Thursday, February 15, 2018

Android One Nokia 7+ and Android Go Nokia 1 Renders Show Dual Zeiss Camera, 18:9 Display, and More

Nokia’s resurgence in 2017 went a lot better than some had predicted, and at least some of the company’s success can be attributed to its dedication to the Android platform: It isn’t afraid to embrace stock Android. HMD Global, Nokia’s Finnish manufacturing partner, announced the Nokia 7 with a Snapdragon 630 system-on-chip in China back in October of last year, but a couple of newly leaked renders from Evan Blass at VentureBeat reveal the upcoming Nokia 7+, an Android One device. Not only that, but another leaked render shows pics of the Nokia 1.

The first image leaked by Mr. Blass shows the Nokia 7+ in a creme-colored chassis with orange accents. Specs of the device have yet to be revealed, but we can see that, unlike the original Nokia 7, the corners of the display are rounded, and the back of the phone has a dual Zeiss camera module with a fingerprint scanner embedded right below it. The Nokia 7+ is thought to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip, a 18:9 display, and 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage.

It’ll reportedly be the first Android One device in HMD Global’s product portfolio. Android One, a reference platform for OEMs, aims to ensure that affordable phones receive timely stock Android upgrades, highly optimized apps, and regular security patches.

A second press render, again leaked by Mr. Blass, shows the same device but in a different color scheme. Instead of the creme-colored chassis, this one is brown with an orange accent color.

Last up is the Nokia 1, which is said to run Android Go, a stripped-down version of Android 8.1 Oreo for phones with less than 1GB of RAM. Again, we don’t have any hardware specs to go on, but it’s likely a very low-end smartphone for a very affordable price.

It’s interesting to see that Nokia is participating in the Android One program, as its software is already running stock Android. It’s already shown a dedication to swift updates — in the past, it has beaten Google to the punch with over-the-air Android security patches for its devices. It even lets users test early versions of updates so that it can squash bugs ahead of time.

Still, it’s encouraging to see that Nokia and HMD Global aren’t giving up on Android anytime soon. Here’s hoping we learn more about the phones at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, which kicks off in late February.

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