Nokia phones to have light-sensitive graphene sensors

It was reported last month that Nokia will be launching two new smartphones very soon, and now it appears that Nokia may have already handed out manufacturing contracts to Taiwanese device-maker Foxconn.

Foxconn will reportedly manufacture two 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch phones later this year featuring IP68 rating and Snapdragon 820 chips.

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According to Gizmo China, the new Nokia phones, which will be the company's first devices after the end of a contractual embargo imposed by Microsoft, will also feature camera sensors "manufactured using Graphene material." A couple of years ago, researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore claimed that camera sensors made of Graphene were 1,000 times more sensitive to light compared to the usual CMOS camera sensors in our phones, apart from being five times cheaper. It is thus possible that Nokia wants to bring in camera sensors which will be able to capture brilliant images in both direct sunlight as well as low light conditions, possibly better than the ones we are used to.

According to Phone Radar, Nokia's two new phones will run the recently launched Android Nougat with Nokia's own Z launcher interface. Featuring 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch Quad HD displays, they will arrive with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoCs, Adreno 530 GPUs and IP68 dustproof and waterproof ratings.

If the rumours claimed by Phone Radar turn out to be true, then it implies that rather than launching a mid-range device, Nokia will go all-out to challenge premium smartphones and phablets with impressive design, specifications and features. Their success will also depend on how Nokia will price the phones in different regions, especially in the UK where OnePlus was recently forced to hike prices of the OnePlus 3 following Brexit.

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The fact that Nokia may launch new smartphones later this year was given a hint of credibility earlier this year when CEO Rajeev Suri spoke to that effect at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "We almost owe it to ourselves to go experiment in the consumer area. If and when we find a world-class partner who can take on those responsibilities, we would work closely with them to guide the design and technology differentiation as we did with the Nokia N1 Android tablet. There's no rush, there's no timeline. It could happen in 2016, it could happen later. We don't want to just put logos on somebody's devices. It needs to feel like Nokia, what Nokia was known for," he said.

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