After months of rumours and speculations, it is finally confirmed that the good old Nokia – once a king of the mobile market – is returning to the smartphone arena to put up a fight in 2017.
The news was confirmed by none other than Nokia itself when one of the slides in the presentation it delivered at its Capital Markets Day 2016 revealed its agenda for 2017, which includes “Nokia brand’s return to smartphones”. Why 2017? Nokia’s no-compete clause that is part of its deal with Microsoft will go ineffective in 2017 and that’s when the company will be launching its new smartphones – powered by Android. Nokia will not be going with Windows Phone OS this time around, it has been revealed.
Nokia doesn’t have the manufacturing capabilities it once had back when it was at peak of its mobile game and for this reason, it will be getting the production done by mobile phone manufacturers. Nokia will be lending its brand name to the smartphone as well as its patents will keep the smartphones safe from others. It will also be overseeing the development of new phones, which will be made by HMD global; a new company that was created earlier this year. HMD will be pairing Nokia’s patents and brand with Foxconn’s R&D and manufacturing.
One of Nokia’s first handsets in 2017 could be the D1C. Nokia D1C has already been benchmarked on Geekbench and Antutu. The Antutu benchmark shows the phone to be running on a Qualcomm 430 chipset coupled with an Adreno 505 GPU.
It will be coming with 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, and will be running on Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone is sporting a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen resolution, comes with a 13MP primary camera and an 8MP front shooter.
Reports have suggested that Nokia might be launching a second device in 2017, details of which are not available at the moment.