HMD Global may soon launch another affordable 4G-enabled Nokia feature phone

HMD Global may soon launch another affordable 4G-enabled Nokia feature phone
HDM Global sells more Nokia-branded features phones than smartphones every year, so it's no wonder the Finnish company plans to expand its portfolio with new devices as often as possible. The Nokia 8110 4G seems to have been a market success for HMD, since the handset maker is considering launching a successor.

In an interview for DNA India, Ajey Mehta, vice president and country head India, HMD Global, said that his company is “exploring the possibility of launching a 4G feature phone at affordable prices.”

Apparently, the feature phone market share is growing rapidly for HMD Global, especially in emerging markets like India, which is why the company plans to expand its feature phone portfolio. HMD's official claims there's huge demand for such cheap devices and a major opportunity for his company take advantage of it.

We're not really saying that the “banana phone” will receive a successor, but it would not be unrealistic to assume that HMD wants to capitalize on the success of the Nokia 8110 4G feature phone. Still, it's a long way from planning a device and actually announcing it, so let's just wait and see what HMD has in store for the feature phone segment.

source: DNA India via NPU

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10 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great to see that HMD is moving the needle in the right direction concerning their Nokia branded smartphones and feature phones. They are doing the Nokia name proud. Kudos, HMD.

2. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I am very happy to see the new "Nokia" (HMD Global) devices doing well. Both feature phones and smartphones have a place in the modern era, and I am glad to hear that Nokia/HMD is successful with both right now in various and different markets. It appears that a bright future is ahead of them for at least the next couple of years.

4. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. My only criticism is that their lack of a US presence and the convoluted naming they have in place.

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Agreed. HMD/Nokia needs a better presence in the US, and to offer more devices from their portfolio here... and the device naming scheme is a bit off, for sure. They should focus on fewer devices, but with greater distinction between them, so that the taxonomy is clearer.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

I disagree. The naming scheme is as "convoluted" as the Samsung J series or the new iPhones. Furthermore, most consumers in the U.S. don't know the names of HMD's Nokia branded smartphones in other countries like China, and vice versa, so there is really nothing to get confused about. Add to the fact that we are taking feature phones here, which don't share the same naming scheme as HMD's Nokia branded smartphones, and you have what appears to be people complaining for the sake of complaining. As far as their presence in the U.S., it's definitely growing (not that the lack of it has stopped HMD from growing both sales and market share, because it hasn't), but you can't blame them for focusing on markets that they are strongest in, like Europe, China and India, the latter two of which are the first and second strongest markets for smartphones (even though this article is about their feature phones).

8. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Oh, I'm not angry at HMD/Nokia for focusing on international markets... as you said, they are stronger in those markets already, which is fine, and they are trying to be as profitable as possible (which generally means that you focus your efforts where they are most effective). Now, personally, I do wish more of HMD/Nokia's portfolio could be available in the US, but I consider that to be such a minor gripe that I'm not terribly worried about it. I can understand that others are more worried about that, and have empathy for that, but I am not upset with much of anything HMD/Nokia is doing right now. In the states, the naming scheme is straightforward enough... I don't think it super wise to be making "Plus" variants of so many phones at once in the same year, but that is just my personal opinion, and will have no effect whatsoever on how HMD/Nokia structures their naming schemes... and certainly not in the US, where only the Nokia 7.1 Plus sells with the "Plus" moniker, last I checked. So, I sort of agree with both of you, in my own odd way, I guess. I do wish the Nokia 8110 4G was available here, though. Perhaps the successor(s) will become available in the US?

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nicely said. HMD knows exactly what they are doing with regards to releasing and naming Nokia branded smartphones. It’s evident in the growing sales, and the fact that there aren’t reports spreading like wildfire (like the buzzing issue on 3rd generation Pixels, lol) about consumers having issues discerning between Nokia branded smartphones due to their name. But as usual you have overzealous trolls that just have a track record for finding anything to complain about concerning HMD, even something as non-consequential as this. They like to chime in and force their opinion on others just because they disagree with what someone has stated. They even like to change the topic of the discussion, as if they dictate what the discussion is about. The whole point of the comments section is to foster good, respectful communication without trolling or hating incessantly on something that you don’t agree with or like. Your deflection from the topic at hand and convoluted BS complaining for the sake of complaining wasn’t necessary, Mxy.

9. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well said. So many different devices releasing close to each other. I think they should have done a better job at differentiating the names. Of course you have to excuse overzealous comments chiming in with their forced opinions just because they disagree with what's being stated. I know this is a discussion about feature phones, but they don't dictate what the discussion is about. The whole point of the comment section is to comment on the topic at hand or something similar to the topic that correlates to the topic with your own personal opinion. Your "convoluted" response wasn't necessarily MG.

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

The only problem with their KaiOS based devices is that they don't get the equal treatment, WhatsApp are supported on Jiophone 1 and Jiophone 2, yet it wasn't supported for the 8110 4G, this like back to the early Symbian day.

5. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

They (the Nokia 8110 4G's) still get better treatment than KaiOS devices get in the US... they do not allow US-bound KaiOS devices to support Google Assistant or anything that they inherited from the Google cooperation elsewhere in the world, because (I suspect) they do not want KaiOS to cannibalize Android or Android Go market-share in the US by offering features that Google wants to have exclusive to smartphones in the US. Check out what they do on phones like the Alcatel Quickflip and the Doro 7050, as opposed to their international counterparts like the Doro 7060 and the Nokia 8110 4G (or even the Jiophones). If KaiOS had its full international capabilities in the US, I would drop my smartphone in an instant and pick up a KaiOS-based device in a heartbeat, but this simply isn't the case here in the states.

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