The Nokia X name might ring some bells for some of you – a mid-tier smartphone introduced by Nokia in 2014. It ran the Nokia X platform, a modified version of Android Jelly Bean and was targeted at emerging markets. It died a quick death, however, as Microsoft Mobile decided to kill the Android line after its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile business, to focus on the Windows Mobile platform.
While Nokia’s Android endeavours was shortlived, the Nokia X line survived. Microsoft subsequently debuted the successor, the X2. The key difference? It ran Windows Phone.
Fast forward to 2018, it looks like the Nokia X will make a comeback. New owner HMD Global is gearing up for the unveiling of the controversial product line, set for 16 May in China.
HMD Global recently showcased the handset at an event in Beijing, alongside its product portfolio. The Nokia X, may debut as the Nokia X6 and carries the official model number Nokia TA-1099. The `device has been reported to have passed CCC certification in China. Details reveal that the device will not support fast charging, coming with a supplied 5V/2A power adapter.
Based on photos from the Beijing event, the Nokia appears to have a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) display with a 19:9 screen ratio. The display will come with a notch that houses the selfie camera, earpiece and proximity sensor. Oddly enough there’s still a chin at the front with only a Nokia logo emblazoned at the centre.
It sports a glass back and offers a 12MP dual-camera setup with Zeiss optics arranged vertically, as well as dual-LED flash. A circular fingerprint scanner is located below the camera array.
The Nokia X is expected to run Android One, based on Android 8.1 Oreo, consistent with Nokia’s current line of devices.
In terms of internals, the device may come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 or a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset and mated to 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB inbuilt storage.
Based on a teaser posted on Weibo, HMD may be bringing another iconic Nokia series back – the N series. Following its new takes on the 3310 and 8110, HMD continues to harp on nostalgia to reinvigorate interest in the Nokia brand. Are you ready for yet another trip down memory lane?
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