Nokia to halve smartphone production next year

A few weeks back we heard Nokia would be turning its attentions from Symbian to the Linux-based Maemo OS for its N-series smartphones. Next we heard N

A few weeks back we heard Nokia would be turning its attentions from Symbian to the Linux-based Maemo OS for its N-series smartphones. Next we heard Nokia was only planning on releasing one Maemo device next year. Put these two together and you get the most recent announcement – that Nokia is set to halve its production of smartphones next year.

Not just this, but Nokia is set to shift its focus away from devices like the N900 to "mid to low end smartphones" instead.

Speaking in a webcast yesterday, Nokia's chief of smartphones said: "We see ... really fierce competition certainly in the high end, but we also see it in the mid to low end of smartphones increasing".

This means we can probably expect more phones like the recently-announced 6700 slide and 7230 handsets, a move said to bring prices down and increase margins.

Nokia said the cut was so it could have a "far more focused portfolio next year".

What do you think to Nokia's announcement? Let us know below, and be sure to check out our hands on video and first impressions of the N900.

Via: Reuters