In less than a month, the premiere of the Nokia 7.2 smartphone will take place, in which the developers abandoned the camera in the style of the Apple iPhone X. It was decided to return the module to the classic round design typical of most smartphones in 2007-2016, including the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Back to the roots
The design of the Nokia 7.2 smartphone, which HMD Global holding, which owns the Nokia brand, will release in the first half of September 2019, is declassified. Nokia was owned by Microsoft and was in decline. The location of the front module developers borrows from the top-end Samsung Galaxy Note 10 announced in early August 2019.
The appearance of the smartphone Nokia 7.2 has been declassified by the resource Nokia Power User, which published its press images. Judging by the description, the gadget will be noticeably thinner than its predecessors, including the Nokia 7.1 model, but its physical dimensions as of August 19, 2019, were not known.
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Nokia and Microsoft
Nokia was a recognized leader in the smartphone market – its gadgets running Symbian OS, according to Statista.com, in the 2nd quarter of 2007 occupied 50.7% of the global smartphone market, and an absolute record (a share of 50.9%) was achieved in the fourth quarter of 2007. However, since the introduction of the first Apple iPhone in the summer of 2007, the popularity of Symbian OS smartphones has steadily declined.
In October 2011, Nokia switched to a new Windows Phone platform, which is Microsoft’s response to Apple iOS and Google Android – a modern modification of the Windows Mobile operating system. Nokia’s first Windows Phone-based smartphones were the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. Nokia’s switch to the new OS did not bring success.
Microsoft became the owner of Nokia’s mobile division in the fall of 2013, paying $ 5.44 billion for it. Sales of Nokia gadgets in the second quarter of 2013 fell to 7.4 million, which at that time amounted to only 4.3% of the global smartphone market. This was due, inter alia, to the low interest among potential buyers in smartphones based on Windows Phone.
In the spring of 2016, having failed to revive Nokia’s smartphone business, Microsoft sold it to FIH Mobile (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Technology Group) and HMD Global Oy for $ 350 million. The return of Nokia smartphones, this time based on Android, took place on February 2017 and October 2017, Microsoft recognized the death of Windows Phone.
The main camera module in Nokia 7.2 received a round shape and resembles the camera in Nokia Lumia 1020, which was released in 2013, although in this case, it does not stick out of the case. Such a design is not at all similar to what dozens of Apple iPhone 2018 clones and the iPhone itself offer, and HMD Global has clearly refused to promote the “revolving” camera design implemented in the flagship Nokia 9.
The module includes three matrices with different characteristics and optics. The basic sensor will receive a resolution of 48 megapixels and wide-angle optics at 120 degrees. The manufacturer and model of the matrix are unknown – it could be Sony IMX586 or Samsung GM1. The second sensor can be found in the same Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.
Sensors are supplemented by a conventional LED flash, although Nokia’s classic camera phones used its xenon counterpart. Laser autofocus is not provided in this model.
Exactly the same block of cameras, writes SlashGear resource, will be integrated into the Nokia 6.2 smartphone, which will be shown simultaneously with Nokia 7.2. There are practically no differences between the devices – having an identical design, they are both built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and both have a diagonal screen size of 6.3 inches.
The Snapdragon 660 chip includes eight Kryo 260 cores with a frequency of up to 2.2 GHz, an X12 LTE modem, an Adreno 512 video subsystem, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 modules and a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with support for 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. It is produced using 14-nanometer technology, although Qualcomm fully mastered 7 nm in 2019.
The touch screen of both smartphones will receive a small hole for the front camera, located at the top edge of the display, in the center. Such a solution allowed minimizing the thickness of the upper frame, equating it to the side, but the lower “chin” of the smartphone still remained.
Other features and premiere date
Nokia 7.2 (and probably Nokia 6.2) will get a fingerprint scanner on the back panel (I didn’t embed it in the HMD Global display), a USB-C port for quick charging, but at the same time it will retain a separate connector for wired headphones. Many large brands abandoned it, which once positioned its presence as a competitive advantage. Samsung, for example, cut a 3.5 mm jack out of its Note10 without compensating for it, and removed all its commercials from all resources, in which Apple ridiculed the lack of a mini-jack in its iPhone.
The smartphone software platform is Android 9 Pie OS. Google is in no hurry with the release of Android 10Q, shown in May 2019 and may not be in time for the premiere of the new Nokia. We add that smartphones with “clean” Android are released under this brand – only basic Google applications are installed in the system and there are no additional graphical shells.
The presentation of the Nokia 7.2 smartphone will take place at the IFA 2019 in Berlin and will take place on the zero day of its work, the so-called “press day” – September 5, 2019. The event itself will open on September 6, 2019 and will last until September 11, 2019. inclusive.