An upcoming Nokia smartphone codenamed ‘Pixel’ has been spotted on the Geekbench benchmark database today, revealing entry-level specs. In case you haven’t heard, Nokia will be returning to the smartphone market next year, with the first new Nokia-branded devices expected to be made official at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona in February next year.
The Geekbench listing for the Nokia ‘Pixel’ reveals that the smartphone is going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core chipset clocked at 1.19 GHz, with the Adreno 302 GPU handling the graphics. The outdated SoC has been paired with 1GB of RAM, which suggests the ‘Pixel’ could be turn out to be an extremely affordable Android smartphone. While the core hardware specs don’t seem very impressive at all, the smartphone will ship with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box, which could be its biggest USP. So far, we have only seen flagship and high-end devices ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Most new mid-range smartphones are coming out with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, while many entry-level smartphones continue to run on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Nokia is likely to go with a very light skin on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, so users can look forward to a near stock Android experience, similar to the Nokia N1 tablet released last year.
Nokia is also working on a mid-range “D1C” smartphone, which is expected to sport a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution display and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz, paired with 3GB of RAM.
Latest rumors also point to two flagship smartphones with 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch Quad HD resolution AMOLED displays. The two flagship Nokia smartphones are expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and could feature Carl Zeiss optics at the back. In terms of the design, both flagships are said to boast of a metal unibody waterproof build.
All the new Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets are going to be designed and developed by Finnish company HMD Global, while Foxconn will be taking care of the manufacturing duties.