Finnish company Nokia has denied reports in Chinese media that it plans to make a return to manufacturing phones.
Nokia denies it will make new phones
“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”, Nokia said on its website.
“Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets”.
However, the company has said it may look to return to the smartphone industry by licensing its brand. Nokia sold its entire phone business to Microsoft last year, but just months later it launched a new branded tablet, under license by Taiwan-based Foxconn, with the intention to follow up with more devices.
In the meantime, Nokia has already agreed with Microsoft that it won’t enter the mobile phone business before 2016, which still leaves another 8 months in which the company is prohibited in making its own phones.
“It would be crazy not to look at that opportunity. Of course we will look at it”, said Sebastian Nystrom, the head of products at Nokia’s Technologies unit last November.
This month, Nokia also announced that it would take over France’s Alcatel-Lucent, in an effort to boost its network equipment business, and it said it could sell its HERE maps business, which has apparently received internets from carmakers, Facebook, taxi service Uber and even Apple.
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