Is Nokia starting to believe in the Surface phone?


Just ahead of the launch of Windows Phone 8, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he had “no indications” that Microsoft was building its own Surface phone, even welcoming Microsoft to join the ranks as “a stimulant to the ecosystem.” Nokia has never made any formal risk statements that Microsoft could build its own smartphone, but this week the company’s tone changed somewhat.

In a filing with the SEC, spotted by ZDNet, Nokia acknowledged that Microsoft could very well be building its own smartphone hardware. “Microsoft may make strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us. For example, in addition to the Surface tablet, Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones….

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