- HMD Global may launch four 5G smartphones this year.
- Nokia 5.5 and Nokia 8.4 might be among those smartphones.
- Nokia 9.3 PureView is also expected to launch this year.
Nokia became super active and launched one too many smartphones recently. Although none of those smartphones was the Nokia 9.3 PureView or the Nokia 7.3 5G that have been rumoured for long, HMD Global may be gearing up for an eventful 2021. The company is said to launch four 5G smartphones this year, and those might include the Nokia 9.3 PureView and other rumoured phones.
A new report from the Nokiapoweruser suggests that the Finnish company is looking to launch at least four new smartphones with the 5G connectivity this year. While the report does not mention what all these phones will be, my guess is these will include the Nokia 9.3 PureView and Nokia 7.3 5G if not any other devices. These two smartphones have been rumoured to come with 5G chipsets so far: Nokia 9.3 PureView may have a Snapdragon 888 chipset while the Nokia 7.3 5G might use the Snapdragon 690 processor.
While this is good news for people who are waiting for Nokia's 5G portfolio, HMD is running quite late in the race. Many of its rivals began offering 5G phones in the beginning of the last year. Though HMD Global launched the Nokia 8.3 5G last year, it was the only 5G device. I am not saying there is anything wrong in that because Google and Apple too launched their first 5G phones last year. But Nokia does not follow the launch cycles of Apple and Google. Unlike these two companies, HMD Global launches several smartphones throughout the year, something that its Chinese rivals, Samsung, and other smartphone companies also do. As such, HMD's push into the 5G market is not as exciting as its rival's domination.
Besides the two phones that I mentioned above, the report also suggests we could see the Nokia 8.4 and Nokia 5.5 this year. These two smartphones will have support for the 5G connectivity, according to the report. The report further says that these four smartphones will not be launched altogether: two smartphones will launch in the first half of 2021 while the remaining two will debut in the latter half. The Nokia 7.3 5G is one of the smartphones that might launch in the first half.
HMD Global also recently announced that it will launch devices running the Snapdragon 480 processor, which is Qualcomm's cheapest 5G chipset in the series. It was launched to counter the low-cost Dimensity chipsets that are abundantly used in the smartphones in the budget- and mid-ranges. Although the report says the Snapdragon 480 processor might be first launched on the Nokia 7.3 5G, it seems unlikely because HMD's product chief Juho Sarvikas had kind of confirmed the Snapdragon 690 chipset for the Nokia 7.3 5G. This begs the question: what phone will have the Snapdragon 480 processor?
I do not know the answer to that question yet because HMD has been extremely silent on what is planning for its smartphone business. But in case the Nokia 7.3 5G thing turns out true, the Nokia 5.5 might be the one to come with the Snapdragon 480 processor under the hood. Nothing is set in stone right now and we will have to wait for more information to pour in to understand what HMD Global has in store for us.