Microsoft exec confirms new Nokia phones incoming

Nokias CEO is speaking at a MWC 2017 keynote and now James Rutherfoord, CEO of Microsoft Asia-Pacific says that HMD is planning several phone launches for this year and the next. HMD Global is the company that acquired the rights to manufacture Nokia-branded phones from Microsoft and has partnered with the real Nokia.

According to the Vietnamese publication that quoted the Rutherfoord two new Nokia phones will come out by the end of the year and at least two smartphones in early Q2 of next year. The distinction suggests that the new phones this year will be feature phones.

The Vietnamese connection is via FIH Mobile, a Foxconn subsidiary. It took over the local feature phone factory (formerly run by Nokia then Microsoft). So it looks like FIH will put out two Nokia feature pohnes this year, while HMD is busy working on feature phones for April/May 2017. There is a tablet on the way too.