Earlier this year, Nokia confirmed its plans to re-enter the smartphone market. While the company is contractually bound from selling or manufacturing smartphones until Q4 2016, a slew of images has surfaced that clearly suggests the company is already working on an Android handset. Images leaked appear to be of the long rumored Nokia C1, which look strikingly similar to the Xiaomi Mi 4i handset.
Some of the specifications of the Nokia C1 were also tipped alongside, which include a 5-inch FullHD display, an 8MP primary camera along with a 5MP front-facing camera. Hence, we can expect it to be a mid-range handset. The smartphone is also said to feature Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while earlier reports suggested that the Nokia C1 will be powered by Intel chipset bundled with 2GB of RAM. In terms of design, the leaked images suggest it draws a lot of similarities with the earlier launched N1 tablet.
It is worth pointing out that Nokia cannot use its brand on smartphones until Q4 2016, after the acquisition of its devices and services by Microsoft. While earlier this year, Nokia announced its plans to get back into the smartphone business by adopting a brand licensing model. The Finnish Telecom giant who was once the market leader, lost its reign after the Microsoft deal when it decided that its phones will only be sold under the Windows branding. However, the strategy did not seem to work out, and now it seems Nokia’s upcoming handsets would run Android.
Nokia will likely follow the same strategy for its upcoming handsets as what it did with its N1 tablet, launched earlier this year. The device was manufactured and distributed by Foxconn, though Nokia was primarily responsible for designing and branding. The tablet’s concept was conceived and designed by Nokia, as this saves the company from the hassles of the production process, though it still retains its brand value and having control over the hardware design, the company can make sure that the final product still resonates with the company’s famous brand name.