HMD Global is preparing to bring back another Nokia phone name from the past. However, unlike the Sirocco and 8110 it resurrected at Mobile World Congress, this one is likely a little less beloved. It’s the Nokia X, a phone range killed off in 2014, and set to return on April 27. A launch event is scheduled to take place in Beijing, China for the Nokia X, and here’s what we know about the phone so far.
Announcement and release
The Nokia X has been teased through several official sources already, so we know something with the name X is coming from Nokia and HMD Global. Initially, ads for a Nokia X were spotted in China, complete with an announcement date of April 27 attached. Subsequently, a teaser was posted on Nokia’s Weibo channel, showing shipping containers labeled Nokia X, and text hinting that we may see more than one model.
The teaser images for the Nokia X have only been seen in China at this time. This may indicate the device isn’t destined for international release, at least straight away. While the Nokia name is known all around the world, HMD Global has repeatedly launched its smartphones in China first — the Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 7, for example — and maintaining this pattern for the Nokia X wouldn’t be a surprise.
It’s possible HMD Global will use the Nokia X brand name to showcase multiple phones, much like Nokia and Microsoft did several years ago. The first, or one of the first, new X phones to launch could be a new Nokia X6, according to rumors and leaked images published recently. The phone looks set to become another with a notched screen, following a growing trend in the mobile industry.
The leak, which cannot be verified at the moment, shows a small chin under the screen, and a vertically mounted dual-lens camera on the back. Copper-colored highlights give the white body some flair, and are reminiscent of Nokia phones we’ve seen before. A fingerprint sensor is underneath the camera array.
On the day of announcement, a tweet from Ben Geskin — best known for his Apple iPhone leaks — showed live images of the Nokia X (or Nokia X6), and further teasers from China. the design is similar to the picture above, but not identical. See the logo placement for example, and the altered camera lens layout.
This is Nokia X pic.twitter.com/cKoyGXkib4
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) April 27, 2018
If the Nokia X6 is going to be Nokia’s first new X phone, rumors indicate it will have a 5.8-inch screen and a longer-than-usual 19:9 aspect ratio. Signaling the phone may be competitively priced, a MediaTek P60 processor may power it, with 4GB of RAM to help out. An international version may also launch later with a Snapdragon 636 chip and 6GB of RAM.
Name and history
Long-time Nokia and phone fans will recall that in 2014, Nokia — then under Microsoft’s control — launched several Nokia X phones, all with Android rather than Windows Phone. However, the Nokia X version of Android didn’t feature Google Play, or any of the familiar Google services, and instead pushed Microsoft services including Skype and Outlook. Since HMD Global took over ownership of the Nokia name, it has introduced true Android to the brand.
How about the name? We don’t know whether we will get a single Nokia X, or if the Nokia X will be the name of a complete new range of phones. HMD Global’s naming strategy has relied on numbers, and we’ve seen models ranging from the Nokia 2 to the Nokia 8 released already, with rumors surrounding a Nokia 9. This means it could go either way, with the Nokia X6 rumored above being one of several phones, or for a single Nokia phone with the X representing the Roman numeral for 10, just like Apple’s iPhone X.
We’ll keep you updated on the Nokia X right here.
Updated on April 27: Added in further rumors, and Weibo teaser image
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