Industry rumblings are pointing towards a bit of a Nokia revival in the not too distant future, with the the company’s marketing chief recently insisting that Nokia will “rise again”. Now, Nokia executive Mike Wang, president of the joint management team in China, has confirmed that 3 or perhaps 4 new Nokia-branded Android devices are set to be unveil in the fourth quarter of 2016. These devices will be split between new smartphone and tablet launches.
While the company expects to make an announcement or two before the end of 2016, the actual launch could be pushed back into early 2017, depending on testing and development. HMD, the Finnish company made up of ex-Nokia and ex-Microsoft employees that snagged the licensing rights to the brand earlier this year, will be the ones designing these new Nokia handsets, which will then be manufactured by Foxconn.
The company didn’t spill any details about the specifications of its upcoming smartphones and tablets, nor their targeted price points. However, a rumor that appeared earlier in the year suggests that Nokia is planning two premium phones, which will be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat. The Nokia smartphones are reported to feature 5.2 and 5.5-inch QHD OLED displays, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 22.6MP camera, and a metal body with water and dust resistance.
Along with high-end smartphones, HMD is expected to unveil two new Nokia feature phones in the next 6 months. Nokia also completed a $191 million acquisition of Withings in May, opening up an avenue into the connected halth market. Clearly Nokia is working to get itself back into the smartphone game, but are you excited to see what the company has to offer after all this time?