New Nokia-branded smartphone spotted on photos
While a legal agreement with Microsoft forbids Nokia to produce their own smartphones until 2016, it apparently says nothing about using the Nokia branding for devices manufactured by the Finnish company's partners - such as Foxconn, already contracted for production of the upcoming Nokia N1 tablet. According to some new leaks, the company is now planning to use the same loophole to release a new smartphone. Windows Phone will be used as its operating system, but a version with Android and Nokia Z launcher will also be offered.
The leaked specifications place the new Nokia C1 in the upper mid-range category: it will use a 5-inch Full HD display, a quad-core Intel Atom processor running at 2.8 GHz and 2 (WP version) or 3 GB (Android version) of RAM. The internal storage will have a capacity of 32, 64 or 128 GB depending on the model. High-resolution cameras will be used: the main one will offer 20.1 MP while the front will compete with selfie-oriented models from Sony and HTC, offering 5 MP. The smartphone will be powered by a 3100 mAh battery.
There is no official information about the smartphone available at this time, but we expect to see it later this year. Like the previously announced N1, Nokia C1 is most likely going to be a low-priced device in order to successively compete with the established leaders of the market and their aggressively expanding Chinese counterparts such as Xiaomi. In spite of Nokia's name still commanding a high level of respect among smartphone lovers, their reaction to the possibility of Chinese-manufactured devices with a Nokia logo so far has been cautious and it's clear that only reliable devices offering a good value for money will allow Nokia's new strategy to succeed.
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