The mighty Nokia, the smartphone manufacturer that changed it all with mobile phone icon menus and the addictive Snake game, is back to making phones. Mobile World Congress is the launch platform for some of the biggest smartphones each year and Nokia should be there among the creators in 2017.
The Nokia phones are starting to leak out of the rumour mill and we’re expecting more than one. There may even be the addition of a 3310-like phone aimed at the basic end of the phone market.
Here’s what we know so far about what to expect at Nokia’s 26 February press event at MWC 2017.
Nokia at MWC 2017: Nokia P1
The much leaked flagship smartphone for the re-launched Nokia should be the P1. This is expected to come in a metal unibody build and offer a Snapdragon processor either at the 835 or 821 level.
This should be backed by 6GB of RAM, a 5.3-inch display under Gorilla Glass 5 and IP57 protection plus a Carl Zeiss 22.6-megapixel camera. Also rumoured on the Nokia P1 is a 3,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0.
The Nokia P1 is expected to be priced at around £630 with 128GB storage or at £750 with 256GB onboard.
Nokia at MWC 2017: Android smartphones
Almost certainly making an appearance at MWC will be the Nokia 6, which is already on sale, but not worldwide. This features a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, Snapdragon 430 CPU, 16 and 8-megapixel cameras, 4GB of RAM, Android 7.0 Nougat, 64GB storage and a price tag of around £200.
The Nokia 5 is rumoured to come with the same Snapdragon 430 processor as the Nokia 6 but with a 5.2-inch screen that tops out at 720p resolution. The Nokia 5 is also expected to arrive with 2GB of RAM and lower res cameras which is all reflected in the lower £170 predicted price.
The Nokia 3 will be the most budget of these handsets with a £130 price and little else leaked in terms of specs. Expect Android 7.0 on all three phones though.
Nokia at MWC 2017: 3310 return
The rumour mill has the interwebs fizzing with excitement about a new version of the classic “brick” Nokia known as the 3310. This solid handset that just did not break and featured the ever addictive Snake game could have a new version release as an homage to its greatness, .
The new version of the handset is expected to come packing in that famously long battery life and resilient build. For under £80, as it’s rumoured, this could be the ultimate gig phone. It’s not clear if this new handset will feature anything more than phone and SMS access but we’d hope also for a camera and perhaps the basic apps too.
We’ll have to wait until 26 February for the big reveal but expect more to leak in the build up.