It’s a brand new year and, in the Year of our Lord 2021, there should be no reason whatsoever that you buy a 1 GB Android smartphone. Or any Android device for that matter – even those shiny car infotainment units that everybody and their cat are selling in Nairobi.
However, if, for whatever reason, the Nokia brand means the world to you then you and are willing to put up with the inconveniences that come with the limited memory then they have something for you: the brand new Nokia C1 Plus that is barely a few days old.
Kenya, where the device launched yesterday, is one of the early markets where it is available.
Sure, it makes the disadvantages of limited system resources bearable by arriving rocking the Go edition of Android 10 (yes, not Android 11) but…
There’s not much to write home about the Nokia C1 Plus but, in addition to the meagre 1GB RAM, there’s a 480p 5.45-inch display (at least it’s in 18:9 aspect ratio, the only visible upgrade over the C1 from 2019), 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back, 16GB internal storage and a 2,500mAh battery unit… all for the Kshs 9,000 asking price of the device.
There’s a 2GB RAM variant with a 720p display that was made available in China on New Year’s Day but that isn’t what’s being offered in Kenya.
“The new Nokia C1 Plus is the lowest cost 4G Nokia smartphone yet elevating the standard of introductory smartphone experiences and bringing quality that you can truly feel. The Nokia C1 Plus, brings 4G connectivity to the introductory level of the C-series, offering wider experiences to even more users around the world,” a statement from HMD Global reads.
The Nokia C1 Plus joins other C series smartphones from HMD Global that we have seen over the past year. They include its predecessor, the Nokia C1, which became available in Kenya just over a year ago and the Nokia C2 which started selling locally in April last year.