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Finland's HMD to launch new Nokia phone to run on Android

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Associated Press

Helsinki | Mon, January 9, 2017 | 05:31 pm
Finland's HMD to launch new Nokia phone to run on Android

Finland-based HMD Global says it's launching its first smartphone — the Nokia 6 — in China. (shutterstock.com/OlegDoroshin/File)

The Nokia mobile phone is coming back.

Finland-based HMD Global says it's launching its first smartphone — the Nokia 6 — in China, under license from the network provider —once the world's top cellphone maker.

The aluminum handset, with a 5.5-inch screen, will be the first Nokia to run the Android operating system.

(Read also: Android-powered Nokia smartphones coming early 2017)

HMD Global, the licensee of the Nokia brand for cellphones and tablets, said Sunday it chose to launch in China — with more than 550 million smartphone users — because of a "desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world."

The Nokia 6 will be available in early 2017 at an approximate price of 1,699 yuan (US$245). It was unclear when it would be available in other markets.

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