HMD Global is coming to this year's Mobile World Congress to announce a number of new Nokia-branded Android smartphones, with the company being scheduled to hold its pre-event conference less than an hour from now. The next Nokia Mobile live event is scheduled to start at 4 PM CET, i.e. 7 AM PT or 10 AM ET. The Finnish firm already promised an "awesome" conference, heavily implying it will unveil a number of new models meant to be sold in the West starting this spring. The company's product launch event will be broadcasted on YouTube and anyone interested in watching the live stream can do so by referring to the video below.
The new version of the Nokia 6 that HMD launched in China earlier this year is the likeliest candidate for making an appearance at the company's next MWC conference, with numerous previous reports suggesting the Nokia 6 (2018) is set to launch in Europe in the near future. The revised version of the handset is still meant to compete in the mid-range segment of the market but ships with the Snapdragon 630 instead of a Snapdragon 400-series chip, hence looking to take on more expensive rivals than its predecessor did. A new variant of the Nokia 8 may also make an appearance at the event, with the Nokia 9 flagship being another candidate for doing the same, according to previous reports. While the Nokia 7 mid-ranger never made its way out of China where it launched late last year, its larger revision may be coming to the West in the form of the Nokia 7 Plus, as suggested by recent rumors.
Following an unsuccessful stint with Microsoft, the Nokia mobile brand returned to Finland in late 2016 and is now being managed by HMD, a company consisting of many former Nokia employees. The new Android-powered smartphones are manufactured by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Taipei, Taiwan-based tech giant Foxconn. The "real" Nokia is also attending the latest iteration of MWC, having opted to attend the mobile industry's largest annual trade show in order to showcase its latest advancements in the wireless segment which are specifically focused on the fifth generation of mobile networks and its upcoming commercialization.