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New Nokia smartphones coming later this year, exec says

by Jacob Kleinman | August 17, 2016August 17, 2016 8:32 am EST


The Nokia brand is making a comeback, and it looks like the first devices could arrive before the end of the year. A new report claims the company plans to launch several smartphones and tablets as soon as late 2016.

Mike Wang, a Nokia executive in China, allegedly confirmed the news to local site ThePaper. Wang said that we could see three or four new devices revealed in the fourth quarter of 2016, though they might not hit the market until early next year. The upcoming products will be designed by HMD Global Oy, which secured the rights to the Nokia brand earlier this year.

We still don’t know much about the specific devices, but based on earlier reports, HMD is prepping a pair of powerful Android handsets. Both phones will allegedly offer Quad HD OLED displays, Snapdragon 820 processors, 22.6-megapixel cameras, water-resistant metal designs and Android Nougat software. We may get a choice between a 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes, but it’s unclear if there will be any other differences between the two devices.

We’d still treat those rumored specs with suspicion, but HMD seems to be gearing up for something big. Whether that’s enough to bring the Nokia smartphone brand back from the dead in a market that’s more competitive than ever remains to be seen.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...