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Nokia to return in mobile space with two Android N powered devices by end of 2016

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The Nokia brand, as rumoured, is returning to the mobile space to make Android-powered phones and tablets. The news was confirmed yesterday morning in a press release from the company, which is now owned by HMD, a new company setup to enable the proliferation of Nokia-branded phones and tablets.

Here’s the official statement from HMD: “HMD has been founded to provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones and tablets. To complete its portfolio of Nokia branding rights, HMD announced today that it has conditionally agreed to acquire from Microsoft the rights to use the Nokia brand on feature phones, and certain related design rights. The Microsoft transaction is expected to close in H2 2016. Together these agreements would make HMD the sole global licensee for all types of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets. HMD intends to invest over USD 500 million over the next three years to support the global marketing of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, funded via its investors and profits from the acquired feature phone business.”

Microsoft’s Nokia “Collaboration” will apparently end in the second half of 2016, leaving the market wide open for new Nokia handsets. Nokia will not be investing any money in the project but it will receive royalties and sit on the board of HMD’s directors. Quite a few of Nokia’s old top brass will be returning to the fold as well.

“This agreement will give HMD full operational control of sales, marketing and distribution of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, with exclusive access to the pre-eminent global sales and distribution network to be acquired from Microsoft by FIH, access to FIH’s world-leading device manufacturing, supply chain and engineering capabilities, and to its growing suite of proprietary mobile technologies and components,” said HMD in a press release.

Source: Know Your Mobile

Why are we excited for Nokia’s upcoming android phones?

Nokia used to be the world’s biggest phone maker. When you thought of mobile phones you thought of Nokia. The brand was synonymous with mobile technology, just as Apple iand Samsung are right now.

But things went sour quickly for Nokia after the arrival of Apple and Android. Like BlackBerry, Nokia moved too slowly and failed to spot the threat to its control of the mobile market and, between the years of 2007 to 2012, the Nokia brand effectively died.

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What we know about the two devices so far?

According to a report by Gizmochina, the phones are expected to be flagship class devices. The leaked photos show polycarbonate shells on the phones, and the design seems to be similar to what we saw on the Nokia N1 tablet last year, albeit, not as large.The smartphones from Nokia will be manufactured by HMD Global, which has a license to make Nokia’s phones for the next 10 years.

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Further, the two phones will reportedly have 5.2 inch and 5.5 inch OLED displays, with QHD resolution. A Snapdragon 820 SoC is also expected, along with Nokia’s Z-Launcher, running on Android Nougat. The final version of Android N is expected in October this year, which means that Nokia’s smartphones may hit the market after the Nexus devices for 2016.

There have also been speculations that one of these phones may run the new Snapdragon 821 SoC that Qualcomm announced recently. A 22.6MP rear camera is expected on the phones, along with IP68 certification and a pricing of 3,000 Yuan (approx. Rs. 30,000).

We will keep this article updated with all the latest news regarding the release. So dont forget to bookmark this page!

Source : Digit India

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