It has been reported that Nokia’s Android-powered smartphones may be announced by the end of 2016.
Forbes revealed that HMD Global Oy, a new company founded to provide a home for a full range of Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets, has licensed the Finnish company’s name and is expected to announce the first collection of phones before end of the year.
Images of the upcoming devices have been leaked online, with prominent Nokia logos featured on the backs.
Forbes said the leaked images show two silicon strips along the top and bottom edges, which are likely to offer a radio transparent space for the handset’s antenna. This follows “the design cues of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and allows for a minimalist look to the rear of a device – which feels decidedly Nokia”.
Although the licensing by HMD Global Oy will allow Nokia the opportunity to contribute to the upcoming phones, it will not be involved in the everyday running of the new company.
Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, explained: “Instead of Nokia returning to manufacturing mobile phones itself, HMD plans to produce mobile phones and tablets that can leverage and grow the value of the Nokia brand in global markets.”
Arto Nummela, chief executive of HMD Global Oy, said that his firm would be “completely focused” on creating a unified range of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets that he will resonate with his firm’s customers.
He went on to add: “Branding has become a critical differentiator in mobile phones, which is why our business model is centered on the unique asset of the Nokia brand, and our extensive experience in sales and marketing. We will work with world class manufacturing and distribution providers to move quickly and deliver what customers want.”