Singapore’s Newkia wants to be the new Nokia

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Thomas Zilliacus, Nokia’s former Asia-Pacific CEO, has launched Newkia

A new company in Singapore called Newkia, launched on the day when Microsoft announced the takeover of struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia, wants nothing less than to show how it could have been if Nokia would have embraced the Android operating system.

The company was founded by Nokia’s company’s former Asia-Pacific CEO Thomas Zilliacus who now hopes to build these new phones after he has collected enough funds. He reportedly is already hiring ex-Nokia employees, wants to set up a production in Asia but keep the design and development team in Finland and target the Asia market.

“What Newkia wants to do is to use Nokia know-how, technology, and design to build the world’s best smartphones, but running on Android,” he told CNet Asia.

He said that Newkia wants to offer something “exciting and different” in a quality and design that customers were used to from Nokia. If everything runs according to plan, the first Newkia phone could be launched within a year, Zilliacus said.

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Thomas Zilliacus, Nokia’s former Asia-Pacific CEO, has launched Newkia

A new company in Singapore called Newkia, launched on the day when Microsoft announced the takeover of struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia, wants nothing less than to show how it could have been if Nokia would have embraced the Android operating system.

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Thomas-Zilliacus-newkia
Thomas Zilliacus, Nokia’s former Asia-Pacific CEO, has launched Newkia

A new company in Singapore called Newkia, launched on the day when Microsoft announced the takeover of struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia, wants nothing less than to show how it could have been if Nokia would have embraced the Android operating system.

The company was founded by Nokia’s company’s former Asia-Pacific CEO Thomas Zilliacus who now hopes to build these new phones after he has collected enough funds. He reportedly is already hiring ex-Nokia employees, wants to set up a production in Asia but keep the design and development team in Finland and target the Asia market.

“What Newkia wants to do is to use Nokia know-how, technology, and design to build the world’s best smartphones, but running on Android,” he told CNet Asia.

He said that Newkia wants to offer something “exciting and different” in a quality and design that customers were used to from Nokia. If everything runs according to plan, the first Newkia phone could be launched within a year, Zilliacus said.

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