According to the latest reports the very first Nokia-branded smartphone is set to be lunched exclusively in China.
The upcoming device reportedly will be promoted in corporation with the local internet retail company JD.com.
Nokia’s team said in a statement that it believed the smartphones “premium design” would appeal to the local market.
The pronouncement accorded with the final day of the CES tech show in Las Vegas, where other new cellular phones and gadgets have been launched.
Meanwhile Nokia have stopped making phones that carry its name but has instead licensed its brand to another Finnish company, HMD Global.
Until now the only phones that had been out under the deal had been more basic “feature phone” models.
HMD Global may wait to reveal details of Android smartphones for other markets until next month in Barcelona
This Android device had been highly foreseen and marks one giant in the space Nokia’s return to the smartphone market after a series of Windows Phone models. Microsoft for the very short period used the brand for about a year after takeover of Nokia’s mobile devices unit in 2014.
Before the arrival of iPhone Nokia completely controlled the mobile phone market, and the subsequent release of Google’s Android operating system.
Meanwhile HMD Global had in the past showed it would release several Nokia-branded Android phones in 2017.
Furthermore the company is poised to offer more details of at least some of the other upcoming models at another trade show at Barcelona in February.
“The decision by HMD to launch its first Android smartphone into China is a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world,” the firm said in a statement.