HMD Global Nokia phone
HMD Global Oy, branded as simply HMD, stylized as hmd., is a Finnish company that develops mobile devices under the “Nokia” brand name. It was formed in May 2016 announcing its purchase of part of Microsoft Mobile’s feature phone business, the successor of Nokia’s mobile phone business, and a licensing agreement. The sale was completed in December 2016. It is headed by CEO Arto Nummela and is headquartered in Espoo near Helsinki, in front of Nokia’s headquarters.
HMD Global launches its first new Nokia phones
HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones, announced its first new products on Tuesday two basic handsets without Internet access priced at $26 before local taxes and subsidies. The company, led by former Nokia executives, earlier this month took over the Nokia basic phone business from Microsoft and has struck a licensing deal with Nokia Oyj to bring the brand back to the smartphone market next year.
Nokia 150, Nokia 150 Dual SIM Are HMD Global’s
However, both Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM – the first Nokia-branded mobile phones by HMD Global – are feature phones, and not the much anticipated Nokia Android phones. The Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM basic phones will go on sale in select markets from Q1 2017, starting with APAC, IMEA, and Europe. Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM come pre-loaded with Snake Xenzia, and the try-and-buy version of Nitro Racing by Gameloft2, says HMD.
NOKIA’S ANDROID PHONES 2017 RUMORS AND NEWS LEAKS
It may not be long before Nokia, the mobile phone titan of yesteryear, makes a triumphant return. Reports have been gathering that we’ll see up to four new phones with the company’s name on the body in the coming year. While they won’t be made by Nokia, they will be designed and branded by the firm, and are likely to be a mixture of basic and more complex devices.
All we have to go on is rumor at the moment, so here’s what we think we know about the new Nokia phones.
Flagship Nokia phones
MWC 2017 launch
Built by HMD Global, designed by Nokia
Assuming the report is accurate, it won’t be Nokia at the helm of the forthcoming devices’ development, technically speaking. HMD Global, a Finnish company co-founded by former Nokia executives Arto Nummela and Florian Seiche, acquired the rights to the company’s mobile brand from Microsoft in May. HDM has a contract with FIH, a subsidiary of iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, and under a strict licensing partnership, follows Nokia’s design and hardware guidelines in exchange for access to the company’s extensive patent library.
The company will rely on Nokia’s massive and deep brand equity to sell devices in markets like India, where the product line up will be available on ecommerce platforms and in brick-and-mortar stores, including Nokia branded retail stores. HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela had told ET earlier this month that India will play a critical role in Nokia’s “next phase of journey” while the brand will compete fiercely in the global smartphone market, currently dominated by Samsung and Apple.