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  1. Another luxury company that wants to go with the flow The new Nokia 3310 has been highly praised soon after it was revealed by HMD Global, but many consider the phone a fail since it doesn't really look like the original model, which is slightly larger, thicker and heavier. Recently, Russian company Gresso launched its own take on the Nokia 3310, the Meridian, a feature phone priced to sell for no less than $3,000. Today, another company from the same country is trying to take advantage of the hype around HMD Global's dumb phone, Caviar. The new feature phone launched by Caviar is called Nokia 3310 Supremo Putin, which is definitely unusual since HMD Global is the only company that can sell Nokia-branded phones. Perhaps the Nokia branding is just there for marketing reasons and the luxury phone will be sold as Supremo Putin after all. Regardless, the phone is now listed on Caviar's website as Nokia 3310 Supremo Putin and strongly resembles the dumb phone unveiled by HMD Global early this week. In fact, it also comes with the same specs as the new Nokia 3310 such as a 2.4-inch LCD display, 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and microSD card slot for memory expansion. However, the Supremo Putin features a bas-relief of the Russian president on the back side, as well as “plaques with a quote from the National Anthem and a thin mesh-like engraving, applied to the body by hand.” The Menu button features “a miniature image of the coat of arms of the Russian Federation.” All these are gold plated, and the feature phone comes in a nice-looking wooden case lined with black velvet. Unlike the new Nokia 3310 announced by HMD Global that will sell for €49, Caviar's luxury Nokia 3310 Supremo Putin feature phone is available for purchase for no less than $1,700. We won't be surprised to see a Donald Trump version of the Nokia 3310 either. Source: Nokia 3310 Supremo Putin Looks Unsophisticated, Outrageously Priced at $1,700
  2. Nokia Nseries Could Be Resurrected, New Mid-Range Smartphone to Be Unveiled HMD might make use of the hugely popular branding We're not going to actually include the Nokia N1 tablet in the Nseries since we'll be referring to smartphones only. The last Nseries phone was the N9, which was a Meego-based device, but an N950 model was launched soon afterwards as a developer-only smartphone. However, rumors coming out of China claim HMD plans to resurrect Nokia's Nseries brand this year, and the first product might be unveiled later this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC). Obviously, these rumors must be taken with a grain of salt, especially that they're a bit confusing. Any true Nokia fan knows the Nseries is a flagship series, so it would make sense for HMD to launch a high-end Nseries device at MWC 2017. But the latest reports say the first Nseries device to be unveiled by HMD will be a mid-range smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6xx processor. The only evidence the source of the rumor has is a picture of a promo material with the Nseries logo on it. Furthermore, it appears that the said Nokia Nseries smartphone will be the first targeted to reach 50 million units produced, which would be quite an achievement for a company like HMD that has just opened doors. We don't want to ruin it for you, but this seems a bit far fetched and impractical for HMD Global, as the company need s to make sure it can cope with the demand for its smartphones when they go on sale. However, a new Nseries smartphone is not out of the question, so we won't rule it out for the moment. One thing is certain thought, we will get all the answers in just a few weeks, as Nokia and HMD have already announced a joint event for February 26. Source
  3. Nokia and HMD Global Confirm MWC 2017 Launch Event for February 26 Hopefully, a couple of smartphones will be unveiled Despite the fact that Samsung has already confirmed it will not launch the Galaxy S8 at MWC, while Sony is rumored to show its new flagship in secret rooms only, this year's trade fair looks pretty promising when it comes to new devices. After successfully launching its first Nokia-branded smartphone in China, HMD Global will finally reveal its plans regarding the next handsets that will (hopefully) be available worldwide. Aside from the Nokia 6 that's exclusive available for purchase in China though major retailer JD.com, HMD Global plans to launch at least 5 or 6 other Android smartphones by the end of the year. Will it live up to the expectations? At least two other Nokia-branded handsets might be introduced at MWC 2017 on February 26, including the company's first flagship smartphone. Unfortunately, the expectations are very high now that new Nokia-branded phones will be once again available on the market, and we fear that HDM Global's new product might not live up to the hype. However, it's important to note that the Nokia that once was, will never be again. The Finnish giant has already decided to let another company handle the design, manufacturing and sale of Nokia-branded smartphones. Since we're less than one month away from Nokia's launch event, we won't have to wait too long to find out whether or not HMD will manage to meet Nokia fans' expectations. Naturally, it won't be able to appeal to everyone, but it would be nice to know that Nokia's spirit still lives in some (if not all) HMD Global's upcoming products. Source