Nokia, under the auspices of HMD Global, is reportedly testing two new metal-clad smartphones that could sit above the recently launched Nokia 6.
While the resurgent Nokia brand has launched its first assault on the market with the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 – not to mention the new 3310 – we’ve yet to see a flagship smartphone to arrive from the company.
Now, NPU reports that HMD Global (the holding company which now owns the Nokia brand) is actively testing two new, metal-clad smartphones that could represent our first taste of a modern Nokia flagship.
The devices, which have yet to be named, will both (apparently) be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 66 SoC, while one variant will bear a 1080p display while the other will boast a QHD (1440p) resolution.
The leading variant might further feature a Zeiss lens, NPU reports, while both models will supposedly feature a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as Qualcomm’s fast-charging technology.
Those features would reportedly be wrapped in a metal unibody, and would feature slim side bezels. We imagine that both device will arrive sporting Android 7.0 Nougat on launch, or even Android 8.0 O depending on the announcement window. Refreshingly, our hopes are high for Pure Android given that the 3, 5, and 6 debuted without a software skin.
It is unclear as to how HMD envisions launching either handset; the company revealed the Nokia 6 in China earlier this year before proceeding to a global launch hosted at Mobile World Congress.
What are your thoughts? Would you be tempted to purchase a upper mid-range smartphone from the legendary Finnish brand? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!