Around a year ago, HMD Global, the Finland based phone maker that got the rights to make use of the Nokia brand name, had debuted the Nokia 6 in the Chinese mobile market. The Nokia 6 happens to hold the distinction of being the first ever Android powered smartphone offering from the once dominant mobile brand, and sort of represents HMD’s hopes of bringing Nokia devices back to the mainstream.
HMD Global, the Finland based phone maker who acquired the license to use the Nokia brand name, has recently confirmed the existence of the Nokia 2 smartphone. Priced at a very friendly price of around $115, the Nokia 2 comes with a 5 inch Gorilla Glass display screen, paired with an 8 megapixel main camera on the rear side and a 5 megapixel selfie shooter on the front side. The device is preloaded with Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat mobile operating system, and comes in color options of Pewter/Black, Copper/Black, and Pewter/White.
Nokia and BlackBerry were once two of the biggest mobile phone brands in the world, but the rise of smartphone giants such as Samsung and Apple in recent years has since seen Nokia and BlackBerry lose their previously untouchable popularity. But to their credit, both brands are still around and selling devices, or more accurately, licensed their brand names to Android powered handsets.
As promised less than a month ago, HMD Global (the Finland based phone maker that secured the rights to use Nokia’s brand name) has formally unveiled the first ever high end Android powered Nokia smartphone device -- the Nokia 8. The announcement was made during an event held in London.
HMD Global, the Finnish mobile manufacturer who has secured the rights to make use of the Nokia brand name, has recently started sending out invites for an event scheduled to happen on August 16th at London. And just as rumored, the company will be looking to officially unveil its upcoming Android powered Nokia flagship offering.
In the last few months, Nokia has been trying to manufacture a comeback for its once dominant brand, with the help of Finnish mobile manufacturer HMD Global, of course. And while the recent releases of a number of Android powered mobile devices (namely, the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6) is all well and good, the company might get a major boost if it comes up with a high end flagship offering.
Nokia and Xiaomi have agreed to sign a cross licensing partnership deal that will essentially have the two tech giants join forces on a number of future projects. Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Xiaomi will be acquiring the patent assets of Nokia. The agreement will also allow a cross license to each entity’s cell standard essential patents. As for Nokia, its end of the deal will involve supplying the needed network infrastructure equipment that will meet the high capacity but low power requirements of Internet service providers and data center companies.
According to HMD Global, the Finnish tech company that is now producing new mobile devices under the Nokia brand, it will be releasing the Nokia 6 in the United States mobile market starting next month. The device, though, will not be sold through any wireless carrier, but through Amazon. The Android powered handset will be offered in color options of black or silver, and with a pricing of $229.
As officially announced by Nokia (by way of a post on Twitter), the new Android powered Nokia smartphone devices (namely, the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6) will be launching globally in June of this year. The release of these fresh handset offerings from the Finnish phone maker represents a sort of comeback for the company, so to speak. But it had some help, most especially from its new parent company, HMD Global, who had inked an agreement with Nokia to use the still familiar brand name for a new generation of Nokia smartphones.
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