Once upon a time, Nokia was the leader of the mobile phone industry. With a bevy of 4-digit named brands such as the 3310, 6020 and much more, there was always a Nokia phone in every home.
When the smartphone revolution began, Nokia failed to keep up with the new big boys like Samsung and Apple. A partnership with Microsoft for the Lumia was the company’s attempt to stay fighting, but it fell short too.
Having take some time off to apparently re-strategize, Nokia is ready to return to the industry. The announcement was made at Nokia’s Capital Markets Day 2016, with the company stating that 2017 will represent “Nokia brand’s return to smartphones.”
One of the drawbacks of the Lumia was its Windows operating system. And with the company’s non-compete clause with Microsoft ending in 2017, the company is going with the most popular OS in the world: Android.
The new smartphones will reportedly be developed by Finnish company HMD Global, and manufactured by Taiwan-based company, Foxconn.
Rumors are already floating about the company’s first Android smartphone. It is reportedly named D1C. It is said to run on the latest Android version, Nougat and come with 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 430 processor. Other specs of the D1C include 32GB of ROM and a 13MP rear camera.