The Nokia N1 tablet, "prototype" for the new Nokia smartphones?

Hi all, I don't mean hardware prototype, but maybe a "business arrangement prototype".

The Nokia N1 tablet, "prototype" for the new Nokia smartphones?

madbilly madbilly
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Hi all,


I don't mean hardware prototype, but maybe a "business arrangement prototype".


During my web surfing I realised that the Nokia N1 tablet, released in 2014 with the innovative Z-launcher, was made by Foxconn under licence from Nokia, using designs by Nokia Technologies. This is not a secret, I just learnt (or re-learnt!) it. Lots of people on this forum are still looking for support for the Nokia N1 which appears to have been abandoned by both Nokia and Foxconn, but that's a different story.


The new Nokia smartphones are made by a partnership of Nokia, HMD Global and FIH Mobile (part of Foxconn), but in this case Nokia doesn't get involved in the design, unlike with the N1. Instead HMD and Foxconn do the designs together (AFAIK). This arrangement is very similar to the "prototype" arrangement of the Nokia N1.


So what did Nokia and Foxconn learn from the N1 experiment? I assume that what they learnt is that they needed a third partner to lead marketing, sales and some design aspects, which is why HMD Global was created. So far, it seems to be working very well!


I'm looking forward to seeing more great things from this tri-partnership in future. Maybe a tablet? ;)


Cheers :)



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  • mobilecr mobilecr
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    N1 design is better than any of the phones released by HMD so far...Look and feel, hardware and Z launcher...in contrast, HMD only copies chinese OEM designs. They need to hire former Nokia designers specially the great minds behind Lumia devices
  • madbilly madbilly
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    Welcome back MobileCR! I'm pleased to see you back with us.

    I think you're right in some ways about the design of current HMD Nokia phones. People often look back at various Nokia devices of the past and cite them as design classics. I'm not sure which current Nokia models will be put in this bracket. Maybe the 8 Sirocco and 7.1?
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