Nokia is reportedly planning for a comeback to the smartphone market with two new smartphones powered by Google's latest Android Nougat operating system version 7.0. The handsets are expected towards the end of 2016 or might be pushed to a later date sometime in the first quarter of next year, which is depending on the testing and development.
In June 2015 Nokia's chief executive officer Rajiv Suri revealed the company is planning to re-enter the mobile phone market in 2016 and it was looking for suitable partners. At the Mobile World Congress convention this year, Suri said the company is aiming at a premium device with its return to the mobile business without providing further detail about the device.
Now details shared by NokiaPowerUser, quoting its trusted sources, suggest the devices are currently in their prototype phase. Both devices belong to high-end category featuring premium metallic design, while delivering the famous Nokia feel seen on company's other devices.
Both the devices are expected to be water and dust-resistant with IP68 rating, like Samsung's new Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and S7 Active devices. What's more? Nokia's phone will stuff all the Android Nougat goodies.
The devices are like to come in two different screen sizes: the smaller variant with 5.2in screen and a bigger one with 5.5in screen. Expect the phones to feature OLED screens with QHD resolution.
Nokia is said to be secretly working to improve its Z Launcher user interface that comes with company's Android tablet, dubbed Nokia N1. The UI might have features like touch and hover interaction. Another key element is a fingerprint scanner. The smartphones might come with sensors that are most sensitive ever and based on Nokia's wonder material graphene.
In 2013 Nokia announced that it has received a $1.35bn (£1.03bn) grant from the European Union for the research and development of graphene.