Nokia's "return to smartphones" confirmed for 2017

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In case you didn't believe that Nokia would re-enter the smartphone business next year, we now have an official confirmation that should end any doubts about this. In a slide from Nokia's Capital Markets Day 2016 - an event held on November 15 for investors - the company states that 2017 will represent "Nokia brand's return to smartphones."

Mind you, Nokia won't make smartphones itself, since it no longer has the required manufacturing facilities. Thus, the handsets will be made in collaboration with Finnish company HMD Global, and Taiwanese giant Foxconn. Led by former Nokia execs, HDM will "develop, market and sell Nokia-branded phones and accessories", while Foxconn is dealing with R&D and manufacturing. Moreover, a renowned advertising agency was contracted to help promote upcoming Nokia smartphones.

One of the first Nokia-branded handsets of 2017 could be the D1C, which allegedly runs Android 7 Nougat and offers mid-range specs like a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 430 processor, and 3 GB of RAM.

Nokia will host a keynote at MWC 2017 (February 27 - March 2), and chances are that it's going to share some details on its next generation smartphones then. Let us know if you're excited about this!


sources: Nokia, PDF presentation via NPU

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24 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I wonder if Nokia had Gone with Android in the first place would things have been diffrent. Would Samsung have become the largest phone manufacture in the world or would Nokia have given them a run for their money? We will never know. But one thing for sure I am looking forward to what Nokia brings to the table

4. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Kind of hard to do considering their phone business was in danger of bankruptcy. Unless some other company saved them.

12. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

@Phonecritic Unless you are biased or uniformed about nokia , the answer to that question has always been very clear... Back in 2011 .. Every Blog , every fan , every analyst , almost all Internal Nokia engineers/employees out there told Nokia to go for android .. But just that the board and elope decided to do it the otherway.. and some people will argue we'll never know what could have happened .. or that nokia was already in deep trouble by that point of time.. true but it wasn't something that couldn't be turned around .. Nokia was bigger than Samsung at that point of time... USA/Canada was always a weak market for Nokia but europe/asia/africa/.. Nokia was the king even till 2012 in many markets Just look at the phones that they launched afterwards and go check reviews ... the only major complaint you will find is No apps , No apps , No apps, Limited features and OS limitations imposed by Microsoft.. Some of the phones even had to use older snapdragon chipsets because newer ones were not supported by windows phone .. while samsung was able to use latest snapdragons Build Quality , Design , Camera - Nokia outdid Samsung everytime and at every price point .. the product was always superior to samsung counterparts in terms of hardware.. Now coming to sales .. If Nokia could make a "new" limited DOA OS ( couldn't get rid of tiles, no customization ) with no apps , No OS upgrade (Flagship wp7.5 phones were not allowed to be updated to wp8 ) successful in many countries you can only imagine what they would have done with android .. http://bgr.com/2013/11/04/windows-phone-market-share/ Just look past USA market.. "Nokia N9 was a major success in 2011 inspite of very limited launch and advertising efforts " It outsold all the windows phone sales combined of that year This phone was the one that could have crippled samsung galaxy's momentum right then and there only if it was allowed to.. all they needed was to slap android on it and update with a new processor and ram.. read Reception, Sales and awards section https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N9 even the most pessimistic person would agree that if not the top android position , Nokia would easily have been right up there at a near 2nd spot after samsung ..

21. rkoforever90

Posts: 417; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

a lot of people wanted them to contnue with meego than android

24. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

You spelled Elop as elope XD I hope that was intentional cuz that definitely suits the line

6. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I'm one of those people who really had a Nokia phone and waited for them to adopt android but they continued to eff around Meego and Symbian. So I jumped ship, bought my first Samsung the Galaxy mini S5570 now with the Note 5

9. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

yes it would be whole diffrent story if they adopted android they even were considering android as thier os

2. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

The Nokia batteries.

3. mobifan

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Excellent news....Hope the devices are excellent too!

5. Big_D5

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

I want one but will wait for something a little more high end.

7. BobLawblaw unregistered

As long as it doesn't look like a 3650 I'll be happy..

8. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

goodluck on the competition nokia :D

10. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

So we get low end (mid range at best) phones with nothing Nokia about them apart from name slapped on the device. Love Nokia (what it used to be) and still have some Nokia devices around the house, but this isn't really the return of OG Nokia.

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Same stupid comment over and over again

15. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

It is an opinion that many people share so it's normal that you saw it over and over again. But how is anything I said stupid? Are any of the devices mentioned/leaked high end/flagship devices? No. Are these devices going to be made in former Nokia's factories in Finland? No, they are made by Foxconn. Will these phones have PureView cameras? No, that is now property of Microsoft. Is Damian Dinning a head of their imaging department? No, he is wasting his talent at Aston Martin. So what exactly makes these phones what Nokia phones were before?

17. hemedans

Posts: 750; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

-yes there is nokia highend leakhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokias-rumored-high-enders-to-pack-2K-displays-metallic-housing-and-more_id86139 and it is rumored to use graphene sensor -no microsoft dont own pureview technology, they just own brand name pureview, remember nokia ozo has many similarity with pureview camera and untill today no camera phone from microsoft, that tells who own pureview patents -juha alkarahu was the one who invent pureview and many previous nokia camera, and now he is back -nokia is nokia, they love to make world first device, when all companies compete each other to make VR headset Nokia take different path and create ozo first VR camera, and untill today no VR camera can compete with ozo.

18. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

You made me save some time. People need to do some research before posting ignorant comments

11. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This so late, maybe will be better with serious marketing.

13. Xperia14

Posts: 1206; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Go Nokia!! I'm waiting!

16. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Not interested in D1C type of devices. If HMD can bring a worthy successor of Lumia 1020 with latest sd820 or sd835 then I am in.

19. monoke

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Hope their design language is squarish corners just like that pic. Just love that look vs the oval corners.

20. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wow good now the mother of all all mobile phone's..

22. jayvie

Posts: 20; Member since: May 17, 2016

Just wake me up when it is done not in words...because it is the same story last year that nokia will be back strong in 2016. Where is Nokia at this point of 2016???

23. johnh3

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Nokia have never left the feature phone business, and recently announced Nokia 216:https://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/216/ So if they add some great android smartphones to the portfolio I suppose they can rise fast again.

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