Microsoft is teasing a new Nokia device launch for Tuesday (updated)
A countdown clock on the Conversations with Nokia blog displays less than a day left until something is to be revealed. The teaser consists of a couple of cryptic statements to what will be shown but we are told to check back at 8am London, 10am Finland and 12.30pm New Delhi to find out what the big secret is.
The Nokia teaser is headlined with the rather bold statement that what will be revealed represents “The Next Generation…” alongside the green shaded picture above. Furthermore, in a subtitle, we are told that “Sometimes we have to go back, to move forward.”
What can these clues mean dear readers? Various comments upon the Nokia blog put forward a multitude of theories but the two dominant threads involve:
- The Nokia X2: This would be a next generation Nokia X. A leak a month ago suggested that this latest Nokia Android smartphone would be a 4.3-inch device with 480 x 800 pixel display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera, 4GB storage and Android 4.3.
The Nokia X2 is expected to help the firm push further into the emerging markets where smartphone ownership is booming.
- Windows Phone 8.1 availability: This, as the focus of the Nokia teaser, doesn’t make so much sense from the hints/clues given. However the updated Windows Phone OS is indeed expected to arrive tomorrow as was officially revealed by Microsoft. So at least the timing is right. But this teaser doesn’t look like it concerns the mobile OS.
Or something like the YotaPhone?
Both of those theories for the Nokia tease could well be wrong of course. I really do find it headscratchingly puzzling why either of them would tie into the clue of “Sometimes we have to go back, to move forward.” To me that hints at harking back to old mobiles like the flip-phone or clamshell design. Or it could mean that there’s a smartphone coming with front and back displays – like the YotaPhone, for example.
At the time of writing we have only 17 hours to wait…
UPDATE – 24th June 2014:
The news is indeed the Nokia X2 Android smartphone launch.