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All you need to know about the new Nokia Android phones

It’s official: New Nokia smartphones are on the way, and we've been given our introduction to the first of those handsets: the Nokia 6. Here’s all we know, including the remaining Nokia Android phones’ release date, specs, price, as well as all the latest news and rumours.

(Update: 14 February 2017): According to prolific tipster Evan Blass, Nokia plans to launch three devices – the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 (already announced for China) – for Europe at MWC 2017, as well as a Nokia 3310 homage.

In December, we heard official word that new Nokia handsets were in development, and that they would run on Google’s Android OS. This is a big deal, because it’s been quite a while since we saw authentic Nokia phones.

Nokia started making portable phones in 1987, and became the best-selling handset brand by 1998. But despite strong beginnings, it wasn’t long before Nokia slumped. In 2011, after a sales slump caused by competition from Android and the iPhone, Nokia signed its own death warrant by agreeing a pact with Microsoft to ship all its phones on the ailing Windows Phone OS. Nokia eventually stopped making phones in 2014, selling its mobile business to Microsoft and switching focus to mobile network equipment.

Nokia 6The Nokia 6

Microsoft sold phones under Nokia’s Lumia brand for a while, but that’s basically been killed off now – cue the new Surface Phone, expected 2017. Microsoft’s ownership of the Nokia brand license eventually expired last year, and Finnish firm HMD Global took over the rights.

Now, the company has launched its first Nokia handset in China, the Nokia 6. It's set to go on sale in the country in early 2017, but there's no word on whether we'll see the phone in other markets just yet. Nokia has confirmed more announcements to come at MWC 2017 in February, so we'll have to wait and see.

But there's more to come in terms of Nokia handsets from HMD Global. Unfortunately, it’s still early days, so many of the actual hardware details are a mystery. Here’s what we know so far.

Latest Nokia Android phones news

When are the Nokia Android phones coming out? Early 2017

What's new about the Nokia Android phones? Android OS, 'premium' design

How much will the new Nokia Android phones cost? 'Competitive' pricing, apparently

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1. The phones are coming in early 2017

The first major opportunity to launch a phone, CES 2017, has been and gone, and HMD didn't make any huge announcements at the tech conference. However, it did launch its Nokia 6 handset via a post on the company's website on the Sunday following CES, though the phone will only be launched in China – at least, initially.

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But there's at least one more handset to come, and the next big chance is Mobile World Congress, a similar tradeshow that’s focused on mobile technology. That kicks off in Barcelona on February 27, and is sure to be a hotbed of smartphone launches. There’s no reason why a new Nokia smartphone couldn’t debut at the show. HMD is said to be working on a number of handsets, so we could see a phone that won't be restricted to China launch in February. HMD has already invited press to an event at the show, saying that the company will reveal "the next exciting chapter in the Nokia consumer story".

Alternatively, the new Nokia phones could get their own dedicated launch event, bypassing trade shows altogether.

2. But the handsets aren’t being built by Nokia

It’s very important to note that Nokia isn’t actually building the handsets.

After Microsoft’s ownership of the Nokia brand license expired, new Finland-based company HMD Global Oy secured rights to the brand. HMD has exclusive rights for the next decade, which means no other company will be able to launch Nokia-branded handsets during that time.

On the software front, HMD has partnered up with Google so the new phones will run on Android. And although HMD will design the hardware, the actual handset will be built by FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of Foxconn – one of the companies that builds the iPhone.

3. Nokia is still very much involved

Just because Nokia isn’t building the phones doesn’t mean it’s not involved. Nokia will have a representative on HMD’s board of members, and will set performance and brand requirements – as per the licensing agreement. Nokia will also receive royalty payments for the use of its patents, and will let HMD use its research and development properties.

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“We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown around the world for the return of the Nokia brand to smartphones,” said Brad Rodrigues, Interim President of Nokia Technologies. “The HMD Global team has the ambition, talent and resources to bring a new generation of Nokia-branded phones to market, and we wish them every success. I’m sure our millions of Nokia fans will be excited to see their new products!”

But perhaps most importantly, HMD Global Oy is comprised almost entirely of former Nokia staffers. For instance, CEO Arto Nummela, Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas, and President of HMD Global Florian Seiche all previously held senior positions at Nokia. So while Nokia isn’t technically building the new phones, it still sort of is.

4. We have one name…but there are some codenames for the rest

What will the new phones be called? Well, we already know the first, China-only handset is the Nokia 6. But online rumours so far seem to suggest there’ll be at least two devices. One is the mid-range Nokia 6, while the other – dubbed ‘P1’ – is expected to be a high-end flagship device. That's all we know at this point.

5. Features, specs and design? We’ve got some clues...

The newly-launched Nokia 6 comes with mid-range hardware, including 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage along with a microSD card slot, Snapdragon 430 CPU, a 16 megapixel main camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

Previously, HMD CEO Arto Nummela dropped some hints in a recent interview with the Economic Times of India, saying: “It will be premium quality [and a] design that people will immediately recognise as Nokia.”

Nokia 6

Nummela added the phone would be “extremely competitive in terms of the specifications and price”, and that specs wouldn’t be a focus, saying: “We’re not going to be highlighting the megapixels or gigahertz.” That seems to be the case with the Nokia 6, though, again, there's no way to know what the higher-end phone will come with.

If we had to take a guess though, we’d expect a flagship smartphone launching in the first half of 2017 to be running Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chipset. But that’s all we can guess at, for now.

6. Android guaranteed

As we mentioned earlier, HMD Global Oy has teamed up with Google to launch the new smartphones with Android. That’s a welcome change from the old Windows Phone-powered Nokia handsets of yore.

Android 7.0 Nougat

HMD's first phone, the Nokia 6, comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. It rolled out this autumn, and is likely to appear on many of the handsets launching in the first half of 2017 – the remaining Nokia phone(s) included.

It's extremely unlikely the higher-end phone will arrive with anything less than the Nokia 6, so expect to see Nougat on the next phone from HMD Global.

7. There might be a tablet coming too

Yes, we might see more than just phones at February’s MWC 2017 expo. An unannounced device has been spotted undergoing benchmark tests at GFXBench, with rumoured specs including:

  • 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 4G LTE support
  • NFC support

Is it legit? We'll have to wait and see.

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What would you like to see from the new Nokia Android phones? Let us know in the comments.

Portman

January 6, 2017, 1:52 am

Would't it be great to see the Nokias run on the same Andriod that the Moto X Pure gets...

Michelle Roberts

January 15, 2017, 7:22 pm

will these phones be available to Verizon customers? I am needing to replace my lumia (it is not compatible wth anything) and was going to go to Apple but after reading about the Android phones I would wait but only if it is going to be available to Verizon customers.

Kj J

February 8, 2017, 9:35 pm

hooray! mircrosoft is trash when it comes to phones. was a sad day when i hear that nokia teamed up with them. bad move I tells ya, bad! but now that the are returning with android on their units-joy i may have to see what the offerings look like and can do,

flubalubaful

February 14, 2017, 9:52 pm

LOL Verizon customer. Buy the damn phone and use your Verizon sim card, if it does not work go to t-mobile, they have a better network and are growing unlike Verizon.

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