Nokia-branded Android phones officially confirmed for release in 2017

Nokia-branded Android phones officially confirmed for release in 2017
When Microsoft bought the Devices & Services division of Nokia, and then subsequently ran it into the ground, it placed a contract clause that no Nokia-branded phones can be released up to 30 months after the deal. Well, that quarantine period came and went back in September, and the Nokia logo may soon feature prominently on Android phones via a somewhat convoluted release scheme.

Back in the spring, Microsoft Mobile sold the rights to use the Nokia brand to a newly formed Finnish consortium, HMD Global, and these guys recently hired the largest independent advertising firm in the UK to (nudge, wink) market upcoming Nokia phones. Just a few days ago, we also learned that HMD Global will have a presence at the MWC 2017 expo for the first time, too.

Well, no more nudging and winks needed, as HMD Global just put out a press release, announcing that it is the beneficiary of a 10-year exclusive brand licensing agreement over Nokia phones, which includes ownership of the current feature phone business, too. Thus, Nokia's handset business is finally back in Finland, and the folks from HMD confirmed "new Nokia smartphones on Android operating system available in H1 2017." These phones may be the two 5.1" and 5.5" handsets rumored for MWC unveiling. The larger D1C could eventually have a 1080p panel, midrange Snapdragon chipseet, 3 GB RAM and a 16 MP camera, while HMD promised more models to come later in the year.

The HMD team are no spring chickens, too, and include former Nokia bosses, as well as an ex-Foxconn International CEO for the production and support part of the equation, while a partnership with Google regarding Android is also mentioned in the presser. Nokia Technologies (what's left of the company that was before Microsoft stepped in) already congratulated HMD for the return-to-market undertaking, and, in the excited words of HMD's CEO Arto Nummela:

PhoneArena is on Instagram. Follow us to stay updated with fresh news and flashy media from the world of mobile!

source: HMD



1. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Now officially welcome back Nokia! Best of luck for the future:)

2. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Nokia connecting people

3. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Nokia might steal the show at MWC '17

4. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Yes hope so im damn excited.

5. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They should bring new things or they're just going to be another android manufacturer. Hey android, how about bring the double micro-sd slot that vaporware saygus promised to people? Or that 6000mah battery gionee marathon can't give to the international market? Or maybe make a compact phone with monster specs that can rival xperia and iphones?

6. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

*android nokia. Damn it.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Return of the King.

8. yemkoid

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Bring us back our trusted Carl Zeiss optics with some software tweaks assisted by xenon flash, the latest Qualcomm chipsets, good and reliable battery and still maintaining good build quality clear black super Amoled display... Wlcm back Nokia

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Worthy successor of Lumia 1020 please.

10. jimjam unregistered

Its about time Need a fantastic pureview flagship, large sensor, with stock android.

11. jimjam unregistered

They would be serious competition in Europe if they launched a flagship masterpiece and the Us will soon be drooling over it.

12. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Return of the fallen

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless