2010 was a good year. Especially for Nokia. Yes, it was the year when Android was just starting out, at least in the country, but it was a time when then local market leader Nokia was busy flexing its muscles with several desirable mobile phones at all segments of the market.
For those of us who were heavy social media users, the Nokia C3, a standout member of the budget C series, was the go-to device. It handled apps like a charm. It allowed full gallery view of images and easy “swipes” using its BlackBerry-like QWERTY keyboard as well as installation of applications from Nokia’s own Ovi store, Opera’s store as well India-based app store GetJar.
For everyone else who just wanted a good Nokia phone for calls and texting, the Nokia C1 was, well, the one.
Then came the smartphone era and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since Nokia’s comeback under the HMD Global umbrella, there have been unending rumours of a Nokia C1.
Today, in Nairobi, the company has taken the wrapping off a new generation Nokia C1.
It’s nothing like the device from almost a decade ago that it shares its name with. In fact, it’s nothing like we have seen in recent years when HMD Global has gone out to revive classics and capitalize on our collective nostalgia.
The Nokia C1 is an entry-level smartphone that will appeal mostly to first-time smartphone buyers and those that are in the market for a low-end device.
It packs a basic 5.45-inch 854×480 pixels display, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage (this is impressive), 5-megapixel cameras on both the front and the back and a 2,500mAh battery. Naturally, given such a feature set, it is powered by the Go edition of Android 9 Pie.
The Nokia C1 is going for Kshs 6,000.