The grand unveiling is almost here. After months of rumors, Nokia, a player in the next generation communications space, has announced the first new Nokia-branded Android (News - Alert) phone. The phone has been labeled the Nokia 6, and will become available in China in the coming months. More importantly, though, is the promise of more announcements to come on February 26.
Let’s back up for a moment. If you haven’t been following Nokia (News - Alert) news lately, you’re like scratching your head and wondering what the company known for making indestructible cell phones is doing anywhere near the smartphone market.
Earlier this month, TMC’s (News - Alert) Frank Griffin reported on some key changes that should set Nokia up to be a major player in the smartphone market. The company officially threw its hat into the ring after entering into an exclusive 10 year brand licensing agreement with HMD Global to create a new generation of Nokia branded mobile phones. HMD is a Finnish company that was founded to create phones under the Nokia brand name, which is exactly what it’s been working on, as reports note that HMD will be releasing seven new Nokia Android phones in 2017 across varying price points.
Essentially, Nokia is entering the smartphone realm, and doing so in a big way. Seven phones in one year is a lot to take on, but then again the company does have a lot of catching up to do in this department. That’s why the promise of more announcements on February 26 is an exciting one. The Facebook (News - Alert) post gives little away, simply stating “Get ready! The Nokia 6 is coming to China! More announcements to follow on February 26th… Save the date!”
It can only be assumed that the upcoming announcement will provide more information about the Nokia 6 and hopefully some of the other smartphones that are set to come out this year. What we do know is that these announcements are perfectly timed to coincide with the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) show in Barcelona, ensuring that any Nokia news is bound to have a worldwide, avid audience.
Only time will tell what Nokia has in store for all of us. But one thing is for certain: the company is definitely starting 2017 off right.
Edited by Maurice Nagle