It's confirmed! Nokia to launch several Android devices this year!

A senior Nokia executive in China has confirmed that Nokia will launch several Android devices later this year and both smartphones and tablets will be part of the launch spree.

Nokia's confirmation arrives after a spate of image and spec leaks in the past few months, but Nokia fans won't be able to see these devices at IFA taking place next month.

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According to Android Authority, the rumour that Nokia will be launching new phones later this year was confirmed by Mike Wang, the President of the company's joint management team in China. The devices will be designed by Finnish firm HMD and will be contract manufactured by Foxconn. The site also says that actual launches of the devices may be pushed to early 2017 if testing and development aren't completed this year.

Since Wang didn't talk about the design, features or specification-sets of the upcoming Android devices, we'll let you know what we know so far about the devices. According to Phone Radar, Nokia's two new phones will run the recently launched Android 7.0 Nougat OS with Nokia's own Z launcher interface. Featuring 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch Quad HD displays, they will arrive with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoCs, Adreno 530 GPUs and IP68 dustproof and waterproof ratings. The report adds that the devices will be manufactured by contract-manufacturer Foxconn and distributed by HMD Global once launched.

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If the rumours claimed by Phone Radar turn out to be true, then it implies that rather than launching a mid-range device, Nokia will go all-out to challenge premium smartphones and phablets with impressive design, specifications and features. Their success will also depend on how Nokia will price the phones in different regions, especially in the UK where OnePlus was recently forced to hike prices of the OnePlus 3 following Brexit.

It is possible that Nokia may either launch the new devices at an exclusive event later this year or may hold back until Mobile World Congress begins in February of next year. The likes of Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei are expected to launch their own flagship devices at MWC next year so we wonder it it'll be a good idea for Nokia to take them on after spending so many years away from the limelight.

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