22/11/2016 9:47 AM IST | Updated 22/11/2016 10:12 AM IST

Nokia All Set To Re-Enter The Smartphone Market

Launch likely to be at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Lehtikuva Lehtikuva / Reuters

Rewind to 10 years ago and you hardly heard any name besides Nokia in the Indian smartphone market. And after being sold to Microsoft and shutting down mobile production for two years, Nokia is set to make a comeback in 2017 with Android phones.

The company has partnered with HMD Global to start production as its two-year non-compete deal with Microsoft ends in 2016. Recently, Nokia presented a slide at Capital Markets Day, which confirmed the re-entry of the brand in the market, along with a planned expansion into VR technology.


Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri is to speak at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona. It is rumored that Nokia will be launching three new Android smartphones next year. The most anticipated device, with some of its details already leaked, is the Nokia D1C.

According to a recent report, the D1C will have a 5.5-inch full HD display and it will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chip. The phone will have 3 GB of RAM and a 32 GB internal storage capacity. The phone is likely to have a 16 MP rear and a 8 MP front camera. The phone is slated to be released in 2017, so it should be running at least Android Nougat 7.0.

It is quite likely that Nokia will unveil its other mid-range flagship phone at MWC. The company had released an Android table called Nokia N1 in China last year. Nokia has also produced a special VR camera called Ozo. The erstwhile global leader in mobile phone's re-entry in the market will doubtless alert competitors as many consumers have been waiting for an Android phone from Nokia.