After a couple of years on the sidelines, Nokia is heading back to the smartphone market, or more precisely – the Nokia brand is. While Nokia never really excelled in the modern smartphone industry, its brand is still one of the most well-known in the world, which is why Foxconn decided to purchase the old phone business from Microsoft for $350 million earlier this year. Following that acquisition, the Chinese tech giant founded HMD Global Oy, a Finnish company established to help FIH Mobile design, manufacture, and distribute new Android-powered Nokia devices. While many rumors regarding these upcoming devices have been circulating the industry for months, no official details are likely to be revealed before late February, when the Mobile World Congress 2017 is scheduled to start.
However, that isn’t to say we’re completely in the dark regarding upcoming Nokia phones. As it turns out, one such device just surfaced on Geekbench. The test in question was performed on November 12th and refers to the phone as the Nokia Pixel, which probably won’t be the official name of this smartphone. In any case, Nokia’s new piece of hardware scored 404 on the single-core test and managed to achieve a 661 multi-core score. The Geekbench listing reveals that the device in question is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 system-on-chip which boasts a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.19 GHz complemented with the Adreno 302 GPU, as well as 1 GB of RAM. In other words, this is a low-end, entry-level Android phone, most likely designed for emerging markets. Despite that, the Nokia Pixel tested by Geekbench was running Android 7.0.1 Nougat. It’s also worth noting that the leaked phone boasts Quick Charge 3.0, seeing as the Snapdragon 200 was spotted onboard.
While entry-level devices probably won’t excite many people browsing Android tech sites, keep in mind that the Nokia Pixel is probably just a small part of what HMD Global has in store for us next year. The Finnish company will certainly be releasing at least one mid-range and one flagship device over the course of 2017, the former of which is rumored to be sporting the Snapdragon 430 and 3 GB of RAM. As the new Nokia owner also hired Mother, the largest independent marketing agency in the United Kingdom to market the upcoming Android smartphones, so we should expect to see a lot of Nokia-branded advertising next year.