BlackBerry isn't the only megabrand of yesteryear. We'll also see the first Nokia-branded Android phone, the Nokia 6, released to the wider world.
Nokia Mobile officially invited press to a February 26 event after teasing the Nokia 6, which is already on sale in China, in a video on its Facebook page (see above). "Get ready!" the post read, "The Nokia 6 is coming to China! More announcements to follow on February 26... Save the date!"
Now we know for sure that the Nokia 6 will launch at Mobile World Congress (also known as MWC), the world's largest mobile show, which takes place in Spain each year at the end of February.
And the Nokia brand isn't alone in its quest to return from obscurity. It's here that BlackBerry will also officially launch its comeback phone, known as the . Both one-time greats will seek to reclaim some of their past prominence, which has declined to almost nothing in the 10 years since Apple launched its revolutionary iPhone.
HMD, the company that licensed the Nokia name, announced the Nokia 6 for China earlier this month. Although it's an Android phone, the Nokia 6 won't run any of Google's services, like the Google Play Store, Google Maps or your Google Account -- these don't work in China on any phone. So a global release of the Nokia 6 at MWC is crucial for putting the new Nokia on the map.(See specs below.)
HMD owns a 10-year license to exclusively sell Nokia-brand products, branded as Nokia Mobile. To make matters more confusing, "Nokia" still exists as a separate company that sells telecommunications infrastructure equipment and also the pro-grade Ozo camera. Foxconn's FIH Mobile division is in charge of manufacturing and distributing Nokia phones.
Nokia 6 specs
- 5.5-inch screen with 1,920x1080-pixel resolution
- 16-megapixel rear camera
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
- 4GB RAM
- Aluminum chassis
- Android software
- Sells in China for 1,700 yuan, which converts to $245, £200 or AU$330
Update, January 18 at 10:23 a.m. PT: Added the event invitation.