Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is working on a number of new phones, according to a certification website. Up to 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 they will be known commercially. But what we now know from these listings on the certification website is that there will be an Android Go software that will power all of these devices. And this means that these will be inexpensive, entry-level smartphones that will have around 1GB of RAM.
According to a report by Nokiamob.net, all 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 single smartphone variants, which means the actual smartphones will be less than eight. Since these models have been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, there will be Wi-Fi connectivity on all of them. Also, the listings show that all of these models will feature the 2.4GHz band on Wi-Fi networks, which is the basic one and commonly found in low-cost devices. It adds to the speculation that eight Nokia devices will be affordable.
The Android Go software is the reduced version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, which is designed for smartphones that have less powerful resources, such as 1GB of RAM. The applications that are part of this software are lighter versions of your usual applications. Some of these applications include Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Google Go, and Maps Go, among others. Not only are the size of these apps relatively smaller, but the apps are also designed in a way that uses less power and puts less pressure on the phone’s hardware, allowing it to function 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 Android Go software. The firmware is basic in nature, which means that there is not much you can do in this operating system, but you can still access many applications that are otherwise available on smartphones.
Since there is a slight gap between KaiOS and Android Go, it will be interesting if Nokia ditches KaiOS to finally make Android Go software ubiquitous on its feature phones and other affordable range 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 happen in December, which is contrary to a multitude of previous rumors that have pointed to different launch deadlines 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 26. The Nokia 2.4 is a budget smartphone that has a large screen, a MediaTek Helio processor, dual rear cameras, a large battery, and much more. But on top of these things, the Nokia 2.4 comes with a pure Android experience, something the company wants to sell above specs. The launch will take place later this week, so stay tuned for more information.