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MWC 2024 | HMD teases new Nokia smartphone, more repairability and a Barbie Flip Phone

We have a good idea, though. (Source: HMD)
We have a good idea, though. (Source: HMD)
HMD has unveiled the plans for its "evolution" into a "multi-brand" tech OEM at MWC. They involve a summer of 2024 full of new releases, that for the next Nokia smartphone and "iconic device" included. The company also has something "for Barbie fans of all ages" in the works.

HMD's first MWC event since its re-brand has kicked off with a preview of the commitments it intends to make to "human innovation" and device sustainability as well as the production of handsets under the Nokia brand as well as its own.

To that end, the OEM has announced its new "first version toolkit" full of the open-source software and design guidance needed to help individual or corporate developers anywhere to turn the next Nokia smartphone into practically whatever they need, "a payment terminal, barcode scanner, or even portable, connected medical equipment" included.

In fact, HMD hints that the toolkit could even be used to integrate the device into 'smart' clothing if required. The smartphone itself is also projected to "make technology more accessible to more communities around the world", thereby possibly hinting at its general price-point on its impending launch.

On that note, HMD's latest teaser, well-pixelated though it is, nevertheless hints at a bright yellow device with a footprint quite like that of the 3310 from the back, an impression possibly backed up by hints at the release of Nokia's next "iconic device".

On that note, HMD itself is also now slated to release a feature phone in the summer of 2024 - released in partnership with Mattel, moreover.

The Barbie Flip Phone is depicted as one best suited to fans of "retro features" as well as pink, and, furthermore, to promote a "digital detox" for the user rather than immersion in "smartphone culture".

Finally, HMD has announced that it will augment its current Fix it Yourself (FIY) initiative by releasing its smartphones with screens that get easier to repair independently in the future.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-02-25 (Update: 2024-02-25)