Phone business

Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio is getting into the mobile phone business, report says

A Nio ET7 electric vehicle is seen during a media day at the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai on April 19, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese electric car startup Nio is making breakthroughs in mobile phones and has hired former MeituKiss phone brand president Yi Shuijun to lead its mobile phone business team, the platform said on Tuesday. 36Kr tech media, citing multiple sources.

In response, Nio said he had no information to reveal yet, adding that he would let the public know if there was any news.

According to 36Kr, the automaker launched the mobile phone project in Shenzhen some time ago, and it is still recruiting staff for the team. This was echoed by the discovery of 36Kr on a recruitment website: many vacancies related to the mobile industry were advertised by Nio, including BSP engineers and communication test engineers.

Last year, another Chinese automaker, Geely, announced its decision to manufacture cellphones. Meanwhile, smartphone maker Xiaomi said it would manufacture its own car in the same year, another case in the trend of many mobile phone companies to dive into the automotive sector.

An auto industry insider told 36Kr that mobile phone and car account systems will certainly be connected in the future, as will many product experiences.