Looks like Nokia will soon be announcing the latest iterations of the Nokia 5, Nokia 3, and the Nokia 2 budget smartphones. HMD Global has started sending out invitations for a new launch event on May 29th in Moscow, Russia. The invite mentions worldwide release of new phones.
We aren’t completely sure if Nokia would launch the 2018 versions of the Nokia 5, 3, 2, but that seems likely. Last year, the company launched these devices around June/July, so it is highly possible that it is preparing to announce upgraded versions. The company did confirm that new models are coming, with some leaks hitting the inter-webs as well.
Three new Nokia smartphones also received certifications in Russia very recently. The certified devices carried the model numbers TA-1075, TA-1105, and TA-1116. These could be the Nokia 5, Nokia 3, and Nokia 2018 editions as well. Still, we can’t be very sure.
Either that, or Nokia has some other plans for Russia. The company hasn’t yet released the Nokia 8 Sirocco in the country. Therefore, this event could be for the same. We will find out soon enough anyway.
Nokia 5 (2018):
With the Nokia 5, 3, and the 2, HMD brought Nokia smartphones to the masses. This device, Nokia 5, is very well priced and has decent specifications. The 2017 variant featured a 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 3000mAh battery, 13MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera.
Expect the Nokia 5 2018 version, if launched, to feature newer processor, more RAM, better cameras, and probably slimmer bezels.
Nokia 3 (2018):
The Nokia 3 and the Nokia 2 were even more budget friendly compared to the Nokia 5. The 2017 variant of the Nokia 3 featured a 5-inch display, MediaTek processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP cameras at the back and the front, and a 2630mAh battery.
Once again, the newer version will have improved processor and cameras. The display could be the same, as this is after-all, a budget phone. We can’t speculate on anything more than that, but a recent leak did confirm that the Nokia 3.1 is coming.
Nokia 2 (2018):
This is the cheapest of the lot, and also the one with the lowest specifications. HMD wants to price these very cheap, so they may not improve the hardware a lot. You can, however, expect some changes in terms of a newer CPU, more RAM, and slightly better cameras.
All of these Nokia devices run on stock Android software. The 2017 variants came with Android 7.1 Nougat, but were promised upgrades to Android 8.0 Oreo. The latest invite from HMD doesn’t really reveal anything more than the date and time of the event. The phones launched at the event will definitely make it to India, as the company wrote that this event would be a worldwide launch.
HMD recently also announced the Nokia X6, which is their first smartphone to feature the popular ‘notch’ on the display. It comes with a glass body, dual rear cameras, and other mid-range specifications.