NOKIA HAS CONFIRMED that it will be releasing its first Android smartphones in 2017, with its partnership with HMD on Thursday coming into force.
Nokia has announced that it has HMD Global is the new home of Nokia phones under a brand licensing deal that will last for at least 10 years. To mark the deal, Nokia has launched a "phones" section over on its website, where it's currently flogging low-cost feature phone devices.
Brad Rodrigues, interim president of Nokia Technologies, said: "We've been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown around the world for the return of the Nokia brand to smartphones.
"The HMD Global team has the ambition, talent and resources to bring a new generation of Nokia branded phones to market, and we wish them every success. I'm sure our millions of Nokia fans will be excited to see their new products!"
There's more exciting stuff on the way, though, as Nokia has confirmed that it'll be launching its first Android smartphones in 2017.
This launch with likely take place at next year's MWC, with HMD Global last week revealing that that it will hold a press conference at the Barcelona tech show in February,
Rumour has it that Nokia will unveil a duo of smartphones, codenamed the D1C and P1, which will both arrive running Google's Android 7.0 Nougat software.
This Nougat OS will reportedly come topped with Nokia's Z-Launcher software, as seen on the Nokia N1 tablet. Improvements to the skin could bring "elements of touch and hover interaction", hinting that the devices could offer 3D Touch-like technology.
The Nokia P1 will be the more exciting of the two. It'll be available in two sizes, 5.2in and 5.5in, each with a QHD resolution display, and will reportedly come powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor and offer support for Google's Daydream VR platform.
In a bid to take on the Galaxy S8, also set to debut at next year's MWC, the Nokia P1 will reportedly have a premium metal design complete with IP68 certification. There's also talk that the handset, along with the D1C, will offer the "famous Nokia feel", hinting that they will be available in a number of colours.
The so-called Nokia P1 is expected to have a "powerful" main camera, although further details are yet to be revealed.
The lesser-specced Nokia D1C will have a 5.5in Full HD display, powered by a middle-of-the-road Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. µ
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