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Nokia Confirms Comeback to Smartphone Industry in 2017

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Straight from the horse’s mouth, this time, folks. Finnish device manufacturer Nokia recently outlined the company’s future in an investor-focused presentation at the Capital Markets Day event and, as expected, it involves a return to smartphone development.

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It’s important to note that Nokia will be coming back only as a brand, and not a manufacturer. The company will oversee its stake as the owner of the brand and its patents. Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn will be in charge of research and development, as well as production, with newly-formed HMD Global in charge of tying it all up.

Related: Senior Microsoft Exec Confirms New Nokia Phones by End of 2016, Early 2017

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As for feature phones – handsets which aren’t exactly smartphones – FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of Foxconn, has already acquired the manufacturing rights from Microsoft. The recently launched Nokia 216 Dual SIM handset is the last Nokia feature phone to come out of Microsoft’s stable, with FIH taking over the reins in 2017.

Related: Microsoft Unveils the Nokia 216 Dual SIM Phone

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According to online rumor mills, Nokia’s new Android smartphones are due for a Q2 debut next year. Gossip points to the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC) as the event where Nokia will be unveiling its new devices. Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will be part of the congress’ keynote address, along with several notable industry players.

Source: GSMArena, NokiaPowerUser

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7 Comments

  1. At long last, the brand that I loved for so many years is coming back. Nung nag windows ang Nokia, hindi ko nagustuhan ang UI ng windows that’s why I stayed away from it. But the quality of Nokia is still there. I have a few friends who own windows powered Nokia and still kicking around.

    I hope that kind of quality is still there. Yun yung tumatak sa Nokia. I still have my Nokia 3315 with backlights replaced with bright blue LED. Pero sira na battery. I can’t throw it away for sentimental reasons. It’s the one I gave to my father before he passed away.

    Anyway, looking forward ako sa mga lalabas na units nila…

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