Nokia, once the leader, fell deep and is rising again this time run by HMD Global. The new Nokia by HMD Global has been doing considerably good in the recent year or so. They have brought classics from the past like Nokia 3310, Nokia 8 Sirocco.
Next move is the X series phones with newest market trends and excellent design language. The phones are due to be released in China anytime soon. With the launch date very close still there are more rumors and leaks coming out bringing up the excitement levels of the good old Nokia fans.
Almost most all of the specs are revealed by leaks and certifications, today a few images came out on social media similar to a teaser for the new Nokia X/X6. The newest phone is going to be called the Nokia X6 or simply X, which we are not sure of. But we are certain on some other specs of it which we will see very soon.
Speculations and early rumors
We come to know from various sources that HMD Global run Nokia is preparing a new mid-range smartphone as a part of the new series. The series was teased as the X series and we expect a lot out of it because Nokia is bringing back the nostalgic by the introduction of newer phones with classic old names. When the first time Nokia X came out in 2014 they were all entry-level devices with bare minimum specs running on Android Jellybean, this time around they have targeted a little up the price scale.
The phone is expected to be a mid-range device running a Qualcomm 6 series chipset, compatible with all LTE bandwidths in China. We also came to know two possible variants code-named TA-1109 and TA-1099. The speculations following that revealed both might be similar models differing in few aspects with one running the Snapdragon chipset and the other running MediaTek chipset. The camera was guessed to be dual cameras at least in the rear and nothing less then the Zeiss optics would justify a Nokia’s cameras.
The variants that are expected with the RAM and storage are 4 Gb and 6 Gb which will go with 64 Gb and 128 GB. This phone like other phones from Nokia is very likely to run the AOSP version of Android Oreo 8.1 with Nokia’s enhancement here and there. It might even release under the Android one programme in some countries.
Certification by CCC
China Compulsory Certification is required for a smartphone to land in China. Days before the scheduled launch, the phone seems to have undergone the certification process and most of it doubtful specs came into spotlight building a pre-release hype for the X.
There are two chipsets involved in the alleged Nokia X series smartphone. One is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and the lower one running the MediaTek’s P60 chipset. The expectation of support for all LTE bands was let down by the MediaTek running Nokia X, most probably TA-1099. It only has TD-LTE bandwidth support to its modem. The Qualcomm counterpart rather has support for the whole of the bandwidth as expected.
For memory and storage options, the lower variant expected to run by MediaTek P60 is said to have 4 Gb of RAM coupled with 64 Gb of storage. While the Snapdragon 636 variant will have a more capable 6 Gb variant and having a plenty, 128 Gb of storage. The rear camera is confirmed likely to be 12 + 12 MP cameras with the obvious, Zeiss optics.
Teaser release on social media
One day ahead of the release of the new X series smartphones, we get to see the complete images of the phone itself in Chinese social media website Baidoo, clicked by someone in the display arena. We have nothing grounded to say they are teaser images as they were not from any official social media handles. Some overexcited fan-boys must have done this.
The phone simply looks gorgeous and handles the same New Nokia’s design language while not failing to pick up the newest design trends. Though late, Nokia too has entered the bandwagon for notched displays. The screen as far seen is a 5.8-inch screen with the tall 19:9 aspect ratio inclusive of the notch. The resolution is FHD+ (1080 * 2280) which is good for a mid-range and the display must be nonetheless IPS LCD.
The notch is minimal which houses the front-facing camera and an earpiece. There is not much bezel to be seen on any sides except the bottom. The bottom has noticeable chin bezel with real estate enough to hold just the Nokia branding. Why do they even have a chin when they can make the screen spread aside a notch?
To the back are the dual cameras aligned vertically in usual Nokia fashion? Below them is a circular fingerprint scanner distanced by a flashlight, possibly dual tone guessed by looks. The phone looks shiny as glass, but we are sure glass is not cheap enough for mid-range smartphones, hence all we can have is a polycarbonate back with a stunning paint job acting as a fingerprint magnet.
The phone itself has the new Nokia’s design sprinkled all over. The fingerprint scanner, the cameras seem to have the silver ring kind of finish to it. Even the power and volume buttons which are present on the right seem to have the same accent to it.
Release Date and Price
The initial release in China is scheduled for 27th of April. No word on the global release and availability yet. We can expect it to happen in a month or two.
The price of the Nokia is most likely to be 1,599 CNY for the MediaTek version and 1,799 for the Snapdragon 636 version which converts to 17,000 and 19,000 INR respectively.
|Brand||X / X6|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 / MediaTek P60|
|RAM||4 / 6 GB|
|Storage||64 / 128 GB|
|Camera||Dual 12 MP rear camera|
|Operating system||Android 8.1|
|Price||1,599 / 1,799 CNY|
|Release Date||27 th April, 2018 (China)|
The Nokia X though has tough competition, even in-house competition, seems to stand out with the nostalgic Nokia branding, the new age looks and the killer specs to rival the Redmi Note 5 pro and MI 6x. The camera will stand the deciding factor for the winner of the segment which we should wait to know until the review is out.