Nokia C1 Smartphone Specs and Design Revealed in New Leaks
In April 2014, technology giant Microsoft completed its purchase of Nokia’s hardware wing. While the deal didn’t go quite as planned for Microsoft, which had to lay off thousands of employees and suffer huge monetary losses as a result of the $7.2 billion purchase, it allowed Nokia to focus on its services as well as licensing its large patent library as well.
What Nokia couldn’t do following the sale, however, is release any smartphones. Microsoft’s purchase came with a non-compete contract for Nokia, meaning that the Finnish company couldn’t release a new smartphone until Q4 2016 at the earliest, but with over a year to go until that runs out, Nokia is already preparing for it.
This suggestion comes from new sources and leaks via NokiaPowerUser that point to a device called the Nokia C1. Admittedly, while the information does seem rather suspect, it does seem appealing. For example, the device’s (alleged) slim metal body and its glass or polycarbonate back panel make for a very good-looking phone. The leaked render at the top of this post offers a good idea of what the Nokia C1 will look like, though it’s currently unclear whether this render is made by Nokia or if it’s a mock-up from the information leaker, based on the information they’ve weaseled out of the Finnish company.
As for the Nokia C1’s technical specs, the tipster was able to shed a bit of light on that, too. While the brand or power of the phone’s processors wasn’t disclosed (possibly due to the fact that many new processors may become available between now and the Nokia C1’s Q4 2016 release date), the phone will either be available as a 2GB RAM version with 32GB of internal memory or with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The cameras, on the other hand, with be either 8 megapixels and 5 megapixels or 13 megapixels and 5 megapixels, rear and front-facing cameras respectively. It’s also worth noting that NPU’s source states that Nokia has already begun to work on a more “advanced” prototype, which may explain why there are two lots of specifications instead of one.
It’s even being said that the Nokia C1 (or the prototype that could replace it) will have both an Android and a Windows 10 version. The main operating system will be Android, says the leaker, but it will be Windows 10 in select markets, though there’s currently no word on exactly which countries those markets are.
So, although this information should all be taken with a ginormous pinch of salt, what we do know for sure is that Nokia will not be actually producing the smartphone itself. In June, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri confirmed that instead, the company will design the handsets before finding “suitable partners” to actually make them. Hopefully more reliable information will leak from these partnered companies soon but we’ll keep you posted.
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