A new Nokia-branded smartphone is now said to be in the pipeline which is reportedly going to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest chip for mid-range devices. HMD Global is the company that now makes Nokia-branded smartphones and it’s said to be working on a new smartphone codenamed “Phoenix” that it’s likely going to launch by the fall this year. Qualcomm recently announced its Snapdragon 710 mobile platform which it has developed to bring premium features to affordable devices.
Built on the 10nm process technology, the Snapdragon 710 has custom Kryo 360 CPU cores in a 2+6 configuration with two high performance 2.2GHz CPUs and six smaller 1.7GHz cores focused on energy efficiency. It also features Adreno 616 graphics, Hexagon 685 DSP, Spectra 250 dual ISP, and Aqstic Audio. Qualcomm’s X15 LTE modem is part of this new platform as well.
The report mentions that HMD Global is thinking of launching this device in autumn/winter this year. It’s unclear what this device might be called, it could be launched as a “Plus” variant of an existing device but that’s just pure speculation at this point in time.
It’s not the only company believed to be working on a new smartphone based on the Snapdragon 710 platform. Google is expected to be developing an affordable Snapdragon 710-based Pixel smartphone that it may launch early next year.