Report: New Nokia smartphones and tablets are coming in late 2016

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A booth sign at Mobile World Congress 2016 shows the Nokia logo in a file image captured on Feb. 25, 2016. Credit: Stephen Lawson

The reboot comes from HMD, a Finnish company composed of ex-Nokia and Microsoft employees.


The resurrection of the Nokia brand may happen in the fourth quarter of this year, which could make for some really nostalgic holiday gifts.

According to Chinese site ThePaper, Nokia executive Mike Wang confirmed that three or four Nokia-branded Android devices are on the way for the fourth quarter of 2016. The comeback effort would include both phones and tablets.

There is a chance, however, that the timeline could get pushed back depending upon how things progress. It wouldn’t be a terrible shocker considering we’re talking about a new company, HMD. It’s composed of former employees from Microsoft, the old Nokia, and others who are banding together to resurrect the once-iconic brand

The best rumor we have is that the phones will have 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch Quad HD, OLED displays, a Snapdragon 820 SOC, 22.6MP back camera, and a metal build with water and dust resistance. No word on what a tablet would look like.

Why this matters: Those of us old enough to remember the early era of mobile phones may have had one of those Nokia bricks that made phone calls and played Snake. HMD can’t rely on nostalgia alone. The company will need to bring some innovation to the table in a market that’s packed in with plenty of new phone options.

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