New Nokia Phone to Launch Exclusively in China

A screenshot of Nokia's video for its latest smartphone model. Image: Android 5x1 / YouTube

HELSINKI — 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.

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 ($245). It was unclear when it would be available in other markets.