nokia-lumia-1520-review-17With Microsoft purchasing Nokia’s mobile division, many are wondering what will the rest of Nokia do, besides provide services like its HERE maps (which is apparently being considered for a sale). Will the Finnish company dive back into consumer electronics? As it turns out, they might and their comeback is slated for 2016.

This is according to a report from Re/code who has learnt from their sources that Nokia might be making a return to the consumer market in 2016. The company is said to rejoin the phone market and might also dive into other markets, one of them said to be virtual reality. However while this does sound exciting, there are some legal concerns.

For example as part of the deal with Microsoft, they are not allowed to sell phones under the Nokia brand until the end of the year. They are also not allowed to license its brand until Q3 of next year, but apparently this is something Nokia has taken into consideration which is why their comeback will most probably take place in the later part of 2016.

However Nokia’s approach will not involve any manufacturing on their end. Instead it seems that the company will focus on designing the products and then licensing out its design and branding to companies who will then manufacture the handsets, and who will also deal with the sales and distribution of it. We suppose it makes sense, after all Nokia did sell of their manufacturing division to Microsoft in the process, and it would be silly and expensive to launch it from ground up all over again.

In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but the Nokia brand has a huge following, especially from users who grew up with the company’s feature phones. It will be exciting to see what Nokia could bring to the table, assuming the rumors are true, but what say you? Does Nokia have a place in today’s smartphone market?

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