Rumours are starting to build about the likelihood of Nokia releasing two premium handsets running Android 7.0, possibly before the end of this year. Given that Nokia CEO Rajiv Suhri has previously said that it was intending to do so, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise. However, now the rumours are talking about device specifics, alleging that the new handsets are at the prototype stage.
Two premium phones with 5.2” and 5.5” screens are the basis of the rumours, however the screen sizes don’t really make much sense. Either the 5.2” is too large or the 5.5” too small, as there’s insufficient differentiation between them to make sound business sense.
Whatever the truth of the phone hardware details, the Android 7.0 part of the rumour is a pretty much given. How far Nokia will go towards customising the install is a different matter. Its Z launcher is used on the N1 tablet, but that doesn’t necessarily transfer well onto a phone handset. Given its strong brand Nokia could decide to create a near stock experience in order to offer customers the benefit of rapid Android updates, something that would be a strong selling point, even if it means missing out on some of the software customisation of rivals like Samsung and Huawei.
It’s unlikely to take long for Nokia to start outselling Microsoft (aka. what’s left of the old Nokia phone division) but what will be interesting is seeing how ambitious Suhri is with his new phone strategy. If he has the intention, it’s likely Nokia could seriously shake up the Android marketplace by being the new, innovative kid on the block.