Last week, a report said that Nokia was planning to return to making smartphones in 2016. In another report, Nokia president Mike Wang was to confirm that the Finnish firm was planning to manufacture smartphones in Sichuan, China. Nokia is now saying that it has no intention of making smartphones.
In a statement made on its official site, Nokia said:
Nokia reaffirms it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets
April 26, 2015
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.
Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.
Microsoft has purchased Nokia Devices & Services unit. As part of the purchase, Nokia had to agree not to release Nokia-branded devices until the third quarter of 2016.
Nokia did, however, release the Nokia N1 Android-powered tablet last year. It did this by licensing designs to third party manufacturers. The N1 is designed by Nokia, but manufacturing and marketing is handled by Foxconn (the same group of factories responsible for the assembly of the iPhone and iPad). Nokia was rumoured to do the same with a new smartphone, but its new statement now denies this.
Going back to the statement, Nokia says that it “currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.” It doesn’t say, however, if this applies to 2016.
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