Ok, so we know Nokia has confirmed it will be making a comeback into the world of smartphones in 2017 with the help of its partner, HMD. We’ve also seen a couple of premium looking smartphones with rumored high-end (ish) specs leak online, in the past few months.
But in a recent interview in India, HDM’s CEO revealed that Nokia is looking to re-enter the low to mid-range smartphone niche. At least for starters.
According to NPU, the first Nokia-branded smartphones to see the light of day will be priced quite competitively. Known in the rumor mill as the Nokia D1C, the handset will be unveiled in two variants in February 2017, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The leaked spec list, would have us believe the Nokia D1C will launch with either 5-inch or 5.5-inch display versions with 1080p resolution and 2GB or 3GB of RAM.
The two phones will have a few specs in common including the Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz plus Adreno 505 GPU, 16GB of storage, 16MP/13MP dual main camera plus 8MP selfie shooter and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The report claims, the lower-end version with 5-inch display and 2GB of RAM will hit the market for $150, while the 5.5-inch model with 3GB of RAM will feature a $200 price-tag.
Nokia hopes to take the world by storm with these two smartphones and is hoping they will attract customers especially in emerging markets like India, which are known for its competitiveness.
Note that this information hasn’t been officially confirmed, although HMD’s CEO did say in the interview the first Nokia branded smartphones will be very competitively priced.
Earlier leaked info claimed Nokia is bound to unveil a premium combo as well, in the form of a 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch devices with QHD resolution. The phones were said to be operated by a Snapdragon 820 and to be IP68 certified.
In all possibility, Nokia and HMD want to tackle the budget market first in order to pave the way for the more expensive handsets.
Would you consider buying a super affordable Nokia?