New Nokia D1C Smartphone Launch Date and Specs

In recent years, Nokia has slowly moved out of the limelight and become a shadow of its once successful self. This is mainly due to the fact that the operating system they based their devices on, Windows, was losing popularity as Android and iOS dominated the smartphone and tablet market, which resulted in Microsoft acquiring the brand, further worsening the situation.

Needless to say, the Finnish company is still internationally recognized and admired for their past creations. Devices like the Nokia 3310 have obtained an iconic status in the technology world for their usability and robustness. In the time before Apple and Samsung smartphones, there was the Nokia cellphone. It was by far one of the most popular brands, but as smartphones became more mainstream, they slowly lost any drive to innovate and as a result, they were left behind. This is understandable as a company that doesn’t embrace change and constantly learn new things is bound to fail. Nokia did exactly that. When Microsoft acquired the brand, Nokia was left in the dark with nowhere to go. Recent reports claim that this will change.

A few presentation slides were found that confirm Nokia’s planned comeback into the smartphone industry. According to reports, Nokia will be releasing their new line of smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in 2017. The company that now owns the licenses to the Finnish company’s devices for the next decade, HMD Global, has confirmed its presence at the special event, which will begin on 27 February in Barcelona. Given that the company is focusing on the development of Nokia’s smartphones, it is expected that they will be unveiled at the event. While it isn’t known exactly what will be released, one long-rumored smartphone is expected to appear, the Nokia D1C.

The D1C is expected to be a mid-ranger that ships with Android 7.0 Noughat built-in, currently the latest version available. Rumored specifications include a Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. While 3GB of RAM may seem to be on the higher end of the spectrum right now, the Snapdragon processor suggests that it will not be a flagship. It is also an understandable amount as Android is RAM intensive and 3GB of RAM will most likely become a staple of mid-range Android smartphones in 2017. Other rumored specifications include a large 5.5 inch 1080p display and an impressive 16-megapixel rear shooter.

Last month it was reported that the current CEO of Nokia, Rajeev Suri, will deliver a keynote speech at the afore-mentioned event. It is also worth noting that if HMD Global is attending, there is a higher chance that the Nokia smartphones will be running Android. It will be highly beneficial to Nokia if they make their new smartphones ship with Android, as Windows Phone is slowly losing the little popularity it once had. Android and iOS are leaps and bounds ahead and Microsoft simply cannot keep up in a market dominated by Cupertino and its Eastern rivals. Perhaps Nokia’s departure from Windows was one of the more strategic moves they have made in recent times. If they release a product that gets the consumer’s attention, Nokia may rise again as a noteworthy competitor in a market oversaturated by Android-running smartphones from the East.

Nokia plans to make some interesting moves within the next 2 years, including some exciting product releases. 2017 will see Nokia expanding leadership in VR, a transition into Digital Health, as well as patent licensing expansions in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics, and of course Nokia’s return to smartphones. In 2018, they plan to obtain VR technology licensing, “continue incubation in new and adjacent areas” and continue patenting licensing growth and diversification. Nokia seems to be moving toward Digital Health in serious manner in the next few years, as they also plan to grow in remote patient care in 2018. This is a positive step forward as it will not only render further success, but also increase the brand appeal.

Nokia is also rumored to release a flagship smartphone called the P1. Leaks have indicated that it will come in two variants, with 5.2 and 5.5 inch displays, both being 2K AMOLED panels. They are also rumored to ship with more flagship-worthy specifications, such as a Snapdragon 820/821 chip, 4GB of RAM and additional features, such as IP68 waterproofing.

If Nokia plays their cards right over the next few years, they might see themselves on the podium once again. With Microsoft out of the way, the Google-fuelled future of their smartphones might prove to be significantly beneficial to the Finnish company.

Microsoft betting on Entry-Level Nokia 130 Phone

Microsoft is hoping to appeal to the still large number of people around the World who do not yet own a cellphone, with their new Nokia 130 and Nokia 130 Dual.

“It is estimated that at least one billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets,” Jo Harlow, of Microsoft.

Along with entry-level new cell phone buyers, the Nokia 130 may also be an option for many who want to have a backup or secondary cellphone while outdoors or traveling. The Nokia 130 battery life has up to a one month standby time, which is far more than any smartphone on the market, making it a good option as a backup phone.

The Nokia 130 WP will first go on sale in India, China and Indonesia, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The Lumia 1020 Innovates To Compete

Nokia has earned some much deserved attention recently, thanks to the release of the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, which is now in direct competition with mobile phone heavyweights like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Of course, at least for the time being, Apple and Samsung remain the two leaders in the mobile phone industry, and it doesn’t seem likely that anyone will take them down any time soon. The real question is whether or not Windows Phones can generate enough buzz to make it a trio atop the industry.

In terms of general features, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has certainly gained ground on its competitors. Many rank the display and design of the Lumia 1020 right alongside the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5. Each device is compatible with 4G LTE Internet connectivity, and the general functionality and keyboard design of the Lumia 1020 are on par with its competitors. The Lumia 1020 is even making strides with more “niche” concerns, such as app availability. For example, innovative apps like the Betfair gambling app, popular games like Angry Birds, and a massive variety of additional apps are now available for Windows Phone devices.

However, as impressive as the Lumia 1020’s strides are in these areas of concern, most of this progress still represents an effort to catch up. Where the Lumia 1020 really makes its own mark is with its incredibly powerful and sophisticated camera, which really defines the phone. Here are a few specific features.

  • The Lumia 1020’s camera has an automatic image stabilization feature. This keeps your photos still and clear, even if you aren’t so steady taking them!
  • The camera also includes a feature called “pixel oversampling.” This means taking 7 pixels of image data from a picture you take, and consolidating them into a single pixel. This makes for easier data storage, and a crisper, incredibly clear image.
  • Perhaps most notably, the Lumia 1020 has 41 megapixel capability. The iPhone 5, by comparison, has just 8 MP, which makes it clear to see that the Lumia 1020 has, by far, the most impressive camera of any smart phone.
  • Finally, the Lumia 1020 also contains the sharpest video capability on the market, with 1080p HD. The phone can capture video at 30 frames per second, which is truly exceptional quality for a phone.

Of course, a closer look at these features and a few examples of image quality can easily be found at Generally speaking, however, the goal of the Lumia 1020 is quite clear. The amount of focus that has evidently been directed upon building up a single feature seems to indicate that Nokia and Windows Phone are aiming to compete with mobile phone giants by way of offering something new. And they just may be on their way to doing so.