Nokia fans around the world have been expecting the company’s return to smartphones. Nokia is set to make its big comeback to the smartphone segment in 2017. Even while rumours and leaks have hinted at the company launching a new line of Android smartphones next year, Nokia has only recently broken the silence as to to its intentions.
First reported by NPU, Nokia has now confirmed its comeback in a slide presented at the company’s Capital Markets Day 2016 event, which states that 2017 will see ‘Nokia’s brand return to smartphones’, putting all doubts to rest.
Over the past few months, there have been a few Nokia-branded Android devices like the Nokia 5320, Nokia 1490, and Nokia D1C that have been spotted on sites like GeekBench. While these devices have yet to be confirmed, it is now completely possible that we will see them next year bearing Nokia’s brand.
Nokia’s name may appear on the devices likely to arrive at MWC 2017, but they won’t actually be made by Nokia. In May, the Finnish company granted HMD Global the exclusive license to create Nokia-branded Android mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years.
The company had previously tweeted to say its CEO Rajeev Suri will deliver a keynote speech at MWC 2017. Of course, Suri’s keynote may not be centered on announcing the new devices, and indeed we may not see any new Nokia devices at the trade show, but considering the smartphone focus of MWC and Suri’s confirmed keynote, it’s hard not to assume otherwise.
Nokia’s return to smartphones has been eagerly anticipated, both by those nostalgic for the Nokia brand as well as by those anxious to see if Nokia tries to deliver on its traditional strengths – outstanding durability and phenomenal battery life – in an Android smartphone.
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