Nokia smartphones to be unveiled at MWC 2017


Nokia, the legendary brand known for its mobile phones several years ago, is returning to the smartphone business next year. We've already reported on the matter a few days ago, as a few presentation slides confirmed Nokia's planned comeback to smartphones industry is scheduled for 2017.

Today, we have a new and exciting piece of information for Nokia fans. The Finnish company will announce its first smartphones in the long while at Mobile World Congress 2017.

HMD Global, the company that now owns the license to launch Nokia phones for the next 10 years has confirmed its presence at the trade fair, which is scheduled to kick off on February 27.

The only logical reason that HMD has to attend MWC 2017 would be if it's going to showcase some mobile phones, and since the company is now focusing on developing Nokia smartphones, we expect them to be unveiled at the event.


The only thing that remains to be determined is how many smartphones HMD Global and Nokia plan to announce in Q1 2017 and when exactly they will be available on the market.

We only have information about one Nokia-branded smartphone, the long-rumored D1C, which is supposed to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard.

Nokia D1C is a mid-range smartphone powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory.

It's also rumored to sport a 5.5-inch display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution, as well as an impressive 16-megapixel rear-facing camera.

source: MWC via NPU

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24 Comments

1. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Nokia haters trolling

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't have the slightest interest in Nokia branded phones... though I don't think that qualifies me as being a troll... in fact, no one even posted before you so you've preemptively tried to start a conflict when an argument had yet to even take place. I think you need to take a breather and calm down.

24. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Well said. He is the first to comment. How he has seen comments? Sure he has some problem in his eyes.

2. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Let's hope Nokia can bring back their formal glory to android. I absolutely enjoyed using Nokia phones before windows.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Getting ready to buy as soon as possible after the release date.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Symbian isn't alive anymore, so I wonder how Nokia will get back it's glory in this over-saturated Android ecosystem. Don't get me wrong, I wish Nokia success in their comeback, however I do not think Nokia can re-achieve the might and dominance it once had in the phone industry.

11. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Nokia won't re-achieve its dominance with high-end devices but with mid-range device. Think of Xiaomi and Meizu phones who have great specs but offered at a super low price point. That's what Nokia is going to do. Deliver great hardware like good display, camera, battery life and build quality but not use the top SoCs (No SD820/SD821/SD835...) as well as not use gimmicks like 6GB to keep the price low. Where Xiaomi and Meizu and other such chinese brands offer their devices only in China (some in India as well) Nokia is able to offer the devices worldwide (thanks to their monster patent portfolio). And another important aspect is that Nokia will not just focus on Smartphones, but on smart devices like health-bands, smart-watches and VR-devices as well. And don't forget that Nokia still has millions fans out there (just like me) who would chose a Nokia devices over any other brand as long as it's competitive.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Got to agree with tango_charlie on this one, trojan. Nokia still has a huge fan base(I'm included amongst that fan base, as Nokia is my all-time favorite smartphone OEM), and if they go the route of the Chines OEM's and make handsets that deliver near-flagship to flagship performance at less than flagship prices, they will see success again. Maybe not as much success as before (but who knows?), but success nonetheless.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I can see them taking off in popularity in Europe. Even with Windows mobile on their phones, people stuck with that brand more so in Europe because they love their Nokia.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia will definitely take off in European countries. There will be other countries where they do well outside of Europe, like the U.A.E, but it won't be North America.

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Maybe if they wont focus on the phone being Android and instead offer extra functions and novelty. That's what made Nokia great in the past, they are not afraid to make new designs instead of blank. Almost no Nokias look the same together, sans Windows Phone. Todays phones were generic in designs, few only differs.

21. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I think Nokia's monstrous patents licenses will definitely be of help to them. Many things that existed on Nokia's smartphones long ago are just making their way to the other brands. Things like Nokia's rich recording technology, the version with 5 noise canceling mikes, still an untouched technology today. That's just one of their many old patents

8. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It was definitely better on windows just MS screwed up the whole thing by constantly restarting. Either way the Nokia phones made in Finland are no more. It's going to be made by a Chinese company just use the brand/licensing.

22. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

HMD is like Nokia's smartphone division under new name. The staff consists of Nokia's veterans and even the CEO is an ex Nokia. As for the manufacturerd in China part, I think there is a wild miss conception here. Not all thing manufacturerd in China are low quality, you get what you pay for. Virtually every smartphone in the market today, the low end as well as the high end smartphones, are made in China.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Lumia 925 is that you ?

6. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Its been long

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hopefully Nokia will retake its place, the place taken by Sambomb.

9. shady_maniac

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

will it have stock android?

10. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

As how Nokia became popular in the 90's, they have to serve a market that still needs attention. But these days, the market is so saturated that almost all segments are covered by a smartphone or two. I can see success and profit in the Nokia brand in the future,but not at the same rate as before. What I can only expect from Nokia is stellar build quality (even if it's just plastic) and very long battery life.

12. Knikhil418

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 20, 2016

Time up's for iPhone and Samsung.....cheers up by welcoming back Nokia......

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wish Nokia nothing but the best. I've enjoyed their phones for some time now and still have a PureView 808. But they really need to understand that their name is not nearly as popular in North America as it is in Europe or Asia. They released very few here in the US and they never caught on. Their problems compounded with their all-in strategy with Windows Phone. It's no surprise that WP was more popular in Europe than the US because of Nokia's reputation. Good luck, I mean it.

20. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I am okay that Nokia will restart their smart phone production. It will be better for the end users, because this creates competition and drives innovations.

23. AndroidRulz

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

THE RETURN OF THE KING!

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