Nokia Android-powered smartphones appear on Geekbench


It has been a while since we have seen a Nokia-branded mobile phone around. While the Lumia 830 was the last Nokia-branded smartphone launched in 2014, the Nokia 230 dual-SIM feature phone was the very last of Nokia-branded devices that we saw, launched in November 2015. Ever since, it has been the longest hiatus that the Finnish giant has ever taken from the mobile industry. The company ran into dire straits with the advent of the smartphone wave, struck a partnership with Microsoft, failed to make a major impact, got abandoned by it, and has been frozen out of making phones with its own branding till Q3 2016.

Recently a Nokia executive confirmed three to four Android powered smartphones for Q4 2016, and now two such smartphones have been spotted on Geekbench.

The Geekbench listing, reveals some of their hardware features. However, the specification leaks are at an early phase and the final product might not pack the same features.

Codenamed as Nokia 5320 and RM-1490, respectively, the models run an older version of Android 4.4.4 and Android 4.2.2KitKat. I know, Kitkat? Unbelievable. But these phones are supposedly very early prototypes that were probably abandoned back then and are now surfacing with upgraded hardware.

Nokia 5320 has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.27GHz and a 2GB RAM. The processor might be Snapdragon 821 since Snapdragon 820 is clocked at 2.2GHz. This handset scored 494 points in single-core performance, whereas 1531 points in multi-core.

Nokia RM-1490, as its name suggests, follows the naming convention of earlier Nokia and later Lumia phones. This hints Nokia could be using RM-xxxx naming for its upcoming handsets. The phone uses an AMD A8-5545 processor running at a clock speed up to 500MHz. It has a 2GB RAM. The RM-1490 got 972 points in single-core performance and 1669 points in multi-core.

It has been rumoured for a while now that Nokia is working on two high-end models powered with Android 7.0 Nougat that Google recently rolled out for its Nexus phones and tablets. Along with the flagship models, the company is also planning for mid-range phones.

Despite not being around for a while, Nokia still has a vast number of fans and loyal users who have only shifted to other brands and platforms owing to the lack of versatility in Microsoft’s Windows-powered smartphones. Microsoft failed to capitalise on Nokia’s brand legacy, with its Windows Mobile operating system hit by a lack of applications, and superior functionality of Android and iOS.

Will Nokia once again rule the world, as it did once with mobile devices? We wouldn’t know for sure, but won’t we all love to see a Nokia-branded smartphone with the functionality of Android?

Source : Nokia Poweruser

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