We’re expecting qualify craftsmanship from Nokia for their first Android smartphone, but renders alone don’t always do a product justice. The Nokia C1 has leaked out in full flesh for those who like seeing the real deal.
Early thoughts? It doesn’t look like anything crazy, but it really doesn’t need to be. It’s missing bells and whistles like fingerprint scanner, but it seems to be designed with quite nicely and sensibly.
Rumored to be inside are a 5 inch 1080p display, 2Gb of RAM and an Intel chipset, though it’s still not known which exact chipset that may be. Nokia is also reportedly planning to have Android 6.0 Marshmallow loaded up on this thing out of the box, thou considering we’re not expecting to see the device until at least mid 2016 that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Wondering why the Nokia C1 will take so long to arrive? Part of their exit clause with Microsoft was that they couldn’t make any smartphones for 2 years. Seems like a ridiculous restriction, though the bright side is it will give Nokia enough time to make sure they get research and development just right.
The phone won’t undergo a traditional manufacturing process either, as Nokia will opt to allow ODMs to manufacture, market and distribute the devices themselves. It’s a low risk reinsertion tactic that’ll help keep their name relevant while they potentially build up some cash to take things to the next level.
It may not be totally like the Nokia of years past, but the C1 should prove to be a solid fresh start for the company, especially if they’re planning to price it as aggressively as their Nokia N1 tablet.