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A new Nokia 6 smartphone is seen in this handout image released by HMD to Reuters on January 7, 2017. Reuters/HMD/Handout

Nokia Android phones have been highly-anticipated as their release would mark Nokia’s comeback to the mobile industry once again. The first Nokia-branded smartphone will be exclusively released in China. Local internet retail giant will market the device in partnership with Nokia. As many are aware of, Nokia has licensed its brand to another Finnish company HMD Global.

According to BBC, the first Nokia-branded smartphone, Nokia 6, has been developed with a premium design and the team behind the handset believes that would appeal to the local market. In 2016, HMD Global had revealed that it would release multiple Nokia Android phones in 2017. As the Nokia 6 announcement was made on the final day of CES 2017, HMD could not reveal more details about the upcoming handsets.

It is expected that the company will do so at another event, the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, in February. Nokia remains a recognised mobile phone brand even today and HMD Global is hoping to capitalise on this as it aims to relaunch Nokia Android phones in 2017. The Android market is known for its cutthroat competition and a “sea of design sameness.”

“By building on true Nokia phone hallmarks of leading design and materials, an obsessive focus on the latest technology and solving real-life issues, we believe we have a unique proposition for consumers. The Nokia 6 marks the first step on our journey, with more to come in 2017,” HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, said in a statement.

The 5.5-inch Nokia 6 handset has a full 1080p HD display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. It has a 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear camera is an impressive 16MP. The two amplifiers in the phone are supported by Dolby Atmos audio processing. The Nokia 6 is a mid-range phone with a price tag of ¥1,699 (AU$335 approx). Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on Nokia Android phones.