After its world fame during the 200os, the Nokia’s savior HMD Global revives handset that was the former world’s top seller mobile phone.
According to some report, two Nokia-branded smartphones will begin to be available in the second quarter of 2017.
HMD Global Oy, a Finnish company, unveiled a range of new phones, including a redesign of the classic Nokia 3310, in a bid to win back mobile consumers.
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Presenting the two new smartphones, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, are set to come to market in the second quarter, HMD executives said Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Tech sources said that the phones will run Google’s Android operating system and Google Assist, and will retail for 139 euros ($147) and 189 euros, respectively.
The company also showcased the re-release of the Nokia 3310, a lower-cost feature phone first sold just under 17 years ago.
The release is the first major push by HMD to revive Nokia’s glory days as a global mobile producer. After the collapse in its fortunes, Nokia Oyj sold the business to Microsoft Corp. in 2014, and staffing in mobile-phone operations in Finland fell to under 1,000, from more than 24,000.
It can be remembered that HMD — run and managed by Chief Executive Officer Arto Nummela, a former Nokia executive — has previously said it will invest more than $500 million in the next three years to market the phones and tablets.
The HMD controls the sales, marketing and distribution of the Nokia brand for smartphones, and it can be remembered also that its manufacturing operations were sold by Microsoft to a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Co.
Meanwhile, the Nokia 6 has already been released in China in January, and is set to be introduced globally.
Nokia 3310, which first launched in 2000, has a small monochrome display and became known for its durability. It went on to sell millions of handsets.
And, now its revamped version, slimmer and has a color screen, but many of the phone’s basic features remain. The phone will have original games such as Snake, as well as new features including a camera, will sell for about 49 euros.
The company said, Nokia will now focused on mobile networks, gets royalty payments from HMD, but doesn’t have an ownership stake. Withings, the consumer business making fitness bands and connected scales that Nokia acquired last year, will take the Nokia name.