Back in September 2013, Microsoft acquired the devices and services division of Nokia. Under the contract, Nokia agreed not to release any Nokia branded phone up to 30 months after the deal. Back in May 18, 2016, Microsoft Mobile sold the rights to use the Nokia brand to a Finnish consortium called HMD Global, mostly consisting of ex-Nokia employees and bosses including an ex-Foxconn CEO. The ex-Foxconn CEO is said to be responsible for the production and support part of the HMD Global.
Using the Nokia brand name HMD Global is said to release two Android mid-range smartphones in 2017 as suggested by the earlier string of rumors. We have even seen the alleged renders of the phone in earlier leaks. In the near past HMD Global hired the largest independent advertising firm in the UK to create a buzz about the upcoming Nokia branded phones. The earlier leaked renders and leaks could have been the work of this marketing firm to build a hype around the upcoming Nokia branded smartphones.
We have also heard about the presence of HMD Global at MWC 2017 expo. Now to give a rest to all the rumors, HMD Global has officially put out a press release telling us about its 10-year brand licensing agreement Over Nokia phones including the current feature phone business. The most interesting part of the press release is that it also confirmed that we will have new Nokia Android smartphones to play with in H1 2017.
As we know from the earlier leaks the two new phones may come in two variants one boasting a larger 5.5″ 1080p screen called D1C powered by a midrange Snapdragon 430 chipset along with Adreno 505 GPU. The rest of the specs includes 3GB RAM and 16 MP camera on the back. The smaller version of the phone is said to carry a 5.1″ 1080p display powered by the same chipset along with an inferior 2GB RAM and 13MP camera sensor. Both the models is rumored to sport a similar 8MP front facing camera for selfies.
Below are a few Nokia D1C concept based on the leaked info