I still remember the days when Nokia C series was pretty much popular in the market. The Nokia C series had both smartphones and feature phones. Now HMD Global (The company which is licensed to bring Nokia phones in the market) is bringing back the series in the market with Nokia C1.
The all-new handset was announced in Kenya today. As being the part of Google’s Android Go edition. Nokia C1 will perform all the tasks on the Android Pie operating system directly out of the box.
At the time of launch, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said in a tweet, “Millions of consumers across the markets in Africa, Middle East, and APAC will be able to upgrade from a feature phone to their first Android smartphone.” He further added few-mode words in his statement, “Nokia C1 is a smartphone they can trust – bringing quality experiences at an affordable price with 3G connectivity.”
Millions of consumers across markets in Africa, Middle East and APAC will upgrade from a feature phone to their first smartphone. Nokia C1 is a smartphone they can trust – bringing quality experiences at an affordable price with 3G connectivity #nokiamobile pic.twitter.com/QibUYWxRTn
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) 11 December 2019
Nokia C1 Design
Design-wise, Nokia C1 inherited some of the looks from the Nokia 1. And you won’t be considered wrong to call this a rebranded Nokia 1 Plus. As on the backside, the phone has a hole for the speaker but in C1, the hole is on the left side rather than the right.
C1 also offers an LED flashlight at the front alongside the selfie shooter. Apart from these two main differences, the phone comes in a slightly different shade of red.
Moreover, Nokia C1 still follows the traditional smartphone design without any popup cameras, notch screen, and punch hole.
C1 offers the same Google Assistant dedicated button which also can be seen in recently launched Nokia 2.3. Connectivity-wise it offers Nano dual SIM support, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio and BlueTooth 4.2, a microSD card, GPS and 2.4GHz WiFi.
It is sad to inform that HMD Global has cut the corners with network connectivity by not providing 4G signal support. So, consumers will only be limited to 3G networks only. But in my opinion, this won’t make any issue. Because Nokia C1 is designed for those who are switching to an Android smartphone from feature phones.
Nokia C1 Features and Specifications
With respect to its specs, it offers a 5.45 inch FWVGA+ IPS screen, which we have already seen in Nokia 1 Plus. But the toughened glass layer on the display makes it different from all other available options.
In the camera section, it has a 5MP f/2.4 rear camera with an LED flashlight. The camera setup also includes a 5MP selfie shooter with LED too up at the front.
There is 1 GB RAM which is coupled with an unnamed 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
The licensee company ships Nokia C1 with the Android 9 Pie Go edition and includes all the basic apps such as YouTube Go, Gallery Go, etc.
Price and Availability
In Kenya phone is available to purchase at a price tag of KES 5,999 (~$60). But there is no reliable source on the availability and price of the handset in other markets.