Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is working on a number of new phones, according to a certification website. As many as eight Nokia devices have appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance website along with their model numbers. While this confirms the existence of these devices, it is unclear how these devices will be commercially known. But what we know right now from these listings on the certification website is that there will be Android Go software that will power all of these devices. And that means these will be entry-level, budget smartphones that will have around 1GB of RAM.
According to a report by Nokiamob.net, the eight Nokia devices carry these model numbers: TA-1306, TA-1308, TA-1309, TA-1312, TA-1314, TA-1318, TA-1320 and TA-1335. Some of these models are just variants of a single smartphone, which means there will be fewer than eight actual smartphones. As these models have been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, there will be Wi-Fi connectivity on all of them. Additionally, the listings show that all of these models will feature the 2.4GHz band on Wi-Fi networks, which is the basic one and is commonly found on low-cost devices. It adds to the speculation that eight Nokia devices will be affordable.
Android Go software is the scaled-down version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, designed for smartphones that have less powerful resources, such as 1GB of RAM. The apps that are part of this software are lighter versions of their regular apps. Some of these apps include Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Google Go, and Maps Go among others. Not only are these apps relatively small in size, they are also designed to consume less power and put less pressure on your phone’s hardware, allowing it to run efficiently.
Nokia has a large portfolio of Android Go devices and plans to expand it further. The eight models will allow the company to bridge the gap between feature phones and an entry-level smartphone. HMD Global’s line of feature phones is powered by KaiOS, which is even more watered down than the Android Go software. The firmware is basic in nature, meaning there’s not much you can do on this OS but you can. still access many apps that are otherwise available on smartphones.
As there is a short gap between KaiOS and Android Go, it will be interesting if Nokia lets go of KaiOS to finally make Android Go software ubiquitous on its feature phones and other budget phones. HMD Global is also preparing for the launch of the Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 and Nokia 6.3 phones. The latest rumor has suggested that the launch could take place in December, which is contrary to a multitude of previous rumors that have indicated different launch timelines throughout the year. For now it is not certain when these phones will arrive but they are imminent.
Separately, HMD Global plans to launch the Nokia 2.4 smartphone in India on November 26th. The Nokia 2.4 is an affordable smartphone with a large display, a MediaTek Helio processor, dual rear cameras, a large battery and much more. Most importantly, the Nokia 2.4 comes with pure Android experience, something the company wants to sell beyond spec. The launch will take place later this week, so stay tuned for more information.
HMD Global, the licensee of Nokia smartphones, has obtained up to eight new devices listed on the Wi-Fi Alliance website.
- HMD Global is working on a range of smartphones.
- These eight smartphones have been certified on the Wi-Fi Alliance website.
- HMD Global’s eight smartphones will run Android Go software.