Nummela: We are working on different camera partnerships. Substantial investment in IPRs from #Nokia

CEO of HMD Arto Nummela gave an interesting interview for the South African publication GearBurn.com. Few days ago Nummela made an appearance of India’s NDTV in an great video interviw  worth watching, where the CEO of exclusive licensee of  the Nokia brand said basically that they will announce two flagships.

In this new interview with GearBurn, Arto talked about different aspects of HMD’s business. Few interesting things that Arto said are, for example, that most of HMD’s designers worked on “pretty much all the hit devices” made by Nokia in the last few years. He was asked again about a possible Windows or Sailfish OS device, and Nummela responded that the two operating systems currently enjoy less than 1% global market share, and that Android is customers’ choice at the moment.

The most interesting part of the interview worth reading is the segment about camera and patents. HMD CEO said that he can’t talk about the deal with Nokia, but says that HMD made “substantial investment” in “Intellectual Property Rights” (IPRs) when signing the deal with Nokia, adding that they take imaging extremely seriously.

Call me crazy, but I feel as Arto somehow confirmed ZEISS on future Nokia phones. Maybe I just want that too much to happen, and I’m starting to make things up, but read it for yourself. The full quote from the interview goes: “The HMD CEO did however stress that imaging was “definitely” a basic feature in smartphones and that they were taking it “extremely seriously”. He added that they were working on different partnerships that would be announced in due course.”  Could the partnership be with some other high profile imaging company? Canon, Nikon…

Check out some more interesting paragraphs from the interview down below, but I highly recommend reading the whole thing here on GearBurn.com.

These are inside-out, Nokia devices, in terms of how they feel, but then also, the soul,” the CEO added. In fact, he claimed that they conducted consumer testing with the new crop of smartphones, removing all branding.
“Most of the people said ‘this must be a Nokia’… And to be honest, the most Nokia (sic) out of all of this was the Nokia 5.”

“Our joint aspiration with this partnership we created is that we are going to be among the top Android players in the coming three to five years.”

“So I can’t also ask you for your thoughts on the conspiracytheory that (former Nokia CEO) Stephen Elop was a mole?” we asked. “I cannot comment. You’ll have to ask Stephen Elop, he (currently) works at Telstra,” Nummela grinned and answered. The HMD CEO noted that they were actually working with Elop as part of Australian launch efforts.

The HMD CEO cited sinking tablet sales and the popularity of two-in-one devices as a reason to leave tablets alone for now.
“So, we don’t have any immediate plans to look at that. If we do something in that space, we want to innovate.”

Once again, you can find the full interview here.

As always, we want to hear what do you think in the comment section down below. 🙂

  • Rocky

    Since ZEISS still in partnership with Microsoft, maybe they use Schneider Kreuznach optics for alternative

  • Viccky maurya

    Lets see….

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

      I agree 100%

      I’m thinking…. In 2010, Nokia worked on a replacement for the world-class N8, and gave us the incredible 808.
      This means that at that time, over FIVE YEARS AGO, Symbian could allow 41 MPs and in 2017 Android cannot?

      Also, Symbian did this with less than one gig of RAM! In 2017, these phones with 4 gigs or 8 gigs, cannot do it? Really? Think about it!

      For as advanced as bland simple basic Android is (compared to Symbian), it still can’t match it? Show how pathetic it is.

      Also, with Symbian, you could take photos with the flash, LED or xenon, all the way til the battery died! 0% … With Android you can’t. At less than 5% or less than 10% the LED flash, and also, the flashlight do not work!

      This is so lame!

      (I honestly want to copy and paste this post on every electronic website, along with the 41 MP statement from above)

      Symbian was truly ahead of its time!

      • I think they can make it work on Android with some tweaks like they did with WindowsPhonne Nokia Lumia 1020

  • Guys! Correct the name in the 1st line.😊 Arto Nummela 😊. Type Slow LOL

  • Canon and Nikon make lenses for Mobiles too?

    • Don’t know 🙂 Doubt it, but why not start. Arto was corrected btw 🙂

      • I would still stick to Zeiss 🙂 Tried and Tested 🙂 😛

  • Michael

    Is this really a big deal anymore? Can someone tell me who makes the lenses for Samsung S8 and Iphone 7? Leica has some kind of agreement with Huawei and I’m not all that impressed with the results from my P9. Decent results, but not what I’d expect from a Leica partnership.

    From a marketing standpoint, absolutely, but from a picture quality standpoint, I don’t see anything to get excited about. My Nokia Lumia 920 photos were good for the time (and Apple/Samsung at the time produced comparable results), but looking at them now, they don’t stand up to what the camera phones today can produce.

    If they do bring a recognized name, the sensor and software better be up to task so they produce results that exceed Samsung and Apple.

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Here’s a whacky idea…

    The same way the amazing phenomenal wonderful Symbian BELLE FP2 running Nokia 808 (from 2012) had its own GPU and other optimizations from Nokia to enable a behemoth 41 MP camera on it running less than a gig of RAM, and the how the rancid, garbage junk Windows operating system, [the] Nokia 1020 made due with just an S4 choosers, can’t Nokia put in another 835 to make it a dual 835 phone, dedicated it to just camera features, pop in a 32 MP camera in there, and wow us?

    Or put in two 32 MP cameras that share two separate 835 chipsets?

    If they are already attempting to charge $700 for a phone that one plus (5) sells for $480, might as well include it to justify the price, or, increase the price by $35-$50 and sell us something truly unique!

    This will mute all the Samsung people and iPhone people and cause Nokia to shine!

    Oh, and about the battery life? Make the second 835 work only when the camera is activated… Otherwise, no idling, no ghosting, no vampire draining, etc… And please, if any human being has any ties to Nokia, or can have them read these articles and posts, please put in a battery with at least 3600 mAh. Please!!! (I would honestly love 4000 mAh in a flagship)

    I just bought another Android phone for fun, the ZTE Max XL with a 3990 mAh battery, and Android 7.1.1 and it seems to be pretty good.

    My LG X power with a 4000 mAh battery is extremely good!

    I want Nokia to have this!

    This is my plea

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

      S4 chipset. Not choosers.
      This stupid autocorrect nonsense picked the incorrect word.

      ” Proper English is key to success ” (as the saying goes)

    • I don’t think that will be economical for Nokia to include two SD835’s. They will have to design a new mother board two fit two SD835’s then they will have to tweak them so that both 2 processors are active while using camera and only one is active during normal usage. There is no use of two SD835’s beyond camera. The phone will also get chunky and might heat up and if one 41MP was so huge on 808PV what would be the size of two 32MP sensors on a phone. Just imagine LOL. I don’t think that is practical. BTW Nokia is never afraid to take wild decisions and that is one of the reasons we love Nokia. Right? IMO The size of that phone will be almost similar to Samsung Galaxy K ZOOM. 😛

    • apamau

      maybe Nokia could start something like what xiaomi did with their Laser Projector, do it in kickstart, name a price. and if it hit the goal, produce it. if it did not hit the goal, scrap it. We all want an improvised 41mp camera. Continue the legend of N8 and 1020. Let us decide.