As Nokia gears up to make its highly anticipated comeback, we have already learned that the company is working on Android-based smartphones and tablets. These devices are expected to be unveiled later this year. Just last week, we came across a mysterious Nokia device called D1C, which was spotted on Geekbench and AnTuTu benchmarks, revealing some of its key specifications and features. While previous benchmark results only revealed the display resolution, the latest GFXBench listing now reveals its screen size too. Also Read - Jio 5G service: Reliance Jio, Intel partner to develop 5G network for IndiaAlso Read - Nokia C20 Plus budget smartphone launched: Check specs, price and other details
According to the benchmark listing, the Nokia D1C features a 13.8-inch full HD (1080p) display. Also, now that it has been spotted on three major benchmarks, Nokia s Android tablet looks very much real, and it seems to be under serious testing. The Geekbench listing had revealed peak score of 667 in single-core test and 3,229 in multi-core tests. GFXBench has also revealed that the tablet runs on Qualcomm s 64-bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor (eight Cortex A53 cores) clocked at 1.4GHz paired with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The listing also reveals 9GB of available storage, which means it could come with 16GB onboard storage. However, there is no word on whether it will be expandable or not.
In the photography department, a 15-megapixel rear snapper with LED flash and a 7-megapixel selfie camera is also expected. Connectivity options on the tablet include Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi. Other details such as 4G connectivity, battery capacity and design are currently unknown. The Nokia D1C tablet is expected to carry a mid-range price tag. ALSO READ: Nokia to soon make a comeback with Android-based smartphones and tablets
Recent reports have also pointed at two high-end smartphones one sporting a 5.2-inch QHD display and the other with a slightly larger 5.5-inch QHD display. Both smartphones are likely to be powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processors. With 22.6-megapixel rear cameras, LED flash and support for 4K video recording, the prices of these smartphone could start at Rs 30,000.
Last year, we also came across press renders and leaks about an alleged Nokia smartphone called C1. The renders showed off unibody construction, super thin bezels and curved edges. The renders also revealed front and back cameras, 3.5mm audio jack on top and USB connectivity port for charging and data transfer at the bottom. Leaks also revealed that the smartphone could flaunt a 5-inch HD (1280x720pixels) display and Intel s Atom chipset paired with 2GB of RAM could go under the hood. However, with Intel no longer manufacturing smartphone chipsets, the processor is now out of question. On the storage front, 32GB was expected.
Leaks also pointed at 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper for selfies and video calling. According to reports, the Nokia C1 was expected to carry a price tag under Rs 20,000 and connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. ALSO READ: Nokia C1 Android smartphone alleged press renders leaked
If we look at Nokia s history, it was one of the leading manufacturers when it was at its peak. However, as operating systems such as Android and iOS started gaining dominance, the company lost its focus and was trying its hands on MeeGo and Windows Phone operating system. A couple of entry level Windows Phone 8 smartphones such as the Lumia 520 and Lumia 625 were highly popular, but those weren t enough get things flying for Nokia and Microsoft. ALSO READ: As Nokia gears up for a comeback with an Android smartphone, social media is exploding with excitement and nostalgia
Later on, Microsoft acquired Nokia s handset division to manufacture its own Microsoft-Lumia branded smartphones, but it did not gain the required traction. Windows Phone OS lost its market share, dropping below one percent. One of the reasons for the failure of Windows Phone OS was lack of quality apps ecosystem on the platform. The Microsoft acquisition terms did not allow Nokia to sell its devices until Q4 of 2016. Now that the timeframe is about to end, Nokia seems all geared up to make its brand comeback.
Nokia recently signed a 10-year licensing deal (worth $350 million) with HMD Global for manufacturing Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets. HMD will also be investing $500 million in the next three years for the brand marketing. With its strategic partnership, HMD will be giving royalty payments to Nokia for every smartphone and tablet sold under Nokia brand. What s more; the agreement also covers both brand and intellectual property rights.
Ever since Google s Android was announced, a lot of us dreamed owning Nokia smartphones running on Android. While the Nokia X-series did run on forked Android OS, the experience wasn t the one that people were expecting. Also, the series featured entry-level smartphones that lacked powerful hardware. But things could change with the new smartphones and tablets. We can t wait to see what Nokia has in store for its die-hard fans and loyal customers who had been waiting for Nokia-Android devices till now.