Two Nokia phones running Android operating system spotted in benchmark tests, Nokia confirms more coming before end of 2016
Looking at smart devices market, it’s apparent that Android is becoming unquestionable king when it comes to operating systems. More and more manufacturers choose Android over other platforms, the most recent example being BlackBerry which appears to be ditching its very own BlackBerry OS in favor of Android. Now, two new Nokia phones running Android operating system have been spotted in benchmark tests. To make things even more interesting, Nokia confirms that more will be coming before the end of 2016.
Nokia is back in the game with new phones. Expect new experience, though, as the company is making friends with Android OS.
The phones surfaced at Geekbench and truth be told, the few details that we managed to discover are somewhat puzzling. The more high-end of the two is called Nokia 5320 and appears to have quad-core 2.27GHz processor under the hood. The name wasn’t mentioned but it could very well be a Snapdragon 820 or 821. The phone also seems to pack only 2GB of RAM, which is far too little for a premium device. Don’t worry, though, since it’s obviously a very early prototype and the final product may end up with a different set of specs. We actually hope it will, since the operating system of choice is Android 4.4.4 KitKat which is two generations old.
The list of known specs of the second device is even more confusing. Bearing the name Nokia RM-1490, the phone is apparently powered by a single core AMD A8-5545M processor clocked at just 500MHz yet it sports the same amount of RAM as the 5320, that is 2GB. Moreover, it runs the long forgotten 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version of Android.
Nokia’s plans for the next months
It’s still a long road from benchmark testing to actual launch and some devices don’t even make it to the market, but there seems to be little doubt that these two are the real deal. Nokia itself confirmed last week that three or four Android devices will be coming to stores in the following months. What’s interesting, aside from Nokia branding, the devices will have very little to do with Nokia, since the design will be handled by Finnish company HDM and manufacturing will be done by Foxconn, a Taiwanese company which makes iPhones, BlackBerrys and more.
Nothing is officially known about the upcoming devices’ specs, but it’s certain that Nokia will launch Android smartphones and tablets. As for the smartphones, rumor has it that they will have 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch QHD OLED screens and 22-megapixel cameras and will be powered by Snapdragon 820 processors. The phones could also offer dust and water resistance as well as metal bodies and most likely will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
At the moment it’s unclear when exactly the devices will be unveiled and go on sale. Nokia is expected to make the announcements by the end of 2016 but it’s very likely that the devices won’t make it to the market until early 2017. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait to see what the company has in store for us.