Finnish technology brand, Nokia whose devices and services business was acquired by Microsoft in 2013, is highly rumoured to launch an exclusively branded smartphone once its licensing agreement with the Redmond-based company ends in 2016.
It now looks like this Nokia smartphone will be launched in collaboration with Chinese smartphone brand Meizu.
Rumour has it that Nokia will be working with Meizu to build a new international variant of the latter's MX4 smartphone. This device is said to be codenamed 'Meizu MX4 Supreme.'
The hardware aspects of MX4 Supreme are said to be identical to that of Meizu's current MX4. This handset is also rumoured to feature a 20.7 MP camera, thus hinting at the possibility of Meizu MX4 being a flagship smartphone, rather than an average mid-ranger.
The purported Meizu MX4 is expected to get an international launch as well.
Meizu's current MX4 incorporates the following technical specifications:
- 5.36in display, with 1920 x1152 resolution, enclosed within Gorilla Glass 3
- Meizu Flyme 4.0 operating system
- Octa-core MediaTek 6595 chipset
- 20.7MP rear camera, and a 2Mp front camera
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage variants (out of which, the 16GB and 32GB are currently up for pre-ordering)
- 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity
The tech-specs of the device seem to justify the near £287 ($450) price-tag of the Meizu MX4.
Meizu has also inked a deal with Canonical to develop an open-source version of the MX4 which is said to hit Europe in early 2015.
At the same time, various other rumours hint at a Nokia C1 which is expected to be the Finnish company's first Android smartphone, after the end of the licensing period with Microsoft.
Nokia's C1 is rumoured to run the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) straight out of the box.