It’s true, Nokia fans! The former “King of Cellphones” is indeed making a comeback into the industry. Aside from various Nokia devices being leaked into the spotlight, we now have confirmation from a top Microsoft executive that Nokia is planning to release new phones by the end of this year, and “at least” two smartphones in early 2017.
Here’s the snippet from a published Vietnamese report:
According to James Rutherfoord, CEO of mobile device commodities of Microsoft Asia – Pacific, HMD Global (the owner of Nokia commercial rights for 10 years) planned to launch two new phone products in the fourth quarter 2016 and at least two smartphones in the early second quarter 2017.
Given the wording of the report, it’s most likely that Nokia will be releasing “feature phones” this year, then a couple of smartphones the following year. Ugh, feature phones.
As for the “Vietnamese” link, here’s GSMArena with the insider details:
The Vietnamese connection is via FIH Mobile, a Foxconn subsidiary. It took over the local feature phone factory (formerly run by Nokia and then Microsoft).
Makes sense. We’ll find out more details soon, as 2016 is about to close in a few months anyway. Your thoughts on the “Return of the King”, readers?