Nokia C1 Leak Tips Launch With Android and Windows 10 Mobile Variants.
The rumoured Nokia C1, the smartphone that has been in leaks since late last year, has now surfaced in a new render image on the Web. While all the leaks and rumours until now pointed out the handset to run Android with the company’s Z Launcher, the new render shows the smartphone to run Windows 10 OS as well – tipping the handset could be offered in two variants for the two operating systems.
The leaked image render for the Nokia C1 shows the handset in White, Gold, Pink, and Grey colour variants alongside two more units. While the unit in foreground is seen running the Nokia Z Launcher for Android, the one in the background (right side) is seen running Windows 10 Mobile. The tipster who leaked the image said (via Nokiapoweruser) that the handset will arrive in both OS versions.
In addition, while a leaked image from September showed the smartphone’s rear camera at the centre, the latest render shows it placed on the top-left corner. Since Nokia is still silent on the matter, the latest leaked render should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Going by past leaks and rumours, the Nokia C1 is tipped to include a 5-inch FHD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. It is said to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well. Previous reports have suggested that the Nokia C1 will be powered by an Intel chipset and feature 2GB of RAM.
It needs to be pointed out that Nokia can’t use its brand on smartphones until Q4 2016, because of theacquisition of its devices and services division by Microsoft. Earlier this year, Nokia announced that it intends to get back in the smartphone business by licensing designs to hardware manufacturers. The Finnish-based technology company, which once held the pole position in the mobile handset market, lost its dominance with the rise of Apple and Android smartphones, and its decision to use Windows Phone as its operating system of choice instead of Android arguably speeded up its demise.
Nokia’s return to the mobile space is happening end of 2016 with the leaked Nokia C1
A while back Nokia’s CEO Rajeev Suri confirmed that although the firm had sold its smartphone business to Microsoft, the timeout on an agreement between the two companies would be expiring in Q4 2016 – at which point Nokia is free to act on its plans to re-enter the phone market. We’ve also heard whispers about the handset that will herald this return – the Nokia C1.
According to the information handed to NPU, the Nokia C1 may come in two different size variants which will broadly share a spec sheet, but will have different camera tech, RAM, and onboard storage.
The display size is quoted at either 5.5in or 5in both with Full HD resolution. The 5in model will have 2GB of RAM with 32GB of storage space and an 8MP camera, while the larger 5.5in has 3GB RAM, a 13MP camera and 64GB onboard storage. Both will feature 5MP front-facing secondary cameras.
As for the software, it’s going to be Android-based, although we’d expect it won’t get away clean and will likely have Nokia UI stuff put on top. There’s also going to be Windows 10 variants in select markets, allegedly.
For posterity, here’s the quote from NPU’s source:
Display: 5 inches, Full HD / 5.5 inches Full HD
Platform: Android and (Windows 10 in selected markets)
Memory: 32 GB, 2 GB RAM or 64 GB, 3GB RAM
Camera: 8 MP and 5 MP / 13 MP and 5 MP