Qualcomm and HMD Global signed a patent license agreement for 3G, 4G, and 5G Nokia phones

Qualcomm announced that HMD Global signed a direct worldwide license arrangement with Qualcomm that will cover Nokia branded devices produced by HMD Global. Basically, Qualcomm granted royalty-bearing patent licenses for HMD to manufacture and sell 3G, 4G and what is more important future 5G Nokia phones. This doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing cheaper Nokia devices with MediaTek processors inside, but should give us more Qualcomm running devices from the low end to the high-end class. Latest affordable smartphones Nokia 3.2 and 4.2 are a great example of that. The biggest advantage of using Qualcomm processor palette is definitely in getting regular Android updates quicker than with MediaTek processors. Nokia 3 (2017) is the best example of that. Anyway, Qualcomm needs direct licensee partners to establish a bigger market share and fight of Samsung and Huawei which are gaining on it every year with their rather good processors. This might not be the biggest and most important partnership for Qualcomm, but it sure is a good deal for the future of Nokia branded phones.

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