Card Supported

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430

Camera – Rear 12MP, Front 8MP

Battery – Not Revealed

OS – Android Nougat 7.0

Price (Expected) – Rs 12,500

Launch Date – March 2017

 

 4   Nokia P1

Nokia P1 is expected to be a premium segment smartphone with top of the line features. The Cornering Gorilla Glass 3 on the screen will make it scratch proof and on the inside it’ll be driven by a very powerful Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM.

Two variants are expected to roll out with slightly different screen sizes and features but the top model will be coming out first.

Display – 5′ and 5.5′ 2K Display

RAM – 6GB

ROM – 256GB

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Camera – Rear 22.6MP, Front 5MP

Battery – 3500mAh

OS – Android Nougat 7.0

Price (Expected) – Rs 45,000

Launch Date – February 2017

 5   Nokia E1

A metallic unibody design with a near edge to edge screen is what we are expecting from the Nokia E1 making it a crossover between a Nokia E series phone and a present gen HTC Smartphone.

Not much is out about this phone but a great camera and comfortable screen size is confirmed as of now and we can expect this phone to hit the market by the second half of 2017.

Display – 5.2′ or 5.3′ Full HD

RAM – 4GB

ROM – 16GB+ MicroSD Card Supported

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 652

Camera – Rear 20MP, Front 5MP

Battery – 2800mAh

OS – Android Nougat 7.0

Price (Expected) – Rs 20,000

Launch Date – Second Half 2017

 

 6   Nokia D1C

D1C will mark the return of Nokia back in the entry level smartphone market. The phone is rumored to launch in the second half of 2017 with two variants out of with the first one is named the D1C whereas the second one’s name is yet to be out.

The Nokia D1C will be priced at around $150 for 2GB RAM and $200 for the 3GB RAM model.

Display – 5′ HD and 5.5′ Full HD

RAM – 2GB and 3GB

ROM – 16GB and 32GB + MicroSD Card Supported

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430

Camera – Rear 16MP, Front 13MP

Battery – Not Revealed

OS – Android Nougat 7.0

Price (Expected) – Rs 10,000 and Rs 18,000

Launch Date – Second Half 2017

 

The Future is Now!

So this is what we know so far from Nokia and its upcoming smartphone range though phablets and tablets are on the card but news about them are more tilted towards a bunch of mumbo jumbos rather than solid facts!

Nokia in 2016 even acquired health tech firm Withings and this is a solid indication that we can surely see some healthcare products including fitness bands to be rolling out as well by the end of 2017 giving their whole portable device line-up a more wholesome appeal much like its top competitor Apple & Samsung!

Nokia even talks about “expanded VR leadership” for 2017 so it won’t be a daring guess that they’ll be coming up with VR Headsets aswell to support their smartphone lineup thus being the second one so far to have dedicated VR Headsets for cell phones after Samsung.

But the best part is that our favorite Nokia is coming back and its official so most of you out there, including me, can re-live the old days when holding a Nokia in hand was more of a self satisfaction than a mere show off.

As a ripple effect do expect some innovation from the top brands in terms of pricing as well as features so it’ll be a win-win situation for us customers, Hurrey to that!

With that being said I’ll leave you guys here with some information and a lot of nostalgia to feed your imaginations as to what this second inning from Nokia will hold for us.  One thing is certain, Nokia is coming back and its coming back with a bang!

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