Nokia confirms its first Android Smartphone for 2017, launch expected in February

Nokia has officially announced that its new branded smartphone will be powered with Android; likely to arrive at MWC 2017

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    • Nokia to release its new Android-powered smartphones in 2017.
    • The new line-up from Nokia to make debut in February next year.
    • HMD Global, to manufacture and sell the smartphones.

Nokia is ready to return to the smartphone industry with its new Android-powered smartphones next year. With leaks and reports about the company launching Nokia-branded smartphones coming out to be true; Nokia has shared an official slide recently at its Capital Markets Day confirming “Nokia brand’s return to smartphones” in 2017.

Rajeev Suri, the company’s CEO who will be delivering a keynote speech at MWC 2017, the reports claim that Nokia’s new line of Android smartphones are likely to make its debut in the late February next year.

Although the company is all set to release the new smartphones with its brand name imprinted on it, Nokia won’t be manufacturing these new devices. With the company signing an “exclusive branding rights deal”, HMD Global a newly founded Finnish private company has now become the new owner of the Nokia brand.

According to reports HMD Global will be taking over a part of Microsoft’s feature phone business. With Nokia providing license for its brand and telecom patents to HMD Global, the Finnish company will now have the right to manufacture and sell the Nokia-branded smartphones. The agreement on Nokia’s brand and patent is being paired with Foxconn’s R&D and manufacturing.

The rumors of Nokia’s new android smartphones which are encircling over the past few months, Nokia D1C could be anticipated to be the first smartphone in its new Android line-up next year. With the specs already highlighted in the GeekBench and Antutu benchmark, the Nokia D1C is expected to come with a 5.5 inch full HD display with the variants 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset paired with an Adreno 505 GPU. The phone will sport the latest Android 7.0 Nougat and it will feature a 13megapixel rear camera and an 8megapixel front camera.

As the company has officially confirmed of bringing its brand back to the smartphone industry again in the coming year, the Nokia lovers will still have to wait to know more about what’s packed inside the Nokia’s new Android smartphones until February 2017.