Microsoft and Nokia used to have a very special relationship. Seven years ago, the Redmond-based company bought Nokia for $7 billion, with the purpose of providing an alternative to Android and iOS devices: the Windows Phone operating system. The deal wasn’t too durable, as Microsoft discontinued Windows Phone in 2015 and even acknowledged that Android is the best operating system for mobile devices.
But Microsoft could buy Nokia again pretty soon. The mobile analyst firm CCS Insight makes some interesting predictions for 2021, and one of them includes the claim that a major US company will buy Nokia. Along with Microsoft, Intel is another firm that could purchase the Finnish phone company, according to the same source.
Microsoft remains pretty active
Kester Mann, who is CCS Insight’s director of consumer and connectivity, declared:
We feel that Nokia could be slightly vulnerable to an acquisition,
Microsoft has taken a real interest in the telecoms space. Already we’ve seen two acquisitions by them this year [Metaswitch and Affirmed Networks]… which is all about getting some expertise in the 5G and telco space and some contacts within industry. We believe Nokia could be a potential target for someone like Microsoft.
Otherwise, Nokia seems to be doing very well on its own. The 8.3 5G model is the latest phone of the company, and according to Nokia itself, it is ‘the only gadget you’ll ever need’. The phone assures an expert touch for its videos with the built-in ZEISS cinematic effects. The user can also add anamorphic and blue flares to his footage. Nokia 8.3 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 765G chipset, it runs on Android 10 or Android One, and it’s packing some powerful cameras – 64MP for the quad-camera setup and 24 MP for the front snapper.
Ultimately, only time will tell for sure if Microsoft will indeed decide to purchase Nokia.