Nokia P1 Tipped for MWC Unveiling


MWC 2017 is fast approaching. While we know that HMD Global, the new custodians of the iconic Nokia brand, are up to something at the annual mobile industry conference organized by the GSM Alliance, we haven’t been that sure about the specifics. Thanks to the never-ending leaks that define the building moments to such events, we have some clues.

HMD Global may use the global spotlight shone on the Catalan city of Barcelona next month to give us our first look at a new smartphone, the Nokia P1. This is on the backdrop of some other device that has been making rounds recently purported to be the Nokia 8, a name that is pretty much in tune with the Nokia 6 that HMD Global has introduced to the Chinese market.

Specifications of the Nokia P1 include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a 5.3-inch display whose resolution is not yet clear at this point but since the device is expected to be high-end, a Full HD or Quad HD panel are our best possible bet. 6GB RAM and an option of either 128GB or 256GB onboard storage are also said to be on the cards.

The Nokia P1 whose design is said to be based on the Sharp Aquos Xx3, a smartphone released in the final quarter of last year, is also expected to feature a 22.6-megapixel camera at the back and have IP57 certification.

Why would anyone speculate that a new Nokia-branded device could borrow the design of one from Sharp? Well, for your information, Foxconn, the parent company of FIH Mobile, the company that HMD Global has outsourced manufacturing of its Nokia-branded devices to, now owns Sharp after a buyout last year so it’s not a stretch of our imagination.

Since MWC 2017 is still over a month away, we’re likely to hear not just more about the Nokia P1 but about any other Nokia-branded devices that are on the way as late February, when the trade show commences, approaches. After all, we expect at least 6 other Nokia-branded smartphones this year.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.


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