Nokia planning to re-enter mobile phone market next year
Microsoft acquired Nokia after they made a sh625 billion deal. The acquisition has disadvantaged many especially the employees, last week Microsoft wrote off the entire deal and fired 7,800 employees.
Currently Nokia deals with telecommunications infrastructure and maps, the company hinted that they are planning to re-enter the smartphone market. Last year the company surprised many after it launched the Android/Intel powered N1 tablet. The Finnish technology icon had licensed its branding to a Chinese manufacturer, which in turn released the tablet in limited markets which is in contrast to its previous products.
Robert Morlino, the spokesperson for Nokia’s technology division elaborated on a possible return of the iconic Nokia brand on a smartphone.
“We also aim to continue bringing our iconic design capabilities and technology innovation to the mobile space, and in the form of amazing products people can someday hold in their hands. However, we’ll do it in a completely different way from before,” he said. He cited the example of the N1 tablet, which has proven to be very popular in countries like China.
“If and when we find a world-class partner who can take on those responsibilities, we would work closely with them to guide the design and technology differentiation, as we did with the Nokia N1 Android tablet,” said Morlino.
“The right path back to mobile phones for Nokia is through a brand-licensing model. That means identifying a partner that can be responsible for all of the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for a product,” he added.
The spokes person provided that the phones will do a re-entry in 2016 because the deal they entered with Microsoft restricts them from entering the market sooner reports Indiatoday.
The N1 is the first tablet on the market to use the new reversible USB Type-C connector; although the new design is part of the updated USB 3.1 specification, the N1 will only support USB 2.0 speeds. In response to this regression, a Nokia spokesperson stated that “our partner didn’t have access to that kind of solution on the chipset that we’re building the device on. It’s just a pure question of having the availability. We believe that the reversible connector is an easier way, and of course the chipset from Intel is quite capable and we wanted to maximize the capability there, but the 3.1 USB capability was not available for this chipset at this time.”
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