The rumors of Nokia brand coming back to the smartphone business in the near future have been doing rounds for quite a long time. But now, an official Nokia slide from Capital Markets Day presentation has confirmed 2017 as the year of return to smartphones.

In the slide posted below, you can see that Nokia has listed out its goals for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Under the list of goals for 2017, you can see that it has clearly mentioned “Nokia brand’s return to smartphones.”

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This list also falls in line with a recent tweet from Nokia in which it confirmed a keynote from company’s CEO Rajeev Suri at the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona. There is a high probability that Suri might make the official announcement of Nokia’s return to smartphones and might even showcase one or two Nokia-branded smartphones and/or tablets.

In the past, we have already spotted various Nokia devices like the Nokia D1C in leaks and rumors including on benchmarking websites. But while you get excited and happy about the revival of Nokia brand, it is worth mentioning these devices will feature Nokia branding but will not be manufactured by the company itself. Earlier this year, Nokia did a licensing deal with HMD Global which has been authorized to manufacture Android smartphones and tablets while using Nokia brand.

So what do you think of Nokia’s return to the smartphone market in 2017? Are you happy and excited? Will Nokia be able to catch up with other major brands which are way ahead in the competition at the moment? Share your thoughts with us using the comments section below.