According to an interview by The Economic Times India, Nokia smartphones would be on sale by June 2017.
Now there’s no actual specific mention of actual dates by the HMD CEO, Arto Nummela OR HMD President, Florian Seiche. It’s mentioned in the first paragraph. We can only guess that after MWC, last day being March 2, it could be reasonable assumption to have the phones on sale at the very least, by June.
We are however going to have more of a global availability of this new Nokia smartphone. Unlike the mystical unicorn that was the impossible-to-find Nokia N1, we are hopefully going to get a chance to see the Nokia Android revival smartphone in stores.
We’re going to do our smartphone business in a similar manner, so it’s not going to be any selective market only we are going to be a global player at the start of operations.
As for the range, HMD are going to play for a ‘wide’ portfolio that does not want to exclude any particular market segment. This could mean the usual bread and butter value phones but we might also see some higher end devices that play on the Nokia brand as a distinguishing factor. But will that be enough? Well there’s a big claim that the new Nokias will have the ‘premium quality and design that people will immediately recognise as Nokia’. Pricing wise, they’ll also be strongly competitive. HMD aren’t disclosing specific goals but they’re fighting to be a strong player aiming for significant share in the coming years.