Finnish firm HMD Global, the maker of Nokia-branded smartphones, will start building 5G models in Europe.
The first device to come out of the Europe manufacturing plant is the rugged dust and water-resistant Nokia XR21 which is now available for purchase by Enterprise customers. According to Reuters, the device will specifically be made in Hungary making HMD the first large-scale smartphone manufacturer to take its operation in the region.
“We are thrilled to be manufacturing the Nokia XR21, our signature rugged 5G smartphone, in Europe. We are dedicated to investing in security, technology and manufacturing processes that make our devices more secure and longer lasting,” said Jean-Francois Baril, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of HMD Global.
To celebrate the new manufacturing origin and security standards of the Nokia XR21, HMD Global says it will be selling 30 limited edition units. The limited Made in Europe edition devices feature an exclusive Frosted Platinum colour, are engraved with their own unique serial number and come with a certificate of origin in the box.
HMD Global said in a press release that moving to Europe was in response to the evolving needs of Enterprise customers.
The firm says every device undergoes rigorous software and malware testing in Europe, with some Enterprise customers requesting additional security in conjunction with several IT security partners. Data is stored securely in the EU: With a focus on software security and privacy by design, consumer and corporate data from all smartphones made by HMD has been stored and processed on HMD’s servers in Finland since 2019.
The Nokia XR21 Limited edition in exclusive Frosted Platinum is available from €699 (£599) in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Finland on Nokia.com/phones. The Nokia XR21 European Edition in Black on the other hand will be available soon from 649€ (£549) in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Finland from Nokia.com/phones.