Everyone's eyes will on the Nokia stage this year, as the company has scheduled a keynote at the Mobile World Congress, which takes place early next year in Barcelona, Spain. While it has not been confirmed as to what Nokia CEO, Rajeev Suri will announce, there are plenty of Nokia smartphone renders that have begun to surface online, hinting that Nokia may be planning a comeback to the smartphone space, but with Android inside.
A new leak comes from a Weibo user, who hints at a Nokia C1 smartphone, which appears to be a flagship through and through. The leaked handset showcases a design language that looks quite similar to the chocolate bar flagship handsets that are on sale today that sport the usual rounded corners and an all-metal unibody build. The Nokia C1 pictured in these leaked images seems to feature a metal design, but with replaceable backs that appear to be made of different materials and textures.
The design has rounded corners and an overall broad profile, along with a slim waistline.
On the front, the display takes up the major part of the front face, leaving thin bezels on the left and the right sides. At the top and bottom the bezels get a little thicker and while the top seems to be packed with sensors, a front facing camera and a speaker, the bottom too features a similar sized cutout for a second speaker.
Moving to the back, we find the Oreo shaped rear camera that has become the norm with flagships in the Lumia series (powered by Windows Phone). This unit however sits flush with the surface and features a dual camera setup with a triple LED flash and a xenon flash with a focus assist lamp next to it.
The right side features the power button at the top and a camera/shutter button closer to the bottom end. The left side features a volume rocker with two buttons. The bottom features a 3.5mm headphone jack along with a USB Type-C port.
As for the leaked specifications, the slides mention that the Nokia C1 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipset (we guess this is an 835) with 4GB RAM. There will be 32GB, 64GB and 128GB internal storage options and the device will draw power from a 3,210 mAh battery. The same slide also points out that the device will feature Android 7.1.1 out of the box.
If these renders (obtained from a video) do turn out to be genuine, Nokia could have quite a contender for next year's flagship space. Add to this the trust worthy Nokia brand name along with Google's Android, and it seems like the perfect mix.