Nokia moves Lumia 920 and 820 production in-house. Leaves only cheap Windows Phones to Compal
When Nokia first launched its Lumia Windows Phones last year, they turned to Compal to produce the first devices.
The main reason Nokia turned to Taiwanese ODM to make its WP handsets – was time to market. Nokia’s own smartphone factories were equipped to make Symbian devices, and retooling them for the new platform would have taken too much time.
But we’ve been hearing that Nokia has been moving its high-end smartphone production in-house all through the year, only leaving only low-end Lumia 610 and 710 to Compal.
Now, according to Digitimes, sources at the Asian ODM say that they do not expect any orders for Lumia 920 and 820 this year. Which means Nokia manufacturing transition is complete. Compal still expects that Finnish company will turn to them for the high volume low-end Windows Phones sometime next year.
But from now own – all the high-end smartphones will be made by Nokia itself. Of course – they have already moved all of its smartphone production capacity to China, so it is no consolation for people fired in Salo or Cluj.
But Nokia still investing in its own manufacturing base and not selling it off, shows that at least the management believes they can get out of the mess they are in right now.
I really hope Nokia is right about that, because stuff like yesterday’s announcement looks more like some suicidal madness than coherent strategy. And my belief that this transition story may have a happy ending is almost exhausted.