A few days back, a mysterious Nokia device running Android 7.0 Nougat was caught on Geekbench, with a Snapdragon 430 SoC and 3 GB of RAM. Nothing high-end, of course, but nevertheless good to see the Finnish firm's purported smartphone renaissance in motion. Now, details of a few possible flagship-level handsets are doing the rounds, with the so-called Nokia P1 set to arrive in two variants with 2K displays.
We first heard murmurings of the Nokia P1 back in July with a press render in tow. Since, it's been suggested that Nokia has a few smartphones and tablets to roll out before the end of the year, with two handsets said to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset. With a new report out of China indicating that the P1 devices will be available in two sizes with better-than-HD displays, it's reasonable to speculate that they'll be the high-end candidates previously rumored.
According to Chinese blog Anzhuo, the P1 is currently at "the engineering prototype stage". It is suggested that the P1 will be IP68 rated for similar dust and waterproofing to other handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S7. The report mentions 5.2 and 5.5-inch models, both of which may be of the AMOLED variety with 2K resolutions. Design-wise, the handsets are said to be housed in a metallic finish, which would be quite a departure from the mostly polycarbonate Nokia-branded devices of old.
The report speculates that camera sensors could benefit from Nokia's long-standing graphene endeavors. Simply put, graphene is a robust material that, among other perks, helps to produce superior low-light shots than the more ubiquitous CMOS sensors. Nokia has been among those working on its development for the best part of a decade, and since the Nokia brand carries a strong reputation in this field, there's reason to be tentatively excited.
The devices are said to run Android (Nougat) out of the box with the Z Launcher overlay, though we're taking this and all of the other information with a pinch of salt for now. It would be very interesting to witness Nokia's re-entrance the game armed with powerful new smartphones but until we have something a little more concrete, we're keeping a very open mind.
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