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Nokia to start production of Android smartphones starting next year

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A Nokia executive from China has confirmed the company’s intentions to launch Android handsets starting next year. There were rumors and speculative reports out there which talked about Nokia’s intentions to enter the smartphone market after its mobile wing was sold off to Microsoft last year.

According to the acquisition agreement between the two companies, Nokia could not sell any smartphones under its brand name until 2016. And Nokia seems to be using this to its advantage and will start selling handsets after the necessary time has elapsed. It is also said that Nokia’s R&D centre will move to the Sichuan region in China, which should further save costs for the company.

Nokia recently launched the Android powered N1 tablet in China, which has done pretty well so far. It will be interesting to see if the company will focus merely on the midrange markets with its upcoming smartphones or launch a high end flagship to compete with handsets from Xiaomi, Lenovo etc.

Source: SC Daily

Via: GSM Arena