Completion of Nio Phone 2 Development, but Launch Still Far Off

Completion of Nio Phone 2 Development, but Launch Still Far Off

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Automotive company Nio launched its very first smartphone in late 2023, simply called the Nio Phone. The company has completed the development of the second iteration, as revealed by founder and CEO William Li, but that doesn’t mean the phone has been announced yet.

The Nio Phone 2 is entering the manufacturing stage and will be unveiled later this year, although Li has not specified an exact date.

However, he has confirmed that the company will focus on launching just one new phone each year instead of dividing its focus among multiple phones.

Completion of Nio Phone 2 Development, but Launch Still Far Off

The question remains, why is an electric car manufacturer making phones anyway? The key point is that Huawei and Xiaomi are also venturing into cars.

Li says, “This is initially a defensive strategy for Nio.” All modern smartphones can connect to Nio cars, of course, but Nio phones offer better integration.

The company uses the phone as a selling point for new car sales. Chinese magazine Lanjinger reported that buyers of Nio 2024 models get a free Nio Phone as a gift (this promotional offer is valid until the end of March).

It may not seem like much compared to the price of a new electric car and a new phone. But it’s a great feature. The Nio Phone can function as your car keys, allowing you to lock and unlock the car, start it remotely, and operate the climate control system, ensuring a pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere inside the car as soon as you step in, regardless of how hot or cold it is outside.

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