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Nokia's Android running mobile devices expected in the fourth quarter of 2016 Reuters

Nokia executive Mike Wang, president of the joint management team in China, has reportedly confirmed three to four Nokia-branded mobile devices running Android operating system will be unveiled in the fourth quarter of 2016. These devices include both smartphones and tablets.

The company is expecting to make at least one or two announcements before the year ends, but the launch could be moved to early 2017, depending upon testing and development.

HMD Global Oy, the global licensee of Nokia brand for mobile devices, will design new Nokia phones that would then be manufactured by Foxconn. While Nokia is yet to provide details about the handsets, speculations suggest Nokia is planning a comeback into the market with two high-end phones running Android 7.0 Nougat.

Both are expected to be water and dust-resistant with IP68 rating. The smaller variant is presumed to come with a 5.2in screen, whereas the other one will sport a 5.5in screen. They are likely to pack an OLED screen with QHD resolution. Other rumoured specs include a Snapdragon 820 processor, 22.6 megapixel rear camera and metal build.

Alongside the high-end models, HMD is expected to launch two new Nokia feature phones in the next six months. The latest details have come courtesy of Chinese news outlet the Paper, quoted by Android Authority.

Recently, HMD hired Pekka Rantala as its chief marketing officer. Rentala was the former CEO of Rovio entertainment, the creator of Angry Birds, and senior vice president of global marketing at Nokia. Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global, said, "We know people around the world are excited about a new wave of Nokia phones, and we are working hard to create a beautiful range of Nokia-branded devices that people will love."