Qualcomm and HMD Global announced last month that they have entered into a worldwide license arrangement that will allow the Finnish brand to launch 5G smartphones in various markets. A new report from NokiaPowerUser now claims that HMD Global is currently working on not one but two 5G smartphones. While one of them will be a flagship offering, the other one will be a premium mid-range smartphone.
Nokia 5G Flagship Smartphone Tipped to Launch in Q3 2019
As per the report, the Nokia 5G flagship smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor. While no other details regarding the hardware specifications of the smartphone have been mentioned, the report suggests HMD Global is planning to launch it before the end of the third quarter. Whether the launch will happen at a dedicated event or at IFA 2019 in Berlin, remains to be seen.
If rumors are to be believed, the successor to Nokia 9 PureView will have a 2K edge-to-edge display with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. On the imaging front, the smartphone is expected to retain the same penta-camera setup seen on the Nokia 9 PureView. However, the upcoming flagship may utilize a larger sensor to deliver improved image quality.
Mid-Range Nokia 8.2 5G Smartphone Could Launch Alongside the Flagship Model
Interestingly, the report mentions HMD Global will be launching a more affordable 5G smartphone alongside the flagship model. While the flagship Nokia 5G smartphone will have a Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood, the mid-range 5G smartphone will run on a Snapdragon 700-series chipset. It is possible that the smartphone will feature Qualcomm’s rumored Snapdragon 735 octa-core processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 735 is expected to be built using a 7nm process node, identical to the company’s flagship Snapdragon 855. It will also have an integrated 5G modem, bringing 5G connectivity to the mid-range segment.
The upcoming 5G “value flagship” from HMD Global could be launched as the Nokia 8.2, succeeding the Nokia 8.1 that made its global debut in December last year. The Nokia 8.1 sports a 6.18-inch IPS LCD display panel with 1080 x 2280 pixels Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset, clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Some of the other key features of the Nokia 8.1 include a 12MP + 13MP dual-camera setup with Zeiss optics, 20MP selfie camera, and a 3500mAh battery. We can expect the Nokia 8.2 to have a larger display with slimmer bezels and perhaps an upgraded camera setup on the back.