Nokia CEO talks plans for once again designing new phones

Remember a couple months back when word arrived out of China that Nokia was gearing-up to get back into the smartphone game in 2016? It not only sounded quite promising, but also like the logical outcome once enough time had passed since the Microsoft deal and Nokia was contractually free to enter the market again. But just days later, Nokia fired back with a formal statement denying the report, stating that it “has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.” But wouldn’t you know it – almost immediately after that statement was issued, the company was back on social media strongly implying that new phones were in the pipeline. Just what the heck is going on? Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri speaks about the issue in a new interview, and the company’s very much interested in designing phones once again.

The problem with earlier reports may have to do with splitting hairs over “making” or “selling” phones; instead, Suri explains that Nokia intends to design and license handsets starting sometime next year – phones that would then be manufactured and sold by other firms. Basically, we’re looking at exactly what the company did with tablets for the Foxconn-made Nokia N1.

As of now, it doesn’t sound like Nokia’s decided on who it might do business with – Suri says that the company’s still looking for “suitable partners” – but assuming it can find the right companies to make this happen, we could very much start seeing Nokia-designed phones return to the market sometime next year.

Source: Reuters
Via: phoneArena

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