Geely owns Volvo and Polestar, and recently acquired smartphone manufacturer Meizu. So why not combine these assets?
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath has announced that his company will launch its own smartphone in December this year. It will be a premium device created by Meizu. However, the device will not compete with the top players in the industry.
Instead, Ingenlath wants to use the smartphone as an additional feature of Polestar’s electric cars that will differentiate them from others. He wants to create an experience for users where the synchronization between smartphone and car is seamless. “When you have the ability to connect these two worlds, without any boundaries… then you have a really seamless transition,” noted Ingenlath. “I still, you know, have problems with the display of SMS messages,” added the Polestar CEO, emphasizing some frustration with current technology.
So far, there are no details about the Polestar smartphone and whether it will be available outside of China. If the device is equipped with Meizu’s Flyme system, it is possible that in the future Polestar electric cars will receive the Flyme Auto system in the Chinese market.
By the way, another electric vehicle manufacturer, Nio, is also planning to release its own smartphone. Moreover, its presentation will take place on September 21, a week after the announcement of the new Nio EC6 crossover.