Qualcomm recently launched its latest midrange processor, called the Snapdragon 710 that serves as a bridge between the mid-range 600 series and the flagship 800 series. Xiaomi’s Mi 8 SE is the only device that runs on a Snapdragon 710 for now, but HMD is also highly likely to launch a new Nokia phone that uses this chipset.
HMD’s lineup mostly consists of midrange devices, the Snapdragon 710 is an excellent chipset to produce a low-cost device with advanced features such as hardware-level AI, massive performance boost over the Snapdragon 660, and more efficiency.
A noted leaker, known as Roland Quandt, says that Nokia will be launching a 710-powered device soon under the codename “Phoenix”.
HMD/Nokia Mobile is working on a Snapdragon 710 based device to be released in the autumn/winter 2018 timeframe. Codename is "Phoenix". Oh and btw, the Google SDM710 based device apparently is called "Bonito".
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 4, 2018
A Midrange Pixel Phone?
Due to its robust design and value for money characteristic, the 710 is an important chipset which will become much more common in the coming months. No wonder Google is also launching a midrange Pixel phone, that will support AI-photography and flagship features for a lower price than the company’s flagship Pixel line up.
The Snapdragon 710’s performance lies somewhere between a Snapdragon 660 and the flagship duo Snapdragon 835/845. So Nokia’s upcoming smartphone, running the 710, is expected to be the 2018 upgrade of the Nokia 7 – it is likely to be named Nokia 7.1 by HMD Global.
Additionally, as the leaker mentioned above, the upcoming Google phone’s code name has also been leaked, it is currently named “Bonito”. So if a device called “Bonito” appears in benchmark listings in the coming days, it is going to be Google’s upcoming midranger.
Same goes for “Phoenix”, Nokia’s upcoming device. With 710 launched, we will soon be able to get flagship-grade features and high tier performance on cheaper, midrange devices.