Nokia is apparently working on a new hardware that could turned out to be its first full-fledged Android phone. The new smartphone is rumoured to be unveiled sometime next year.
As spotted through a render shared on Chinese social network Weibo, the new Nokia Android phone would be called the Nokia C1. This new offering is appeared to have the Nokia Z Launcher that the Finnish company released for Android devices last year. Also, the handset would have a decent choice of color options apart from just black and white versions.
The leaked render additionally shows the presence of Google services on the rumoured Nokia smartphone, which include the Play Store, Gmail and Google Search among others. This suggests that the new hardware would nowhere be similar to the Nokia X series that the company launched months before its acquisition by Microsoft. Besides, the render shows some live tiles on the smartphone that are likely to be a hint for the existence of a Windows 10 Mobile running variant of the Nokia C1.
Nokia already suggested its plans to re-enter the mobile handset business. But the company is looking for a brand-licensing model, instead of manufacturing smartphone units by its own. This would be similar to the Nokia N1 tablet that the company launched last year.
There are speculations that the Rajeev Suri-led company is in development to partner with Apple iPhone manufacturer Foxconn for designing the new Android smartphone. However, some contractual agreements with Microsoft restrict the company to put hold on the launch of its new mobile device until late 2016.