Nokia was once the biggest cellphone manufacturer in the world, but the company lost its way in the smartphone world. Nokia clinged to Symbian for far too long, and never really found its way in the smartphone space. This Finland-based company has made some poor business decisions in the past, and the company eventually had to sell their ‘Devices and Services’ business to Microsoft. Many people thought the company is done for, but Nokia made a comeback and manufactured their first Android-powered tablet, the Nokia N1. Well, Nokia didn’t manufacture this thing directly, Foxconn did it for them. The tablet is actually quite good, but its availability is still very limited.
That being said, Nokia has been rumored to be making a comeback in the smartphone game next year, and the company has recently confirmed that they’ll do that, and that they’ll looking for a world class partner in order to help them make the transition. Nokia is essentially looking for a partner with which they’ll make a licensing deal, and according to a new report, it seems like Meizu might be Nokia’s solution. The two companies have actually been rumored to be working together in the past, and it seems like those rumors were at least somewhat accurate.
Meizu has welcomed back Nokia via their official Weibo (Chinese social network), and that really doesn’t have to mean anything, but this China-based smartphone OEM has also released a separate Nokia-related teaser. This teaser actually highlights a particular date, July 16th, which is tomorrow, and the caption reads ‘the long era of intelligent machines 1110’. The ‘1110’ part might be referring to the Nokia 1110, it makes all the sense in the world at this point. This is, of course, not a confirmation or anything of the sort, but the teaser seems kind of obvious.
As you most probably know, Nokia is not allowed to manufacture smartphones under their brand until next year, as per their agreement with Microsoft, that doesn’t mean they can’t get ready to do so though. Either way, we’ll find out what Meizu is referring to tomorrow considering the teaser is pointing in that direction, so stay tuned for that.