Nokia’s future in the smartphone market is somewhat uncertain after Microsoft acquired the company’s Windows Phone branch, but Nokia as a brand is still alive and kicking. Not long ago the company released its first Android-powered tablet dubbed the N1, and there have also been some rumors regarding Nokia’s alleged plans to rejoin the smartphone market on the Android side of things.
In the meantime, it has been settled that the company will indeed go back to manufacturing smartphones … but it’s a bit more complicated than than. Check out our Nokia Back To Smartphones: The Night Of The Living Dead? article for more details
While Nokia did release a handful of Android-powered devices already, the experience they deliver is not even close to what a pure Android device would offer. These low-end terminals – like the Nokia X and XL – run on heavily forked / modified versions of Android, and not in a sense of simple customization.
However, earlier this year there have been some leaks suggesting that Nokia might release a new higher-end smartphone with a more close-to-vanilla Android OS. A so-called “Nokia 1100” was spotted in the Geekbench database too, but while it was listed as an Android 5.0 device, the specifications were not that impressive. On the other hand, there have also been rumors of a so-called “Nokia C1” higher-end smartphone, and more to the point at hand, today we came across a series of renders that might depict the phone’s final design. Check them out below and keep on scrolling for more details.
Nokia C1 Renders Surface
If Nokia would want to release a smartphone counterpart for the N1 tablet, then I guess it would make sense for the Finnish company to call it the “Nokia C1” – although we shouldn’t mistake it for the C1-01 feature phone.
The new C1, mind you, is rumored to make use of a purer Android 5.0 Lollipop OS which, although it might arrive with its own personalized user interface like the N1 tablet, it should offer a lot of features you’d normally find on a “regular” Android terminal. (And we’re hoping that access to the Play Store will be included, unlike on the N1…).
The renders above originate from sources in China but aside from the pictures themselves, no other details have been revealed. As such, take the information with a grain of salt and wonder about the possibilities.
Judging by the renders, the Nokia C1 is extremely thin and all the components appear to be enclosed in a unibody design. There’s a speaker grille on the bottom edge, a rather small camera on the back panel, and a pretty large display with decent bezels.
Previous rumors hinted at a 5.0-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, an Intel chipset under the hood, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera, as well as a 5 MP front-facing unit.
Whether or not these renders reflect the reality remains to be seen. Until then we’ll keep you posted if we find out more, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.