Nokia appears to be planning its next move carefully after confirming that it is attending the Mobile World Congress in early 2017. Just recently, one of its upcoming smartphones was spotted on Geekbench, and it is one that borrows the Pixel moniker of Google’s new flagship smartphones.
The Times News spotted the entry for a Nokia Pixel on Thursday, but the information about the device was uploaded on the cross-platform processor benchmarking site on Nov. 12. According to the entry, the device is running Android 7.0.1 — the upgraded version of Android 7.0 Nougat that contains a necessary bug fix for the battery problem that was found in the latest mobile OS by Google.
The Nokia Pixel is going to sport a 1.9 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor that has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. Quick Charge is going to enable the device to replenish its juice at a fast rate. The handset is also rocking the Adreno 302 GPU, and it is expected to house 1GB of RAM.
When it comes to core ratings, the Nokia Pixel got 404 for the single-core test and 661 for the multi-core test. As per PhoneArena, the scores aren’t that high because the device is going to be an entry-level Android handset. No other details are listed in the Geekbench entry.
Another upcoming device that was also spotted on Geekbench is the Nokia Ara. Unlike the the Nokia Pixel, the Ara is listed as running Android 5.1.1. Other specifications provided are similar to those of the Nokia Pixel. For its ratings, the Ara got 400 for the single-core test and 664 for the multi-core test.
Nokia was out of the smartphone-manufacturing scene in the previous years because of the non-compete clause that was part of Microsoft's acquisition of the company. Now that HMD Global owns Nokia's branding rights, contract manufacturer Foxconn is going to be the one to do all the manufacturing of new Nokia phones.
While the Times News is claiming that Nokia is launching its new Android smartphones before 2016 ends, PhoneArena believes that the company will not be revealing its new handsets until the MWC in Barcelona, Spain from Feb. 17 through March 2.