Having successfully resurrected the Nokia brand in the smartphone market last year, HMD Global seems to have firmed up its plans to claw back the once dominating market share that the Nokia brand enjoyed in the pre-smartphone era. In a recent tweet the company’s Chief Product Officer, Hugo Sarvikas, hinted at a grand showing in the upcoming MWC 2018 in Barcelona later in February this year.
One of the expected devices to be launched at the event is going to be the Nokia 1, the first Android Go smartphone from Nokia. This will be a budget smartphone and is expected to be priced around the Rs. 6000 mark.
There has, of course, been no official confirmation of the specifications of Nokia 1, but some leaks over the past few weeks and months have shed some light on the specifications of the phone.
The Nokia 1 is expected to be a 5 inch device. In a leak in one of China’s social networks “Baidu”, two photos showing two prototypes of the Nokia 1 was spotted. The photos showed only the rear panel of the phone and it seems like two prototypes were in to consideration as of then. The material, as expected seems to polycarbonate and the only noticeable difference between the two prototypes was how the camera module was housed. In one it was under a piece of glass or clear polycarbonate, on the other it was not present.
As far as the display is concerned, reports suggest it will sport a 5 inch 720p HD IPS LCD display. This would be kind of similar to what other competitor brands are offering at this price point.
As per reports so far, the Nokia 1 will have 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB RAM. The internal storage will be expandable via a Micro SD card up to 128 GB. While there is no concrete information regarding the processor, it is expected to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, the same as that used in the Nokia 2. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 is a quad core processor having 4 ARM Cortex A7 cores running at 1.3 GHz. It is accompanied with an Adreno 304 GPU.
The key highlight is of course the fact that this phone will be one of the first Android Go devices from any major manufacturer. Google announced the Android Go platform last year wherein it will make a lighter version of its latest android operating system and the popular Google Apps enabling it to run on devices with limited hardware by using up to 50% less storage and RAM. Android Go is part of one of Google’s initiatives to make its products more accessible and get the next billion people online.
It is expected to have an 8 MP shooter at the back and a 5 MP selfie camera. While brilliant camera performance can’t be expected at this price point, Nokia has a long history of making some of the best phone cameras in the past and they might be able get more out of the camera hardware using some software optimizations.
The Nokia 1 will be running Android Oreo Go out of the box. It will provide a stock Android experience and this means updates will be available faster and more regularly.
The Nokia 2 has a massive 4100 mAh battery and the Nokia 1 is expected to have a similar battery capacity. Something around 3000-3500 mAh can be safely expected for the Nokia 1.
As for cellular connectivity the Nokia 1 will be a 4g VoLTE enabled phone with dual SIM support. Apart from this the phone will be Wifi and Bluetooth enabled. Charging and data transfer will be via a Micro USB port and there will be a 3.5mm headphone jack.
So far whatever we know about the Nokia 1 are mere speculations and there has been no official confirmation, whatsoever. However, competition is fierce and if these happen to be the real price and specifications, the Nokia 1 will face stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 5A and 10.or (Tenor) D that provide far superior hardware at the same or lower price. Particularly the RAM size of 1 GB seems to be too less at this price point. It will be interesting to see what Android Go does, how much performance it can extract from the limited hardware of these low budget phones. If it does work as expected, we will definitely see budget smartphone prices come down further and users will get a much better overall experience.WHAT WE LIKED