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Nokia: We want to build new phones, but there is no rush

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Nokia: We want to build new phones, but there is no rush
Like an NBA GM trying to clear cap space in advance of a great free agent crop, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has been trying to position Nokia for its return into the smartphone business. The terms of Microsoft's 2013 purchase of Nokia Devices and Services prevented the company from re-entering the intelligent handset business with its own brand until the calendar turned to 2016.

Waiting for the deadline to pass, Nokia sold its highly regarded HERE Maps to a trio of auto makers looking to use them to help them develop self-driving cars. The company bought networking hardware manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent. As a result, it became one of the leaders in 5G technology. And Nokia Technologies owns a vast patent library.

Nokia, for its part, isn't interested in rebuilding the same smartphone organization like the one it sold to Microsoft. Instead, Nokia wants to turn over manufacturing and marketing of intelligent handsets to a third party while Nokia contributes the design and brand. CEO Suri says that any new phone needs to feel like a Nokia model. "We don’t want to just put logos on somebody’s devices. It needs to feel like Nokia, what Nokia was known for," said the CEO.

While Suri originally hoped to have a partner in place at the end of last year, that hasn't happened. Yet, the CEO isn't concerned. "We’re not in a hurry," he said. "There doesn’t need to be a rush." The executive says that Nokia designed a ten-year plan back in 2014 designed to keep the company relevant. As to when we will see a new Nokia smartphone, that might not come until 2017.

source: Re/Code via Phonescoop

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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 23:20 11

1. rick_mobile (Posts: 324; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


Very good news :)

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 00:14

5. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


This is the dumbest thing i ever heard. Nobody cares about Microsoft phones right now. And their CEO wants to wait until 2017? GG.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:02 12

7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1335; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I believe you are mistaken. This is talking about Nokia which is still a separate entity from Microsoft. Nokia sold it's hardware division to Microsoft years ago, but the actual Nokia company was not bought out. Now they are trying to rebuild their brand and create new hardware that is separate from the Lumia brand they sold to Microsoft.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 03:11 3

16. jojon (Posts: 336; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


get yourself informed before comment

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:29 1

27. Bernoulli (Posts: 4093; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Nokia does not equal Microsoft, by any chance are you American?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 23:33 5

2. chocowii (Posts: 453; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Surprise us. Most of us are fed up with phones today almost nothing new.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:03

19. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


So what are you looking for on a phone?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:40 5

23. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The HP phone it all cylinders for me

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:31

28. Bernoulli (Posts: 4093; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Not android not ios with Nokia camera quality that wow's us.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 23:49 2

3. xtplnet (Posts: 59; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Bring it on Nokia !! We are waiting for you... Show Apple and Samsung how it's done !

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:35 2

10. MySchizoBuddy (Posts: 153; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Nokia needs to show them both how to go from #1 to existing the business. Only Nokia is this unique position.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 12:33

30. Bernoulli (Posts: 4093; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


So does Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, doesn't mean that they weren't better leaders than let's say Obama or Putin.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 00:00 3

4. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Waiting for your Comeback
#LongliveNOKIA

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 00:56

6. cnour (Posts: 989; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Game is over.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:08 3

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2123; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


nokia you have some catching up to do..

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 11:33

29. Bernoulli (Posts: 4093; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Oh look a Nokia executive that knows the layout of their new phone division that can already tell Nokia needs to catch up!

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:39 2

11. SIGPRO (Posts: 1528; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


I would suggest Nokia don't rush, do research and create awsome phones.......come with a big bang! You can do it!

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:04 3

20. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Bring back the Nseries.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:05 3

21. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


E series
8 series
9 series

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:41 2

12. NorthernViking (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


We need the old Nokia quality we remember from the early 2000s. I might be one of the first in line to buy a new flagship model from Nokia.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 05:09 1

17. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1556; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The Nokia brand name is still BIG overseas and among Windows smart phone users. I have always felt that Nokia should have made both Android and MS Windows smart phones back in the days before they sold some of their assets to Microsoft. I think Microsoft will this year stop making anymore new Lumia brand smart phones. instead Microsoft will make "Surface" Brand smart phones and maybe Windows 10 Mobile smart phones a resurrection of the good old Windows Mobile smart phone brand. What have they got to loose since Microsoft's the 3rd tier low market share smart phone ECO system

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:42 2

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The problem was bigger than simply, lets make an Andriod device. They actually went with android first, or looked at it, but they simply did not have the cash to compete and most likely would have went under far sooner. Though its only speculation. MS paid them, so they didn't bleed, then they simply just bought them. In some odd sadistic way, we can thank MS for keeping around as long as they did.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 05:42

18. Settings (Posts: 1721; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Wouldn't be nice if a similar X3 Touch and Type runs Android? Or a basic clamshell phone? I missed the S40 platform especially my favourite 5310 Xpressmusic.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:06 1

22. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Reminds me of Ericsson T28.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 06:50

25. Settings (Posts: 1721; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Back when smaller and slimmer still matters.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:02

26. nitva91 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 May 2014)


What if a situation comes like Google buys Nokia :)

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