Nokia D1C: First Android Powered Nokia Smartphone Appears On Benchmarking Website

Seven months ago, in February, 2016, we at the Inquisitr reported about the fact that Nokia, once the world’s largest mobile phone brand, was all set to make a big comeback. In that report, we mentioned that the company would launch new Android-based smartphones “soon.” What made the report more credible was the fact that the word had come from none other than the Indian-born CEO of Nokia, Rajeev Suri.

Just a few months later, in May, 2016, we followed up that report with another one in which Nokia officially announced its plans to re-enter the lucrative smartphone market. Fast forward to October, we are already seeing signs that the first of the Nokia devices may already be undergoing tests. The reason for this speculation is one new handset called the Nokia D1C that has appeared on a popular benchmarking website. Could this Nokia D1C be the first Android-powered Nokia that almost every true smartphone lover is waiting for?

Let us investigate.

The Nokia D1C only recently appeared on benchmarking tool Geekbench. If you search for the Nokia D1C on Geekbench, you will find that this mysterious device was tested five times using the platform and managed to score a decent total as well. The highest score that the Nokia D1C managed to garner in the single core tests was 682, while the highest score for the multi-core tests was 3,299. In case you wish to compare it one of the newest Android smartphones out there to get a perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge managed to score 1,782 points in the single core test and 4,471 points in the multi core tests. What this means is the possibility of the Nokia D1C being a mid-range device.

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Benchmark scores of the Nokia D1C [Image Via Geekbench/screenshot]

Clicking on the Nokia D1C results also takes you to a page where some of the specifications of the device are mentioned. The processor used by the device is listed as an octa core chip running at 1.4 GHz with 3GB of RAM with the model number MSM 8937. A quick Google search reveals that the MSM 8937 is nothing but the Snapdragon 430 SoC, which is fairly new and is not used on many handsets out there. This System-on Chip (SoC) also houses an Adreno 505 GPU which takes care of the graphics. We currently do not have any information pertaining to other important aspects like the display size, type, and resolution, the type of camera, and if it would run a customized version of Android. There is also an unverified rumor going around claiming that the Nokia D1C might be a dust and waterproof smartphone.

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The spec-sheet of the Nokia D1C suggests that it would be an affordable smartphone

Another thing to be noted is the fact that the Nokia D1C is only one of the “several” handsets that the company may release in the very near future. There has already been a rumor going around about the possibility of a high-end, flagship Nokia-branded Android smartphone on the anvil as well. This device, which supposedly would be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, and sporting a 2K display, may also be launched very soon.

Do you think Nokia would be able to make a great comeback now that it has been out of the smartphone industry for sometime now? While it is true that they have been making Lumia-branded Windows Phone devices for some time now, the Lumia brand is now owned by Microsoft and they have more or less killed their smartphone business even as their much touted Windows Phone platform dies a slow death.

Do let us know what you think of this development, in the comments section below.

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