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Nokia loyalists across the world now have plenty to cheer about as the company, which dominated the mobile phones industry not so long ago, could soon announce its second coming to the feature phones segment. A new Nokia-branded feature phone (or dumb phone) seems to have been certified in China by the Telecommunications Equipment Certification Center (TENAA).

An official TENAA certification listing (translated) cites, as having certified, a Nokia phone (does not appear to be a smartphone) bearing model number RM 1187 branded by Nokia.

Also, the date of issuing certification to the Nokia RM 1187 feature phone appears to be Aug. 18, and the handset certified is a GSM digital mobile phone.

Nokia's feature phone division has been written-off by Microsoft to Foxconn and HMD. This means that the Nokia RM 1187 could very well be the first handset to come with Nokia branding, in combination with Foxconn (FIH) and HMD.

Even the key technical specifications of the Nokia-Foxconn-HMD phone have surfaced, as per the TENAA certification listing. Going by these, Nokia loyalists can expect the following key hardware aspects:

  • 2.4-inches TFT non-touch display having resolution of 320 x 240
  • Probably a single GSM SIM-card slot
  • Built-in antenna
  • QWERTY keypad
  • An ultra-light 82.6 grams in weight
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 16 MB internal storage
  •  MicroSD card slot for expansion of internal storage up to 64 GB
  • SMS and MMS support
  •   Audio/Video Player
  •   Built-in alarm clock and FM Radio
  •   1020mAh battery

The Nokia RM 1187 assumes significance considering the fact that the Finnish company continues to enjoy the loyalty and patronage of a large section of customers in countries like India and others in the Indian subcontinent, which are yet to completely absorb the smartphone revolution.

The usage of feature phones in India is so dominant that the number of shipments of feature phones is expected to fall below that of smartphones in 2016 for only the second time.