It's been less than a week since Nokia introduced its latest phone, but there's a new one already on the horizon. Today, the company announced the Nokia C1, another budget phone aimed at the low-end of the market.
The Nokia C1 comes with the Go edition of Android Pie, which is optimized for devices with low storage capacity and RAM, as well as for markets with limited access to cellular data. Interestingly, the phone doesn't come with the latest version of Android, and Nokia isn't actually promoting it as being guaranteed to get an update, which is something it tends to do.
This isn't Nokia's first Android Go phone this year, after the Nokia 1 Plus was introduced at MWC, and some of the specs are similar to that phone. The display is the exact same size and resolution, and both of them have 1GB of RAM and 2500mAh battery. The Nokia C1 does bump up the storage to 16GB, though.
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
It's not all an improvement, though, because the rear camera is 5MP, instead of the 8MP sensor on the Nokia 1 Plus. The selfie camera is also 5MP, but this time it comes with a front-facing flash, so you can still take your selfies at night. The chipset inside the phone wasn't specified, but it's a quad-core processor at 1.3GHz.
Perhaps the most notable downgrade, though, is that the Nokia C1 doesn't support LTE, only 3G. This could be related tot he fact that the phone is aimed at emerging markets such as Africa and the Middle East. Pricing and availability weren't made clear, so we've reached out to HMD for additional details.