In an interesting turn of events, Nokia phones are to be brought to the market by a Finnish exec once again. A seven-year Nokia veteran and ex-Rovio CEO, Pekka Rantala will assume the position of Chief Marketing Officer at HMD Global Oy, the Finnish company that aims to reboot the Nokia brand for smartphones. You may remember that HMD and Nokia struck an exclusive licensing deal for delivering Nokia-branded devices back to the market.
Rantala worked for the company from 1994 to 2011. He joined Rovio as CEO in 2015 but stepped down after only a year in the job after imposing deep job cuts and restructuring. Nokia was wrong footed by the rise of smartphones and eclipsed by Apple and Samsung. It sold its entire handset business to Microsoft Corp in 2014 and now focuses on telecoms network equipment. Microsoft has largely abandoned the business it bought from Nokia, from the moment it was acquired.
HMD collaborated with Foxconn Technology’s FIH Mobile Subsidiary in order to launch a new range Nokia smartphones running on Android OS. As, Nokia X and Nokia XL failed to create the magic, we expected them to. As a Nokia fan we would all love to see the brand bouncing back and coming up with a range of handsets that can go toe-to-toe with other brands present in market like Xiaomi,Samsung, Apple etc.
Now all we have to do is, wait till the time when we have some concrete details regarding how the handset is going to be and what all features it will offer to the users and whether the smartphones will be pocket-friendly or not. Although there are rumors regarding two devices which will have the Nokia Brand on the case but will be developed by HMD GLobal. The smaller model will have a 5.2-inch display while the larger one will sport a 5.5-inch screen.
Regarding specs, Snapdragon 820 chipset will be featured on both smartphones, although the latest processor model from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 821, has been released just recently. Nevertheless, the Android-based Nokia smartphones are expected to come with a full-metal body and have IP68 certification, which means the devices are protected against water and dust. Rumors also point into the direction of a 22.6MP rear camera on one of the smartphones, which could actually be called the Nokia P1. The two devices could launch in late 2016 or early next year. This is it for now, stay tuned for further updates.