HMD Global is manufacturing Nokia-branded smartphones in Vietnam. If you take a look at the gallery down below, you’ll get to see the Nokia 150 smartphone, and a belonging documentation that comes with this smartphone. That documentation clearly states that the phone has been manufactured in a factory called ‘Microsoft Mobile (Vietnam) LLC’, while the address is listed as well. As most of you know, HMD Global purchased rights to manufacture Nokia-branded smartphones from Microsoft a while back, it can manufacture Nokia-branded devices for the next 10 years. Well, it seems like HMD Global still did not make the effort to change the name of Microsoft’s factory in Vietnam, as the company apparently purchased rights to use some of Microsoft’s factories as well. That’s at least what we think happened, it is possible that the factories were outright purchased by HMD Global. The company did not really disclose such information, so we cannot be sure.
The Nokia 150 pictured in the images is not an Android-powered smartphone, but if HMD Global is manufacturing Nokia 150 devices in Vietnam, chances are that they’re doing the same with their new Android-powered Nokia 6 smartphone. In any case, the images down below date back to December, late December, so it is possible that HMD Global changes something since then. Now, to make things even weirder, the charger that is pictured next to the Nokia 150 actually has Microsoft’s logo on it, and is made in China, in a factory owned by Foxconn. As already mentioned, these images date back to late December, so it is possible HMD Global made some changes since then, it’s hard to believe the company aims to keep manufacturing smartphones in a factory that has Microsoft’s name on it, and even less probable is that HMD Global plans to ship chargers for their smartphones with Microsoft’s logo on them.
The Nokia 6 is HMD Global’s first Android-powered smartphone, though the company plans to release a number of Android-powered devices this year. They have already scheduled a press conference in Barcelona, as part of the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC), and chances are we’ll see a new smartphone launched during the event, and it’s even possible that Nokia plans to make Nokia 6 available in more regions as well. Nokia’s event will take place on February 26th, so stay tuned.