Ever since they sold off their mobile phone business to Microsoft, there have been several rumours and reports linking Nokia with a comeback in mobile device manufacturing. Even though most of them bordered on speculation, the suspicion was finally confirmed recently when Nokia expressed their intent to return to the mobile phone business.
Speaking to the German magazine Manager Magazin, Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia, said, "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."
As per the terms of their agreement with Microsoft, Nokia will not be able to manufacture any mobile phones until Q4 of 2016. Hence, their strategy as of now is on designing the hardware and then selling the license out instead of manufacturing the phones themselves. Having been effectively implemented for the N1 tablet, the strategy will continue to be implemented for mobile phones and tablets until the agreement with Microsoft runs out.
Earlier, we did a hands-on review of the N1 tablet and were blown away with its superior design, screen resolution, user interface and battery performance. Nokia's penchant for designing customised phones and tablets has remained uncontested, be it Android or Windows devices. We are sure Nokia's return in the smartphone market while operating within the Android ecosystem will be the stuff of dreams.