Two variants of an unannounced Nokia smartphone had been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) earlier this week. The TA-1182 variant of the smartphone has now been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Unfortunately, though, the Wi-Fi certification does not include any clue that can give us an idea regarding the identity of the smartphone.
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The Nokia TA-1182 Wi-Fi certification reveals the smartphone will have support for single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. In terms of software, the TA-1182 will ship with the Android 9.0 version out of the box. The smartphone’s Bluetooth certification, on the other hand, had revealed the phone supports the Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy standard. Going by the connectivity features, it is possible that the Nokia TA-1182 and TA-1153 could be variants of an upcoming budget smartphone from HMD Global.
At the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, HMD Global debuted the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 Android One smartphones. Since the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 only support the Bluetooth 4.2 standard, we think it is more likely that the smartphone certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance is a successor to last year’s Nokia 5.1. Announced in May last year, the Nokia 5.1 features a 5.5-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. We expect the Nokia 5.2 to sport a significantly larger display with much thinner bezels on all sides. Under the hood, Nokia 5.1 runs on a MediaTek Helio P18 octa-core chipset with a Mali-T860MP2 GPU. It remains to be seen if its successor will run on a newer MediaTek chipset or if HMD Global will switch to a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset instead. We can also expect to see a dual-camera setup on the back, instead of the single 16MP camera on the Nokia 5.1.