Nokia took a tumble to the bottom of the food chain recently when Tech Giant Microsoft decided to buy its Mobile division and Lumia series. However, after being in the dumps for the better, since few years, the company managed to turn around and came up with its first tablet the Nokia N1. It wasn’t a sellout, but it did tell customers that the firm was making the right decisions by going Android with its tablet. Now, everyone is eagerly awaiting its new Android smartphone, the Nokia E1. Slated to release sometime towards the end of this year, in this review, we take a look at some of the rumours and speculations behind this phone.
Nokia is a company that set the standard for mobile phones and were responsible for why we have smartphones in the first place. For this reason, you can expect the company to come up with a good smartphone, and the E1 does not disappoint. The phone looks absolutely gorgeous. With its metal body and curved back, the phone will be easy to hold and grip. The phone also tapers down below and above the screen to give it a unique shape that is different from the smartphones we are used to seeing. Leaked pictures also show a power button, a volume rocker and a third button which could have extra functionality. The speaker grille, similar to iPhones iconic grille is situated at the bottom of USB C type charger. Another thing that the manufacturer is proud of it is the Nokia Fully Laminated Zero Air-Gap Display. This means that the 4.93-inch screen has zero bezels. The display is Full HD IPS with a resolution of 1080x1920 which translates to a pixel density of 445-ppi. It also has Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. While its previous phones weren’t known for their displays, this time, Nokia has hit the jackpot with its Full HD screen.
The phone is thought to be powered by a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Intel processor. This will be accompanied by a 2 GB RAM and an internal memory of 32 GB that can be expanded. No leaks about the graphics processor have surfaced as of yet. However, what we do know is that the processor will be of a faster 64-bit type. However, in the price range, the phone is expected to be released in, these specs will not make much of a difference. With competitors like HTC, OnePlus and others, even Nokia regulars will find it hard to resist the temptation of the faster processors that these phones provide.
The software running the phone will be the latest version of Android Marshmallow with Nokia’s own Z launcher.
Nokia and Lumia phones, in particular, have been known to make some of the best cameras in the business with undoubtedly the best low light pictures. It is therefore expected that the camera on the E1 will be at the same level. The front camera on the phone will be a 20 MP shooter. Pictures reveal that a single LED flash will accompany it. Video recording is rumoured to be of 1920x1080 resolution at 30 fps. The front camera will be a 5 MP shooter. No other details of the phone have been leaked, and although these specs look good on paper, we still have to try the camera out to be certain.
The phone will have a 2700 mAh non-removable Li-ion battery. The chipset on the phone is power friendly and will consume less power. The Intel Atom processor has been credited with consuming the very little power of the order of Nano watts, and hence you can expect your phone to not run out of juice quickly. There is, however, no fast charging or wireless charging features available on the phone. Phones in the same range provide at least fast charging and, this lacking feature might be the downfall of a very well made device.
In terms of connectivity, the phone has Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth and GPS. There will be no NFC support.