Nokia 3310 (2017 Edition), what we know so far

​We are one step away from MWC 2017 and no one is more excited than Nokia fans. The potencial release of Nokia’s most iconic phone, The Nokia 3310, took the world by storm. 

Nokia 3310, which was released in 2000, is regarded by many as an “indestructable” piece of tech. Nokia 3310, is known for it’s colorful swappable faceplate, tremendous battery life and the highly addictive games at the time, Snake II, Space Impact and Bantumi. Nokia 3310 changed the way we perceive mobile phones other than its basic core function. 

As to what the Nokia 3310 2017 Edition packs, here is a tweet from renowned American blogger, editor, and phone leaker, Evan Blass.

The phone is said to sport a larger colored screen as opposed to 84×84 monochrome display from the original Nokia 3310. To reduce the inevitable sapping of battery, the screen is said to be a little less sharp. The new Nokia 3310 is also slimmer, lighter and more compact than the 2000 Edition.

The Nokia 3310 will run on Series 30+ OS, as opposed to recent leaks saying that the new handset will run on Android™. So imagine a Nokia 3310 with the Nokia 150 user interface.  

The revamped handset will also feature a swappable faceplate that is available in red, green and yellow. But we also expect more faceplate designs after its release.

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Nokia 6 sells out in just 60 seconds

We started the year clueless of whatever the Nokia is cooking for us this 2017 and we are all stunned when they finally announced it’s first Android smartphone right at the end of CES. The news spreaded easily like an epidemic and everyone is just so excited to get a hands-on. Then, there came the bad news. The device will only be available for sale in China via JD.com. Yes, we’re talking about the device that marked the Renaissance period of Nokia, the Nokia 6.  

It was reported that Nokia 6 got an astonishing 250,000 registrations via JD.com in just 24 hour even before the flash sale in 19th of January. It is despite the fact that the phone is not that well specced compared to other competitors such as Lenovo and Xiaomi. 

But the surprises didn’t end there. We are stupified when the Nokia 6 surpassed a whopping 1 million registrations just before the flash sale day. Then finally in January 19, the online flash sale via JD.com successfully ended in just 60 seconds. The Nokia 6 sells out in just a minute! 

Though JD.com didn’t officially confirmed if how many of the devices were actually sold, we expect it to be a lot more than a hundred thousand.  

We didn’t hear more about the second flash sale day but I expect it to be as successful as the first day. As for the international release of the device, Nokia has yet to announce that during MWC 2017 in Barcelona. 

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Nokia’s flagship device is present at CES 2017 hiding behind Qualcomm’s branding

Nokia 6 is currently making a loud noise in the tech industry. Although Nokia decided not to release it on CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the device find its place in headlines all around the world. JD.com reported that there have been over 250,000 registrations for Nokia 6 in less than 24 hours. What is more interesting is that, it seems like Nokia’s spirit is present during the event last week. 

A YouTube channel called “Total Tech” published a video featuring another Nokia handset hiding behind Qualcomm’s branding. The handset is said to have a metal unibody like the Nokia 6, but unlike the 6, this one is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and is deemed to be a flagship device.

Total Tech mentioned that the device is called Nokia 8 or Nokia Supreme. It was one of the Qualcomm-branded test devices featuring the 835 chipset during the event with a little to less noticing from the event goers.

The device is said to have 2 variants with 6GB or RAM and the other with 4GB of RAM. The cheaper variant does not bear Qualcomm’s newest chipset but it does packed with the not so old Snapdragon 821. As the internal storage capacity of the device, it will have a 64/128GB ROM with expandable storage. 

The much higher end variant has an advanced optics than the one with 821 chipset. It has a 24 megapixel rear-facing camera with PDAF, Dual-Tone LED flash, an “OIS+ Super EIS” image stabilization, and has an HRM logo that would either mean “High Resolution Monochromatic” or “Heart Rate Monitor”. All of these are located in an “Oreo” shaped camera bump like the one in Lumia 1020. The front of the device does have a 12 megapixel front-facing camera. 

As to what the camera specifications of the other variant is yet unknown. But judging the video above, it seems like the camera in Nokia 8 with 835 chipset perform the video stabilization better than the one with 821 chipset.

Nokia confirmed via Facebook that they will be releasing more Nokia devices on February 26 which means during the commencement of MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Nokia’s old haven.

“Get ready! The Nokia 6 is coming to China! More announcements to follow on February 26th… Save the date!” Nokia posted on their official Facebook page.

Since then, Nokia has been sending global media invites to attend the event. 

We found a brighter video of the alleged Nokia 8. This guy seems to have no idea that he is playing with a Nokia device. 

Can Nokia bring back its old charm?

Nokia’s first Android smartphone finally revealed

 

It’s official. Nokia is back in the game with their new Android smartphone, the Nokia 6. 

HMD Global, which holds the right to the name, announced today the first ever Android-powered smartphone to bear the Nokia brand. The announcement shocked technology websites and grabbed people’s attention away from CES 2017. The announcement became a headline all over the world.  

The Nokia 6 will feature 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of on-board storage with a microSD support. The phone will also include a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera, 8 megapixel front-facing selfie camera and 3,000 mAh of battery. Sadly, this device is only exclusively available in China via JD.com in “early 2017” which will retail for 1,699 CNY or $245. 

Design and display

The design isn’t that spectacular at all. Nokia 6 is a monoblock form smartphone with an aluminium unibody which is quite common for midrange handsets. But HMD Global make sure that it will look as “premium” as possible. 

“With the arrival of Nokia 6, consumers will see superior craftsmanship and design quality in action. It takes 55 minutes to machine a single Nokia 6 from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium. It then receives two separate anodising processes, taking over ten hours to complete, with each phone being polished no less than five times. The end result is an aluminium unibody with the highest level of visual and structural quality.” HMD Global stated.

It has a bright hybrid in-cell 5.5” 1080p Full HD display with a 2.5D contoured glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

At the top front lies the small Nokia logo, the proximity sensor, the earpiece and the 8 megapixel shooter. At the bottom is a capacitive “back” and “recent app” buttons as well as the physical home button which has an embedded fingerprint sensor. To the left side of the Nokia 6 is the power/lock key and volume rocker. 

The device will probably have a USB-C port and a headphone jack. As to where these ports located, we will never know until the phone is available. At the back of the device lies the 16 megapixel snapper with dual tone flash and the Nokia logo of course. 

Camera and other features

As expected, the device will run on Android 7 Nougat out of the box and will have a stock Android UI. 

Nokia 6 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon ™ 430 octa-core processor with X6 LTE modem for “excellent battery life and superior graphic performance”, Adreno 505 GPU and 3000mAh of battery which has a fast charging capability. 

The Nokia 6 has an 8 megapixel FFC and a 16 megapixel RFC with Phase Detection Autofocus and dual tone flash for more natural look. Both with f/2.0 aperture lenses with exclusive camera UI. 

Nokia 6 will also come with an exclusive feature called Dolby Atmos which HMD describes to “create powerful, moving audio that seems to flow all around users”. 

The global variant of the device is yet to be announced at MWC 2017.

Expect up to 7 Nokia branded smartphones this year

If you’re excited about the news of Nokia releasing 5 Android smartphones, read this: Nokia will more likely be releasing up to 7 Nokia branded Android smartphones this year. 

According to the slide (pictured above) shown off by Avaxx, a Malaysian based authorized Nokia/Microsoft distributor, “HMD will launch NOKIA Android Smartphones by Q2 2017.” . The slide also said that a “total of 6-7 models will be available by end 2017”. The slide also revealed that these smartphones will vary from “Entry, Mid and High End Smartphones.” .

Recent leaks involving Nokia E1, Nokia P, Nokia Pixel and Nokia D1C (with two variants) gave us an idea of how the Android market this year will be flooded by Nokia branded smartphones and with the addition of the two yet unknown smartphones adds more interest among loyal Nokia fans. Of course, take this with a pinch of salt. 

Nokia TA-1000 spotted and it could be the Nokia E1

              A sketch of the rumoured Nokia E1.

A Nokia phone listed as TA-1000 from HMD Global Oy passed the China Compulsory Certification (3C). The device is said to come with a 5V/2A charging support. 

Though the information didn’t reveal any of the device’s key specification, we should expect TA-1000 as a non-flagship device given the lack of fast charging capability. Some reports also suggest that the handset could be the entry level smartphone called Nokia E1. 

Nokia to launch five new Android smartphones next year and what to expect

​According to a renowned website GSMArena, Nokia is expected to launch five new Android smartphone next year. Though, there wasn’t enough information to whether all five of these devices will unveil at MWC 2017. 

The report also says that Nokia will launch both a midranger and flagship devices. One of which is the already leaked Nokia D1C, a midranger that is said to have two variants with the 5.0 and 5.5 inch Full HD 2K OLED display. These devices is also reported to house snapdragon chipset with the 5.0 variant with 2GB of RAM and 5.5 variant with 3GB of RAM. 

The other device named as Nokia P  is said to go head to head with Samsung’s 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 and Apple’s iPhone 8 codenamed as “Ferrari”. To what the exact name and specs of these Nokia devices remains a mystery and Nokia is yet to confirm such information.

Would You Get an Android Nokia Smartphone? 

Phone Arena, a renowned website for smartphone specification information and in-depth reviews, made a dedicated poll last week to whether we still want an Android Nokia smartphone. The result is surprising.

About 40% of their 2580 respondents answered affirmatively and 51% is open for the possibility of having one given the phone is well-designed with top-notch specs. However, 9% said that it is too late for Nokia to open up a new road in Android market. Still, the result is very high. 

Nokia is purported to launch its first mid-range Android smartphone in February of 2017.

Nokia Rumors To Release Two High-End Devices Running On Android 7.0 Nougat

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Nokia devices in the market, but now the long wait is over. 

Last week, rumors had emerged after a specialist blog posted that Nokia may be gearing up for a major comeback to smartphone industry with two new “high-end” devices. According to Nokia Power User blog, the phones will come with a “premium metallic design” and will have the “famous Nokia feel”. 

The blog quoted that the information came from yet unnamed “trusted sources” and suggest that the device is more likely on its prototype phase for now. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more about it until Nokia officially confirm the information.

The phones will run on Android 7 Nougat right out of their boxes. The devices is also said to have water and dust-resistant feature with IP68 rating, like the one we are seeing in Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices. 

The devices will come in two variants, one with 5.2-inch display and other with 5.5-inch display. Though the information is unclear, we will be expecting the phones to feature OLED screen with 2K resolution (QHD).

The System UI is more likely be an improved version of Nokia Z Launcher based on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with touch and hover interaction feature. The devices will also come with fingerprint scanner and sensors that are most sensitive ever based on Nokia’s wonder material graphene. 

In January 2015, Nokia released its first Android tablet in China running on Android Lollipop and was became a huge hit after  20,000 units have been sold for just about 4 minutes with 500,000 more people waiting outside to get their orders, an indication that there is so much hope left for Nokia.