When Microsoft bought the Nokia handset business, one of the terms of the deal was that Nokia cannot manufacturer or sell handsets wearing the Nokia branding until 2016. We have seen Nokia working on unannounced handsets, such as the Nokia 1100, but these cannot be released until 2016 and are almost certainly not production models. However, the terms of the Microsoft deal do not prevent Nokia from supplying technology for another business to be essentially rebranded. And now, Chinese leakster Ubunto Team has released an interesting post on Weibo that discusses plans for a "supreme 'phone" for prolific smartphone company, Meizu with obvious links to Nokia. Indeed, Nokia are believed to be supplying the hardware and perhaps even the software for the new device with the Nokia 1030 mentioned.
The Nokia 1030 is a rumored Windows 10 smartphone and the follow up to the Nokia 1020, a PureView Nokia device based around Windows Phone 8 and a 41MP rear camera. The rumored Nokia 1030 is reckoned to be based around a 50MP PureView camera including four times optical zoom, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or 801, 32-bit, quad core processor paired up to 2 GB of RAM and a 5.0-inch 1080p resolution AMOLED screen, but these are rumored specifications and the 1030 may be closer to the Nokia 1020. It's possible that any link with Meizu and Nokia could use a different handset, or perhaps using other Nokia components.
If Meizu are to use Nokia design and components, and essentially badge engineer the hardware, it will be interesting to see what software the new device runs. Nokia have used Windows Phone for several years, but their recent tablet runs a near-stock Android experience over a 64-bit, quad core Intel Atom processor and has sold very well. Nokia PureView components and Android software would make for an interesting and exciting proposition. As regards the hardware running the show, Windows Phone is a somewhat lighter operating system compared with Android but either would perform admirably over a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB RAM device. If this rumor is accurate, the Nokia 1030 would have mid-range hardware specifications and a superb PureView camera. It could make the device a compact camera replacement. Have you tried a Nokia PureView camera? If so, what did you think? Would you be interested in a rebranded Nokia 1030 device, perhaps running mid range components apart from the camera? Let us know in the comments below.