“Qualcomm is expected to unveil the mid-range Snapdragon 735 5G SoC at the Snapdragon Summit, which is expected to power affordable 5G phones including the rumoured Nokia 8.2”
HMD Global’s CPO, Juho Sarvikas has announced that Nokia will announce its 5G plans at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit which is scheduled to kick off on December 3rd i.e from tomorrow through till December 6th. The Qualcomm Summit is expected to see the launch of new Snapdragon chipsets including the flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC. We also expect to see the Snapdragon 735 5G SoC that will bring 5G connectivity to mid-range smartphones in 2020. HMD Global had previously confirmed that it was working on affordable Nokia 5G phones that would cost half of the current 5G phones — between $500 and $650.
Super excited to join @cristianoamon & co on the stage at @Qualcomm #SnapdragonSummit in beautiful Maui! 🌸— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) December 1, 2019
Join the livestream this Tuesday to learn more about our 5G plans for Nokia Phones! #nokiamobilehttps://t.co/0yEMgrDRB4
Nokia 8.2 is expected to be the company’s first 5G only phone, which is tipped to be launching on December 5th. The timing sounds right as the launch would take place soon after Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 735 SoC. Nokia 8.2 is also expected to feature a 32MP pop-up selfie camera and a 64MP primary sensor at the back. The Nokia 8.2 is likely to run on Android 10 and should be a part of the Android One program. As for the price, it is said to cost around $500 (around Rs 35,000). Unfortunately, nothing else is known about the Nokia 8.2 at the moment, but if its indeed launching on December 5th, we should learn more about the smartphone soon enough.
With Qualcomm’s upcoming mid-range 5G chipset, more brands like Realme, Xiaomi and so will be looking to release affordable 5G smartphones in early 2020. These smartphones are expected to make their way to India as 5G services are expected to rollout in the country next year.
Separately, Nokia will also launch its Smart TV in India on December 5th. It is expected to come with a 55-inch 4K panel, JBL speakers for immersive audio, and would run on Android 9.0 Pie with custom skin overlaid on top. Nokia has partnered with the Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart for the TV.