Though due to the acquisition deal with Microsoft, Nokia is banned from releasing its own smartphone-like devices, the company can still manufacture other mobile devices under its name. This explains why not so long ago we could witness the debut of the Nokia N1 tablet. Now, the used-to-be Finnish mobile market leader teases the world with renders of another Android-running device. We’re speaking of a smartphone dubbed Nokia C1 that is allegedly scheduled to be launched sometime in 2015.
Nokia C1 Android Phone
How is it possible that Nokia bonded with a contract with Microsoft prohibiting the company to launch their own smartphones until 2016 plans to release Nokia C1 in 2015? Well, Nokia’s agreement with Foxxcon, which manufactures N1, provides the company with a legal loophole enabling them to launch the smartphone earlier. So, legally speaking, the Nokia C1 will be developed by the Finns, but manufactured by Foxxcon. Quite tricky, isn’t it?
Moving back to the mentioned render images that recently surfaced online, they present a nice looking 5-inch device that speaks similar design language as the Nokia N1. According to the leaked list of specs, though still incomplete, the upcoming Nokia C1 is to sport an Intel chipset paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. Additionally, its big 5-inch display will allegedly sport 720p resolution. In the fields of optics, we will get an 8-megapixel main camera unit supported by a 5-megapixel one. Concluding, the handset appears to be nothing more but a budget-friendly handset, though still pretty capable one.
As it comes to software, the Nokia C1 is reported to be launched with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop out of box, with the Nokia’s Z Launcher installed on the top of it. The same operating system can be already found in the Nokia N1.
According to the unofficial speculations, the handset will probably be announced in the Q1 of 2015 with its debut scheduled to take place at the CES 2015 in January.
Update: Sadly, while writing this article, we received the info that all these materials are just fan-made renders inspired by the N1 and the Me-Goo powered Nokia 900 conceptual renders. This explains why the alleged Nokia C1 appeared to us so much alike its tablet sector siblings.
source: Tech 163