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Nokia-Branded Android Smartphones Returning To Market This Year


Nokia is making its way back, initially announcing that it's going to be embracing Android and producing a number of smartphones and tablets over the coming years in May, leaving us to consider what might be coming from Nokia in the future.

Nokia's story has more twists and turns than a mountain pass, with an equal number of ups and downs. The announcement that we'll be seeing Nokia branded phones once again is certainly exciting, so we'll be keeping our ear to the ground and reporting on all the different strands of this story.

According to a report by Chinese news firm The Paper, the Nokia China President Mike Wang has confirmed that there will be three to four Nokia-branded devices that will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year. These devices will include both smartphones and tablets.

Under the deal between Microsoft and Nokia, the latter was restricted from launching devices under its brand name till the last quarter of 2016. It seems as if Nokia is extremely keen to re-enter its lost territory.

It should be noted that these devices will not be manufactured at the plants where Nokia's earlier smartphones were manufactured, and as per the company's brand licensing deal, the products will be manufactured by Finnish company HMD Global. Nokia, earlier this year, had granted HMD Global the exclusive license to create Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years.

In July, rumours suggested that two Nokia-branded Android phones made by Finland's HMD Global might be soon making their way to the market. The leaks suggested that the 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch phones will sport 2K resolution (QHD) displays and will come with IP68 certification, which effectively means they will be highly resistant to water and dust on the similar lines to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7.

Although Nokia plans to unveil its new Android devices during the fourth quarter of 2016, it's worth pointing out that the actual launch may stretch on to early 2017, depending on testing and development.

We're looking forward to seeing how the Nokia brand blends with Android, but the prospect holds great promise. In an increasingly competitive smartphone market, however, it remains to be seen whether Nokia will be able to relive its glory days.