After having revived the C series back in 2019 with the Nokia C1, it appears that HMD Global, the company that the Nokia brand is licensed to on smartphones, is keen to keep it running for the foreseeable future.
The company has today announced the availability in the Kenyan market of the Nokia C10, its latest device under the entry-level C series.
The Nokia C10’s availability in the local market comes after the launch of the Nokia C1 Plus at the start of the year.
The C10 should be a follow up of that device whose name is in sync with the new Nokia smartphone naming scheme.
In keeping with its entry-level roots, the Nokia C10 is offering buyers a big 6.5-inch HD+ display, 16 or 32GB onboard storage (expandable up to 256GB), 1 or 2GB RAM, a 1.3GHz chipset (Unisoc SC7331e, if you’re into the specifics) and a 3,000mAh removable battery.
It has face unlock, a rarity on Nokia devices of its class, which works through the 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
At the back, a solo 5-megapixel sensor housed within the visor-like encasement that we have seen on other recent Nokia smartphones, will take the HDR photos the device’s backers talk about in promotional materials on their website.
The device runs on the Go edition of Android 11. HMD Global is promising 2 years of quarterly security updates. There is no word on there being a route to another version of Android so don’t count on it.
Unfortunately, not only is the Nokia C10 held back by the low memory (somehow, they’re offering double the storage of the base model with half the RAM 🙄), it is also a 3G-only device, something that shouldn’t exist in 2021.
The Nokia C10 is available at retail outlets across the country (including Safaricom shops) and online (via Jumia, per Nokia’s website) in Light Purple and Grey colour options.
Pricing starts at Kshs 8,900 (we can safely assume that this is for the base 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage model).
A back cover and a screen protector are part of the device’s retail packaging, if they are any consolation.