Nokia’s D1C Android phone could be way cheaper than we thought

We’ve heard a lot about Nokia’s impending return to the smartphone market in recent weeks, with talk of ‘remaining true to the Nokia brand’ and a rumoured early 2017 release.

Most recently, Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global, the company with the licence to the Nokia brand for the next 10 years, said the company is planning to be “extremely competitive in terms of the specifications and price.”

And now it seems we might have an idea of just how much the rumoured ‘D1C’ device – the lower end option of the two rumoured Nokia phones – will cost.

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According to a report from NokiaPowerUser, the D1C will arrive in two versions, with the 2GB RAM model apparently set to cost $150 (about £120) and the 3GB RAM variant set to go on sale for $200 (about £158).

Now, that’s according to an anonymous source, which the site says is not its usual source for this kind of thing, so take the rumour with the usual caution.

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The D1C is expected to arrive with a Snapdragon 430 processor, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 5.5-inch Full HD display.

Whatever the hardware might be, Nummela has revealed the company won’t be “highlighting the megapixels or gigahertz,” suggesting the phone will indeed be a mid to low-range device.

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Nokia made its last smartphone in 2014, before selling the mobile business to Microsoft, which sold phones under Nokia’s Lumia brand for a while, but eventually shuttered the brand.

HMD since gained the rights to the Nokia brand for smartphones and tablets, and will release smartphones under the Nokia name, conceivably for the next 10 years.

The first new smartphone to arrive is expected to launch at MWC in February next year, so stay tuned for the latest.

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