25 December 2019
We first heard about Nokia's plans to release an affordable 5G smartphone about four months ago and now, we finally have some more details. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, was present at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit where he revealed that a Snapdragon 765 5G-powered Nokia smartphone will be released in 2020.
Sarvikas even shared a teaser on the stage which gave a glimpse of what the smartphone would look like. It showed the phone in copper color with what looked like a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The back panel has a circular camera module that seems to be housing triple camera sensors. It is confirmed to be powered by ZEISS optics which is something users have started to expect from Nokia smartphones.
One of the important aspects of this upcoming Nokia 5G smartphone will be the display panel. It will have an HDR10 display that Nokia is touting as "PureDisplay". It is claimed to be capable of upscaling SDR videos to HDR in real-time with the help of a dedicated 16-bit engine.
During the keynote, Sarvikas said:
"Our highest priority for 2020 is making 5G more accessible – bringing an affordable yet premium grade, future proof 5G experience for the best possible performance in NSA and SA networks with the Snapdragon 765 Mobile Platform. We also congratulate Qualcomm Technologies on the announcement of its Snapdragon Modular Platform. This innovative approach to making 5G more accessible to OEMs will dramatically streamline the development process and we look forward to exploring possibilities of working with Qualcomm Technologies on this exciting platform."