Nokia schedules London launch, jumping on the James Bond bandwagon

HMD Global, manufacturer of Nokia smartphones, has invited the press to an event on 19 March, to be held in London. The event is likely to be a replacement for the cancelled Mobile World Congress launch.

But Nokia appears getting caught up in James Bond fever, with Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD Global sharing a revealing Tweet, with familiar James Bond-style graphics.

Exactly what HMD Global is going to launch we don’t know. The new Nokia phones have been kept under-wraps compared to some of the extensive leaks that other brands have seen.

There’s long been talk of a Nokia 8.2 – an affordable 5G handset, likely running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765. Affordable 5G has been talked about a lot by Nokia so we expect that to be well on the agenda.

We’ve also seen a leak of what we think is the next Nokia Original, a rebooted retro phone – and this time it looks like the Xpress Music is the focus. A feature phone with music credentials like the model from 2007.

There have also been leaks of mid-range updates, while the true flagship replacement – the Nokia 9.2 PureView – is reportedly being launched later in the year. 

This also isn’t the first we’ve heard about James Bond and Nokia, with reports that Nokia has been filming a James Bond-style advert in London with Lashana Lynch. With No Time to Die due to open on 3 April 2020, it looks like there could be some Nokia phones in it too.

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