The first new Nokia phone is expected to hit the shelves as early as March 2017.
(CCM) — The Nokia smartphone brand could make a comeback in the mobile phone market as early as spring 2017, according to a Tech Times report. The Nokia phone brand's new parent company, Finland-based HMD Global, has confirmed its presence at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona as a precursor to the launch of at least one Nokia device, the report claims. Nokia has signed a non-compete clause with former owner Microsoft that is believed to expire at the end of 2016. Under the new arrangements, Nokia has ditched Microsoft's Windows Phone software, and all new Nokia-branded devices will run Google's Android operating system. The phones will be designed by HMD Global, but manufactured by Taiwan-based Foxconn — the same company that makes Apple's iPhone and iPad, Amazon's Kindle, Sony's PlayStation 4, and Microsoft's Xbox One.
The first new Nokia phone is rumored to be called the Nokia D1C and is expected to be available in three colors: white, gold, and black. Information from Geekbench suggests that the device will come with Android 7 Nougat out of the box and will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor, feature a 1080p display, and offer a 13-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It may also include 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of memory.
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