Nokia staging a comeback: new phones could come in late 2016

Nokia staging a comeback: new phones could come in late 2016

Nokia now looks nothing like the gigantic phone maker Nokia we used to know. After Microsoft purchased the company, Nokia is basically divided in three divisions: its networking unit that is the most profitable and serious part of its current operations; then the Nokia maps division responsible for Here maps; and only then, finally, the Nokia device division.

So far, in its new and independent, post-Microsoft standing, Nokia as a device maker has only released one device: the Nokia N1 tablet. It's not surprising that there are no new phones released by Nokia now: the company is bound by its official contract with Microsoft to not release a new phone with the Nokia brand until the third quarter of 2016. Only then, will the Nokia brand be unchained from the legal ties of that contract, and Nokia could finally release new phones using its own brand name.

And the latest report from Re/code claims that Nokia is eagerly anticipating that date to get back in the phone game with new smartphones.

It's not clear how much is the company investing in this new/old endeavor, but it has attracted some key talent, and work seems to definitely be in progress.

To get a gist of what the new 2016 Nokia phones could look like, one - however - needs look no further than the Nokia N1 tablet. It is different than all of the earlier Nokia products because it was only designed by the Nokia team, while manufacturing and even distribution is handled by a different company (yes, a Chinese one). This is a less risky approach, requiring much less money than setting up its own manufacturing line would, but it's also a tricky one in an increasingly competitive market.

Coincidentally, this is the approach that Nokia is expected to undertake with its new phones: designed by Nokia, but manufactured, sold and distributed by other companies. And if the Nokia N1 was to be taken as an example, it is quite possible that these first Nokia phones will run on Android, a sight that has long been the dream of many Nokia loyalists.

How will all this play out amidst the company's increased investment in its core networking business (did you hear that Nokia has officially agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent for a whopping $16.6 billion?) is quite unclear, but we remain hopeful. The Nokia brand is one that is too iconic in the phone world to fade away so easily.

source: Re/code

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70 Comments

1. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

nokia will be back,bitches...

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

More like Chinese spyware phones hiding behind Nokia's logo.

5. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

considering Nokia designs both and the software and hardware your statement is very questionable

20. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Not the software, only the launcher.

29. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yah, the Nokia iPad N1 really looked like a Nokia design. It will be nice if they come back with the distinctiveness of Nokia, and not as a label on a Chinese knockoff.

43. Ashoaib

Posts: 3238; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I dont mind Nokia's come back but if they will ditch their old customers again in future like what they have done with symbian's customers then I will request nokia to please stay away from mobile device business for good and let microsoft carry on with mobile devices

55. domfonusr

Posts: 964; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Agreed. Many former and current Nokia fans could be reticent about the comeback for exactly that reason... they've been burned once already, and burned super badly. I, for one, would be cautious. I'm not going to jump on any fanboy wagons for a long time specifically because I had to watch Nokia not just fall, but play into the fail intentionally - even hyping the announcements like they were going to be some great happy surprise - but instead of something good we got something awful... we were humiliated. No, I'm not going to throw my support to Nokia again. Others might, but not me.

6. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

It's better than NSA spyware phone hiding behind Microsoft's logo

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

NSA is everywhere, even in your food....

18. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

or that green gobbling looking thing. tell me again, whos in the middle of an antitrust probing as we speak? google is far from innocent, in any area.

61. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Well, you could say that about every phone then. Glad it's Foxconn, though. iPhones and the N1 turned out great this year...

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Nokia is called Microsoft now.....deal with it.

62. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Yeah...dropped as an infant, you were...

66. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

No. Microsoft is called Microcrap and Nokia is called Nokia.

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

But some bitches here are bitching now, especially the dumb one who said "Samsung is the new Nokia now". LMAO... Bitches gonna bitch, I guess.

27. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

You're right. Sammy's much better than Nokia ever was in their times of glory :).

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Nokia is dead and Samsung is the new Nokia now. Just deal with it.

4. MarrianeChing

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

that comment gave me cancer.

7. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

i will donate money for your surgery

9. MarrianeChing

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Can you do it in cash?

14. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

^this just made my day XD

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"Nokia is dead and Samsung is the new Nokia now." You made Samsung sound like some cheap Kimchi brand, really. Don't ever say that again, it's just disgusting.

22. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

That'd be sony, which will soon share nokia's faith.

25. gaming64 unregistered

Dream on!

28. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Sony Sony Sony Sony Sony Sony...and I wonder what dafuq is Sony doing in this article?

26. gaming64 unregistered

Samsung is sh@t and Nokia is the king. Just deal with it.

51. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Why not Apple? After all Apple makes all the money.

63. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

And, at their current rate, their story in the mobile world will end the same way...

69. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You got it right.

8. Arthurhkt

Posts: 713; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I wish they will develop new OS for their new phone, or at least implement their Symbian Belle/MeeGo UI design to Android, i want something new :|

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