Earlier this month, Nokia displayed an official slide during it's Capital Markets Day presentation showing its strategic roadmap in the coming years, which included new smartphones in 2017. To add to it, HMD Global, a new company consisting of former Nokia employees, recently announced that it will be developing Nokia phones in partnership with contract manufacturer Foxconn, the first of which will be released early next year.
A new leak surfacing today reveals that Nokia's first smartphone, which may officially launch at Mobile World Congress in late February, will be named the Nokia E1. The leak was first published in a report by AndroidSoul which lays bare the specifications and images of the upcoming phone.
According to AndroidSoul, Nokia E1 will feature top-line specifications like 64GB of on-board storage, 4GB of RAM and the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The report added that the phone will also arrive featuring a Snapdragon 600 series processor but did not specify which one. The report also reveals a couple of sketches of two Nokia smartphones, one of which will cater to the high-end market and the other to the mid-range one.
The high-end model will feature a fingerprint sensor on its front and will have pronounced curved edges at all four ends whereas the mid-range one will be lacking a fingerprint sensor and will be more box-shaped like Sony's Xperia phones. It is possible that any of them could launch at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January but our money is on a possible launch at Mobile World Congress in late February.