“The Nokia TA-1207 was previously believed to be the production codename for HMD Global’s upcoming entry level phone, Nokia 1.3.”
A new smartphone from HMD Global has recently appeared on Bluetooth certification database, bearing production model number Nokia TA-1207. While initial reports had expected it to be the Nokia 1.3, new information from the certification entry suggests that the device might actually be the Nokia 4.3, successor to the budget Nokia 4.2 smartphone. The information comes after multiple similarities were spotted between the Nokia TA-1207 and the Nokia 4.2 in the certification, by NokiaPowerUser.
According to NPU’s report, the Nokia TA-1207 features hardware version number 89572_1_12, which is in chronological order to the hardware version number of the Nokia 4.2, which comes with hardware version number 89571_1_12. While the certification also affirms that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, that does not say a whole lot about the identity of the device. However, the NPU report also notes that the two devices in question appear to feature similar dimensions — the Nokia TA-1207 measures 146.6mm in height and 70.5mm in width, while the Nokia 4.2 measured 148.9mm in height and 71.3mm in width.
This suggests that HMD Global may be looking to offer the Nokia 4.3 smartphone with a marginally slimmer body, which in turn might contribute towards making the device feel sleeker on overall terms. The Nokia 4.2 was launched in May 2019, with a 5.71-inch HD+ display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, and choices between 2GB or 3GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of storage. It featured a dual rear camera with a 13-megapixel primary module and a 2-megapixel depth assisting module. Up front, it housed a waterdrop notch at the top of the display, which housed an 8-megapixel front camera. A 3,000mAh battery powered the entire package, while other features included physical fingerprint sensor at the rear, and microUSB connectivity with USB OTG support.
The Nokia 4.3 is expected to retain the budget bearings of the device, while improving upon certain specifications. The NPU report has also noted that the Nokia TA-1207 has a similar battery capacity as the Nokia 4.2, which further strengthens the claim that it is the successor to the latter. HMD Global typically announces a whole bunch of its new phones at Mobile World Congress, and with MWC 2020 coming up next month, it will be interesting to see whether the Nokia 4.3 is launched at the event. The budget smartphone may feature a design overhaul and better internals to offer a more compelling package in the competitive budget smartphone market.