Nokia has finally announced its first 2017 Android phone, the China-only Nokia 6, which marks its return to the mainstream mobile market. Fortunately there are more new Nokia Android phones to come that will also be sold in other regions, and this Nokia 6 is merely a taster. Here's what you need to know about the Nokia Android phone release date, price and specifications.
At MWC 2017 Nokia will show off four phones: the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, plus a modern version of the Nokia 3310 feature phone. You can read more about each of these phones below.
Latest update: Concept Creator has been at it again, this time creating a concept video of what we can expect from the upcoming refresh to the Nokia 3. Jump straight to this video.
But isn't Nokia dead?
Once the biggest and best-known mobile phone manufacturer, following some tough competition from iPhone and Android Nokia in 2011 made the fatal mistake of agreeing to produce only Windows phones. In 2014 it packed up its mobile phone game and sold its business to Microsoft. Fast-forward to 2017, and with Android onboard, this could be the Nokia comeback we've been waiting for.
It's still not quite Nokia as we know it, since Finnish brand HMD Global currently owns the rights to develop, build and sell Nokia-branded phones - although it does so with Nokia's input.
New Nokia Android phones UK release date rumours: When are the new Nokia Android phones coming out?
We already knew Nokia was planning to announce new Android phones at MWC 2017, but it has now confirmed that a special presentation will take place on Sunday 26 February at 4.30pm local time. Nokia invites journalists to "hear about the next exciting chapter in the Nokia consumer story". It will be on this date that it announces new Nokia Android phones, with the devices going on sale shortly after.
Most likely to be announced at MWC are the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, with the already announced Nokia 6 also on show (that phone went on sale in China on 19 January, but is rumoured to be launching elsewhere including Taiwan). These will be budget Android phones, while the rumoured Nokia flagship will arrive later in the year. (Since it is said to be running the Snapdragon 835 processor, it cannot launch before the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is expected to go on sale 21 April.)
There's also likely to be an update to the Nokia 3310, though this will be a feature- rather than smartphone and may not be running Android.
New Nokia Android phones UK price: How much are the new Nokia Android phones?
The new Nokia Android phones we are expecting to see at MWC 2017 are all going to be budget models. According to Evan Blass at VentureBeat, both the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 are slimmed down versions of the Nokia 6 and will be priced accordingly.
Blass says the Nokia 6 retails for €249 so we can expect the Nokia 5 at €199 and Nokia 3 at €149. Translated to Sterling that's around £212, £169 and £126 respectively.
The forthcoming Nokia 3310 throwback should retail at €59/£50.
New Nokia Android phones specification rumours: What to expect from new Nokia Android phones
Many different names have been thrown around for the upcoming Nokia Android phones, many of which are likely to be codenames, of course. The Nokia 6 is the only handset to have been confirmed so far, so we'll look at what it offers and then move on to the other rumoured Nokia Android phones.
The Nokia 6 is a unibody Android Nougat phone crafted from a single block of Series 6000 aluminium. This is paired with a 5.5in full-HD laminated in-cell display with protective 2.5D Gorilla Glass.
Inside HMD has fitted the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, along with the Adreno 505 GPU, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery.
The company draws particular attention to the Nokia 6's multimedia functionality, quoting dual amplifiers that deliver a 6dB louder sound than a regular amp, giving higher voice, deeper bass and unmatched clarity, and Dolby Atmos that creates powerful, moving audio that seems to flow all around users.
There's also a 16Mp, f/2.0 primary camera with phase-detection autofocus, and an 8Mp selfie camera.
The decision to launch the Nokia 6 only in China is "a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world. With over 552 million smartphone users in China in 2016, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 593 million users by 2017, it is a strategically important market where premium design and quality is highly valued by consumers," said HMD.
HMD is said to have denied any rumours that a white version of the Nokia 6 is incoming.
Nokia 5 rumours | Nokia Heart rumours
Another Android 7.0 Nougat phone, the Nokia 5 is thought to use the same Snapdragon 430 CPU as the Nokia 6, but offer just half the RAM at 4GB and an inferior 12Mp camera. The display will also be reduced from 5.5in full-HD to 5.2in HD.
This is most likely the phone known as the Nokia Heart, which has been spotted in GFXBench benchmarks (source) with a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor, Adreno 505 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and cameras rated at 13Mp and 8Mp.
The Nokia 3 will be an even cheaper budget Android Nougat phone, with potentially a slightly smaller screen and lesser performance than the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. According to NokiaPowerUser it will feature a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, Adreno 308 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. Also expect a 5.2- or 5.3in HD screen, 16GB of storage and 5Mp/13Mp front and rear cameras.
Also tipped for MWC 2017 is a refresh of the Nokia 3310, a much loved feature phone that is now more than 15 years old. Not a touchscreen smartphone, the Nokia 3310 is unlikely to run Android, but it may appeal to mobile phone users who have no desire to use their handset for anything other than phones calls, text messages and, of course, playing Snake. At around £50 it is keenly priced, too.
Concept Creator has created the below video that shows what we might expect the refreshed Nokia 3310 to look like:
Nokia P1 rumours
The Nokia P1 is what's expected to be the upcoming Nokia flagship, which will run the Snapdragon 835 processor and launch after MWC 2017.
A flagship phone referred to as the Nokia P1 was originally thought to arrive at MWC 2017 with the top-end Snapdragon 835 processor. We now know this isn't possible, since the Galaxy S8 has the exclusive on this chip and isn't being unveiled until the end of March. So, if a flagship Nokia is announced at MWC 2017 it will be running the Snapdragon 821, not the 835. It is still possible a Snapdragon 835 Nokia will launch later in the year, of course.
The Nokia P1 popped up on Weibo as the subject of discussion by what appeared to be Nokia China. It said the phone would arrive at MWC 2017 with the Snapdragon 835 processor. Unfortunately, HMD has since confirmed that this was a fake account.
Despite the fake account, it is believed that the Nokia P1 is very much in the making and coming soon as Nokia's top-end Android phone. It's said to run Android Nougat and come with a 5.3in display with Gorilla Glass 5 and IP57 protection. As well as the aforementioned Snapdragon 835, the Nokia P1 is expected to get 6GB of RAM. A Carl Zeiss 22.6Mp camera could be found at the rear, and a 3,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 inside.
The Nokia P1 is thought to be priced at around $800 or £634 with 128GB of storage, and $950 or £753 with 256GB.
Concept Creator has released a new YouTube video (shown below) revealing what the Nokia P1 might look like based on leaks. It reveals a metal frame, hybrid dual-SIM slot, Carl Zeiss camera, a front home button with embedded fingerprint scanner and a 5.3in display.
We've captured some stills from the video below.
Nokia 8 rumours
The rumoured Nokia 8 is the Nokia Android phone most likely to be a fake.
Following CES 2017 Total Tech posted a video on YouTube that it said revealed the Nokia 8 or 'Nokia Supreme'. Total Tech claimed Qualcomm was showing the smartphone at its booth at CES, and captured the below footage.
However, Qualcomm denies showing the Nokia 8. “We do not disclose details of our reference design. We’ve seen a few stories rumouring what we demonstrated in our CES booth to be a Nokia device. Those reports are not accurate, our 835 demos were on our own reference design devices, which we use to demo our latest Snapdragon SOCs every year,” said a Qualcomm spokesperson.
It is not known whether the Nokia 8 is being developed by Nokia or whether Total Tech got entirely the wrong end of the stick.
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