HMD Global, the Nokia brand licensee, has been quick in refreshing its lineup. Last month, the company has launched four new smartphones, three of which were updates from last year’s models (Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1, Nokia 5.1), while the Nokia X6 belongs to a whole new “Nokia X” lineup.
Now, new rumors suggest that a new Nokia device is currently in works. The device, codenamed “Phoenix”, will house the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. According to Quandt, Nokia “Phoenix” is set for autumn/winter launch, possibly during the IFA in September.
HMD/Nokia Mobile is working on a Snapdragon 710 based device to be released in the autumn/winter 2018 timeframe. Codename is "Phoenix". Oh and btw, the Google SDM710 based device apparently is called "Bonito".
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 4, 2018
The Snapdragon 710 is essentially a midrange revision of the flagship Snapdragon chipsets. It features a multi-core AR engine for an on-device neural network processing. And the Spectra 250 image signal processor (ISP) will allow it to perform multi-frame noise reduction and AI-guided depth sensing for picture-perfect portrait mode. It also uses the same digital signal processor (DSP) from the SD845, making it on par with the flagship chipset as far as AI is concerned.
Aside from “Phoenix”, Quandt also revealed that Google’s upcoming midrange smartphone has a codename “Bonito”. Just like the “Phoenix”, it will be one of the first devices to feature the latest Snapdragon 710 chipset.