Meet the Nokia C1, a pure Android-based Nokia phone you didn’t know about
The Nokia X and XL (both are not pictured) kicked off with a disappointing note when the two ‘Android’ handsets launched in February 2014. Consumers have always wanted to buy a Nokia Android phone but the X and its big brother weren’t the type many users felt they needed at that time.
Firstly, the smartphones were of low standards and specification — although this is justified by their low prices. Secondly, they were running on an Android platform that was modified in such a way that it lost its taste of ‘Android’.
All these happened some months before Nokia Devices & Services was sold to Microsoft in a $7.2 billion buyout, however, towards the end of 2014, Nokia Oyj Finland, the parent company of Nokia Devices & Services, partnered with Chinese OEM Foxconn to produce a tablet called Nokia N1.
The N1 was what people wanted and it sold out almost immediately. Albeit a few customizations and using a brand new UI made by Nokia, the tablet’s OS was purely Android 5.0 with no strings attached unlike the X that was masked with a “Nokia X platform” while backed by a tasteless mod of Android 4.1.
Industry reports now state that Nokia is willing to introduce a pure Android smartphone this time and this was confirmed by CEO Rajeev Suri who said the product will be manufactured with the aid of “suitable partners” and will be ready by 2016.
We don’t know exactly how these things come but a Nokia “insider” posted a picture (above) of a handset alleged to be named Nokia C1 and to be the much-awaited Nokia Android smartphone we all have been talking about.
Efforts to get information about the specifications of the handset proved futile but we’ve previously heard that Nokia will employ a 5″ HD screen, 8MP camera and an Intel processor in their 2016 smartphone.
We also couldn’t confirm the renders and information as legit as we are still waiting for a reply to a Saturday evening e-mail that we sent to Nokia.