Nokia’s China President Mike Wang has confirmed that the company will return to the smartphone market in 2016.
Speaking to SCDaily.cn, he confirmed that Nokia’s R&D centre in Sichuan will be at the centre of the effort, due to the rapid economic growth in the area. Nokia released its first Android tablet, the Nokia N1, there recently.
Wang confirmed its new smartphones will also run the Android operating system.
Previous rumours have suggested Nokia’s new smartphones will be produced and distributed by another OEM, with Nokia only licensing their names and designs.
Depending on the distribution, Nokia’s new handsets may compete for customers directly with Microsoft Windows Phones, which draws from the same customer base.