Meizu to be Nokia's new smartphone partner?

Meizu to be Nokia's new smartphone partner?
On Monday, Nokia made it clear that it will return to the smartphone market once it is legally allowed to do so during the fourth quarter of 2016. Microsoft's purchase of Nokia Devices and Services included a non-compete clause that expires during next year's Q4. Nokia said in its statement on Monday that it is looking for a "world-class partner" to manufacture, market and sell Nokia branded phones. In addition, customer support would be the responsibility of Nokia's partner.

Under this partnership, Nokia would be responsible for coming up with the design and the technology that would differentiate the phones from the competition's handsets. But the big question is, which company will emerge as Nokia's partner? We might have the answer. On Tuesday, Meizu turned to its Weibo page to welcome Nokia back to the world of smartphones. Later the same day, Meizu posted another tweet showing Thursday's date (716) with the numbers 1110 on the bottom.

Is Meizu the "world-class" partner that Nokia seeks? Earlier this year, Meizu teased a phone that would be "Meizu powered by Nokia." That device was said to be called the Meizu MX4 Supreme, and has yet to be announced. A teaser for the MX4 Supreme posted on Weibo in March, was just as confusing as Tuesday's teasers as it mentioned the unannounced Nokia Lumia 1030.

One late thought. 716 could also mean July 2016 which actually seems more likely to be when a Meizu-Nokia team would be announced, considering that the non-compete clause doesn't expire until the last quarter of 2016.


source: Meizu via GizmoChina

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19 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If it becomes true, then it would be awesome IMO. Need to wait for tomorrow.

7. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I dont think meizu is world-class tho. Very limited availability. Almost non-existence even here in SEA. I think xiaomi is better choice.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I think Meizu is world class with their well thought out designs, potent internals and the most important is price afordability... if they will choose Nokia as their partner then with pureview camera, the call sound clarity along with other perks will make Nokia-Meizu a formidable force to compete with

11. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I think pureview technology belonged to MS!!!

14. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

brandname pureview belong to ms, but camera technology used in pureview belong to nokia. they can use pureview technology and rename it to something else like "superview"

18. waddup121 unregistered

Great combination imo

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Meizu produces quality hardware at reasonable price. Their quality is up a notch compared to xiaomi. If this happens Nokia's software with meizu hardware would be a sweet combo.

15. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

meizu need nokia hardware expertise like pureview camera, haac mic, foldable display, motion plus/super sensitive display, wireless charging, durable material, wireless and 3g/4g technology

3. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

If this turns out to be true, we might finally have the "iPhone" for Android as Samsung is pretty hellbent on not making a phone with a non-compromise software

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Partnership with Chinese company always better than partnership with that American m$

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Yeah. Thats why Apple Partners with Foxconn.

17. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Nokia shouldn't partner with anybody. Not the backstabbing US-companies nor the chinese crapware manufacturers. They should have kept development AND manufacturing in Europe where it belongs!

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Oh, yes! Please be true! These two are gonna make a blast together. Nokzu FTW!

9. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

We're all one step closer to the day a Nokia Nexus phone will be made. Maybe in 5 years time.

10. gaming64 unregistered

Symbian on top of Android is like a dream come true.

12. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Maybe symbian belle skinned android would be awesome,of course with several enhancements. But tomorrow Xiaomi will also something introduce. I think Xiaomi would be better choice.

16. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

meego skin would be amazing, and optimization to make android multitasking better.

13. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Wouldn't mind this at all..

19. D.Luis

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I'm clear on my path. No smartphone renovation until nokia formaly release her own piece of technology. If not meets my expectations, i will buy another smartophone near those dates.

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