A presentation slide from Nokia’s Capital Markets Day 2016 event has confirmed the company’s plans of returning to the smartphone business in 2017. While rumors and leaks over the past few months made it pretty obvious, this is the first time that the company has “officially” confirmed its plans for next year.
The first new smartphones from Nokia are expected to be showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona next year. According to rumors, the initial lineup could comprise of two high-end flagship smartphones running on Android Nougat, along with a mid-range smartphone codenamed “D1C”. In addition to smartphones, Nokia is rumored to be working on an Android tablet as well, which could succeed the N1 tablet it released last year.
All the new smartphones and tablets will be designed, marketed and sold by HMD Global, a Finnish company started by former Nokia employees. They will be manufactured by Foxconn, the same company that made the N1 tablet for Nokia.
The flagship Nokia smartphones are expected to offer a premium metallic design, IP68 dust and water resistance rating, Quad HD resolution OLED displays, and innovative cameras using “Graphene” image sensors. They will be running on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat platform, with Nokia’s improved Z-Launcher and some other additional touches.
The mid-range “D1C” on the other hand is expected to feature a Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset, 3GB of RAM, and a 1080p resolution display. It too will be running on Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box.