HMD Global Is Preparing 3 New Nokia Phones For A MWC Launch

HMD Global is preparing 4 Nokia phones for a Mobile World Congress launch according to a recent rumor stating that the company would be unveiling new devices at their event. These new phones are said to be the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones plus a modernized version of the Nokia 3310, a classic handset from the days before smartphones. These devices will be shown off together with the Nokia 6, which has already been released into the Chinese market. HMD’s new Nokia branded phones are being positioned for the European market but it is not yet clear when these may be released into the North American market.

The two new Nokia smartphones are expected to offer a lesser specification compared with the mid-range Nokia 6, which is based around a lower end Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset backed up by a healthy 4GB of RAM. There’s a 5.5-inch, 1080p resolution display and a 16-megapixel rear camera. The Nokia 5 will feature a lesser specification as befits a less expensive price tag: HMD are expected to base the Nokia 5 around the same Snapdragon 430 chipset but it will use 2GB of RAM rather than 4GB. It will also have a smaller, lesser display of 5.2-inch and 720p resolution. HMD is also reckoned to have used a different camera, offering a 12-megapixel resolution, but the device will cost €50 less at €199 (approximately $211) rather than the €249 ($264) Nokia 6. The cheaper Nokia 3 is expected to cost €149, or $158, and offers a lesser specification. All three devices are expected to run Android 7.0 Nougat.

Meanwhile, the renewed Nokia 3310 has a price tag of €59, but this is not a smartphone. HMD are expected to have concentrated on the same attributes that helped the original Nokia 3310 sell well: excellent battery life combined with a solid, tough build quality. The Nokia 3310 could be bought by owners of the original device for use as a second handset, or perhaps a vacation device; it is not expected to offer much in the way of features. With HMD’s presentation set for February 26 at 4:30pm, the Finnish company is expected to unveil all of the technical details of the two new Nokia smartphones plus the featurephone Nokia 3310, including release timescales and markets.

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