The Finnish smartphone brand Nokia has signed a deal with Oppo, licensing multiple patents to the Chinese company.
This was announced in a press release by Nokia. They didn’t share more details, so we don’t know much right now. Though, it seems like Oppo is going to license a few connectivity patents from Nokia, as part of the deal.
Maria Varsellona, Nokia Chief Legal Officer and President of Nokia Technologies said,
OPPO is one of the leaders in the smartphone industry and we are pleased to welcome them as a Nokia licensee. This agreement further validates our global licensing program.
Nokia is also licensing its intellectual property to Huawei, Xiaomi and Samsung, in a growing list of smartphone makers. All of these companies will be using Nokia’s IPs for the next 5 years.
Other than their licensing deals, Nokia is also working on a number of new smartphones. The heavily leaked/rumored Nokia 9 with its 5 (!) rear cameras is also expected to be announced next month.
There’s also a possible gaming phone in the works, given the popularity of the Razer Phone, Asus ROG phone and Xiaomi Black Shark/Black Shark 2.
Games like Fortnite and PUGB are also getting a lot of attention recently, which also means that a gaming phone is all the more relevant to the market.
For those who don’t know, Nokia released a few gaming-centered phones before the smartphones arrived. Its N-Gage phone didn’t fare so well, but the company continued to push gaming on other phones with dedicated hardware buttons.
It’ll be interesting to see what Nokia brings to the table, with the likes of Razer and Asus showcasing their own unique approach to making a gaming phone.