HMD Global following the launch of the Nokia 2.3 in Egypt a while ago has today revamped its old Nokia C-series with the launch of a new entry-level Nokia C1. Targeted at Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, the new Nokia smartphone is more or less a rebadged Nokia 1 plus, though this time with some few internal and inner differences.
As it is typical of most entry-level devices, the new Nokia C1 adopts a traditional smartphone design without any notches, hole-punch, or pop-up cameras. Much like the Nokia 1 plus, the C1 gets a hole for the speaker at the back, a single rear camera with LED flash, while the Nokia logo sits below the camera. Other controls include a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side of the phone, a MicroUSB port, Dual SIM support (nano only), an audio jack, FM radio, Bluetooth 4.2, and a MicroSD card slot (64GB max). It also has GPS and 2.4GHz WiFi.
Speaking of the specs, the Nokia C1 flaunts the same display at the Nokia 1 plus, and that includes a 5.45-inch FWVGA+ IPS display, while it is powered a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD.
Millions of consumers across markets in Africa, Middle East and APAC will upgrade from a feature phone to their first smartphone. Nokia C1 is a smartphone they can trust – bringing quality experiences at an affordable price with 3G connectivity #nokiamobile pic.twitter.com/QibUYWxRTn
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) December 11, 2019
Sadly the Nokia C1 boots Android 9 Pie Go Edition out of the box, and does not support 4G connectivity. It features a single 5-megapixel camera with f/2.4 on the back of the Nokia C1, while you get a 5-megapixel selfie shooter on the front.
Nokia C1 specifications
- 5.45-inch (480 x 960 pixels) FWVGA+ 18:9 display
- 1.3GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD
- Android 9.0 (Pie) Go Edition
- Single / Dual SIM
- 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash with f/2.4 aperture
- 5MP front camera with LED flash
- 3.5mm jack, FM Radio, Google Assistant Button
- Dimensions: 147.6 x 71.4 x 8.7 mm; Weight: 155g
- 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, micro USB
- 2500mAh removable battery
The Nokia C1 is available in Kenya at a starting price at KES 5,999 (~$60) in Kenya but there is no info on the price and availability in other markets.