Since late last year, rumour mills have been showering leaks about HMD Global reportedly working on an ultra-affordable smartphone. The device purportedly called ‘Nokia 1’ is rumoured to run Google Android Oreo’s lighter version Android Go. While there is no official word yet about the phone’s launch, it has leaked on the e-hub again offering a glimpse of the design cue.
A user on China’s Baidu website posted two images that show a Nokia device. The images reveal the rear panel of the phone with a single camera unit, LED and Nokia branding down below. From what we can comprehend, the supposed Nokia 1 is encased in polycarbonate with rounded edges.
The phone somewhat looks similar to the Nokia 2 that was introduced in October last year. While the new leak does give a rough sketch of what we can expect from the Finish company’s next handset (at least the design), this isn’t the first time the alleged Nokia 1 has surfaced online. In December, a Russian blog post cited that the phone could come with 1GB RAM.
Previous leaks further suggested that the Nokia 1 might feature an IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and pack 8GB internal storage. It is said to be powered by a MediaTek processor. The phone is also tipped to have a microSD slot for expandable storage. Rumours suggest that the phone could cost around $95 (approximately Rs 6,000).
The entry-level handset is expected to run Android Oreo Go Edition. For those unaware, Google has brought the Android Go aiming at smartphones in the emerging markets. The lighter version of the Android OS is optimised to run better on low-end devices. HMD Global is expected to introduce the Android Go powered Nokia 1 at MWC 2018 in Barcelona which will kick off on February 26.