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

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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26 Comments

1. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Very good news :)

5. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

16. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

get yourself informed before comment

27. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

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

2. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

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

19. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

So what are you looking for on a phone?

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The HP phone it all cylinders for me

28. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

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

3. xtplnet

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

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

10. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

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

30. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

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

4. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Waiting for your Comeback #LongliveNOKIA

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Game is over.

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

nokia you have some catching up to do..

29. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

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

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

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

20. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Bring back the Nseries.

21. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

E series 8 series 9 series

12. NorthernViking

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

17. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

22. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Reminds me of Ericsson T28.

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Back when smaller and slimmer still matters.

26. nitva91

Posts: 5; Member since: May 02, 2014

What if a situation comes like Google buys Nokia :)

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