HMD Global begins manufacturing smartphones in Europe

The company has begun manufacturing the 5G-enabled Nokia XR21 in Hungary.

HMD Global says the rugged device is aimed at the enterprise segment which has requested additional security measures. It claims every device undergoes rigorous software and malware testing in Europe. HMD Global is a Finnish-based mobile phone manufacturer that has exclusive rights to the Nokia brand for mobile phones through a licensing agreement.

Before HMD opened its Hungarian operation, there had been no large-scale smartphone manufacturing operations in Europe, as most companies make their devices in Asia to keep costs down.

“We are thrilled to be manufacturing the Nokia XR21, our signature rugged 5G smartphone, in Europe,” says HMD’s cofounder and CEO Jean-Francois Baril. “We are dedicated to investing in security, technology and manufacturing processes that make our devices more secure and longer lasting.”

To celebrate the new manufacturing origin and security standards of the Nokia XR21, HMD Global will be selling 30 limited edition units. These limited “Made in Europe edition” devices will be engraved with their own unique serial number and come with a certificate of origin in the box.

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