Nokia said to unveil first Android phones and tablets by end of 2016


The name Nokia brings nostalgic feelings in most phone aficionados and brings back memories of the quickest downfall of one of the world's best known brands ever.

After Microsoft purchased the company's phone business, it signed the deal on special terms: Nokia was not to use its brand for phones and other consumer devices until the last quarter of 2016. As that time approaches, Nokia has already made it official: it will be back in the phone business as soon as possible and its phones will run on Android. The devices that it will launch with the Nokia brand, however, won't be manufactured in the same plants, but instead it will be the recently-formed company HMD that acts as the new Nokia licensee and will acquire the responsibilities to manage the manufacturing of the upcoming devices.

Now, Chinese news outlet The Paper, has learned that Nokia China President Mike Wang has confirmed the upcoming launch of 3 or 4 new Nokia-branded Android devices in the fourth quarter of 2016. There will be both smartphones and tablets among these.

A sketchy rumor that had appeared earlier pointed out that Nokia is working on the launch of two high-end phones. The pair is said to run on the Snapdragon 820 system chip and the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. A metal body with dust resistance is also allegedly in the works, and the two phones will come in a small and large size.

Adding more fuel to the rumor fire, recently, Nokia veteran and ex-Rovio exec Pekka Rantala joined HMD as a chief marketing officer. All of this points to some serious intentions. Would you be interested in a Nokia-branded phone? What would make it special? Let us know your thoughts in the comments right below. 

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