Nokia has been knocked out of the smartphone market ever since the acquisition of its Device and Services division by Microsoft back in 2013. The Finnish company however has been itching for long to end the market back again. Sadly, though the agreement with Microsoft prohibited them to launch any new smartphone under their brand name till 2016.
Incidentally, Nokia is done with that curfew of sorts and is in fact prepping to launch an Android smartphone dubbed Nokia A1 if reports are believed to be true. Just to recall this won't be the first entry of Nokia into the Android market, rather the Finish company had first embarked on this path back last year when it launched its Nokia N1 tablet in China.
The new report that got leaked towards the latter half of yesterday reveal the alleged Nokia A1 smartphone in full glory. Apparently it seems like press renders of the first Android smartphone from Nokia. Apart from that the expected specs of the smartphone has also emerged. So let's dig deep to find out why you should be interested about the upcoming Nokia A1!
Simplistic Design in a Polycarbonate Shell
The leaked images of the Nokia A1, shows no resemblance to the design language of its Lumia line of devices. In short, this phone doesn't look anywhere near Nokia's of the past. This is due the intellectual property rights, which doesn't allow Nokia to uses its Lumia design language in any of its future phone. Instead the Finnish company is making use of a Polycarbonate Shell for the smartphone. The rear plate comes with a textured finish with the Nokia logo to the bottom, just above the speaker grill.
Phablet like Display Real Estate
As per leaked specs, the Nokia A1 smartphone packs a 5.5 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS display on the front which is flanked by three backlit capacitive keys on the bottom. The press images further reveal that the smartphone makes use of a 2.5D curved screen to provide better viewing experience and smoother horizontal scrolling.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Killer?
Well, Nokia seems to have realised that the budget to mid-range markets it best spot to target if they plan to make a comeback in the smartphone space. In order to do the Finnish company is packing in the latest mid-range chip from Qualcomm inside the Nokia A1. Apparently Nokia A1 will sport the Snapdragon 652 chip, same as the one found in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
Powered by Nokia Z Launcher
As per the leaked image, the Nokia A1 smartphone will run a heavily skinned Nokia Z Launcher interface on top of Android Marshmallow. For those unaware it is the same launcher that shipped with the Nokia N1 tablet and the one found for download on the PlayStore.
To arrive first in China?
So far reports suggest that Nokia will launch their Android smartphone first in China. Well, this isn't quite surprising considering the fact the Nokia N1 tablet was initially launched there followed by a global rollout. But whether or not the smartphone will make it to India is a matter of debate! Apparently the Nokia tablet didn't end up touching India's shores.