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.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Youssef Mrabet

    @Staska what do you mean by “because stuff like yesterday’s announcement looks more like some suicidal madness than coherent strategy”?

  • Staska

    Announcing new phones with nothing to ship for 2 months, effectively killing already very bad sales of current devices.

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  • Youssef Mrabet

    I already read those links and still couldn’t understand your statement… It’s not the announcements themselves that were like “suicidal madness” but rather the lack of communication about the release dates and prices.
    But anyhow, your comment is way too dramatic, while you don’t know what’s in Nokia’s plans and in how much time they will really ship, since nobody communicated anything!
    And if you think about it for a while, what are the Lumia 920 competitors? the Galaxy SIII and the iPhone 5! Both it can easily beat specification wise, hardware quality wise, and maybe even OS wise… iOS is becoming the new Symbian, as it is aged UI wise and brings less and less new innovative features each year!

  • cxf

    Staska, is Nokia producing the 920 in China or Finland? Which is it?

  • Staska

    In its own factories in China. Nokia closed all the production in Finland (Salo) and the rest of Europe this year