Android Nokia Phone Release Date, Specs, News & Update: Nokia Makes A Comeback At MWC 2017? New Devices Rival Samsung & Apple?

By Laine Lucas , Updated Dec 06, 2016 05:27 AM EST

The smartphone industry is now being dominated by the likes of Samsung and Apple, which are undeniably hard to beat, but the earlier top brand Nokia isn't backing down, especially with its plan to release an Android phone. According to reports, new Android Nokia phones should be ready for unveiling by February or March, just in time for the Mobile World Congress 2017.

Nokia is making a comeback to the mobile phone scene after it disappeared from the list of top mobile phone brands in the 2000's when Samsung and Apple took over. Although talks of a new Android Nokia phone have already made the rounds, it should be noted that the new Nokia Android flagship won't be from the same company that introduced then-favorite Nokia 3310.

The popular brand name, after having been acquired by Microsoft under the Lumia family, has been licensed to HMD Global, which will be the company that will take care of the manufacturing of Android Nokia phones and tablets in the next 10 years. At this point, not much is known about HMD Global's plans for Android Nokia phones, except that it will run on the popular operating system and that there could be several units coming out next year. One of the rumored devices believed to be the next Android Nokia flagship is one that is codenamed Nokia D1C.

Rumors and leaks have suggested that the new Nokia flagship will sport a Snapdragon 820 chipset and a camera carrying the Carl Zeiss name. Other reports claimed that there could be a 5-inch and a 5.5-inch variant, both shipping with the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. This should give an idea that the future Android Nokia phones could fare well in the smartphone industry.

Meanwhile, PhoneArena recently launched a survey asking consumes if they would buy an Android Nokia phone if it were to be made available. Surprisingly, the results showed that the brand still has a loyal fanbase as 40 percent responded that they would buy a Nokia flagship and 51 percent welcomed the idea of a Nokia Android smartphone. This should push HMD Global to pursue the Android Nokia brand to do well in the tight, competitive smartphone industry.

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