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Nokia is back: leaked image showcases the Android-powered A1 smartphone in all its glory

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Nokia is back: leaked image showcases the Android-powered A1 smartphone in all its glory
UPDATE: Sorry, guys. This "leaked" image is nothing but an April Fools' Day prank.

As you may recall, Microsoft's high-profile acquisition of Nokia's Device and Services division back in 2013 blocked the release of any Nokia-branded handsets until 2016. Naturally, there's been quite a bit of speculation since the turn of the year as to what the Finnish firm might have up its sleeve, though the company has emphasized that it's not in any great hurry to come through with another smartphone. A new render of a mid-level Android device has just been leaked online, though, which implies that the once-great phone maker is getting back to what it does best. 

Accompanying the image shared by a 'trusted insider' of Android Authority, the Nokia A1 is described as a mid-tier Android handset. As you'll notice from the render, however, the device's interface does not quite appear as though it's running Google's software. Nor does the OS look much like Microsoft's Windows, the firmware that typically graces devices bearing the famous Nokia brand. 

The setup above looks to be Nokia's homemade Z Launcher, which we first caught a glimpse of with 2014's Nokia N1 tablet. Back then, the custom overlay sat atop Android 5.0 Lollipop. With this new smartphone, it's likely that the UX will be baked into Google's more recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow. 

Design-wise, the purported A1 is a departure from the archetypal Nokia design we've grown accustomed to over the years. Since Lumia now belongs to Redmond, Nokia's hand has been forced in this regard, though we think you'll agree that the depicted device is rather easy on the eye. 

Since it's a mid-ranger, the finish most likely to be polycarbonate, though Nokia has traditionally favored the plasticky exterior regardless. Specs and key details are pretty scarce at this moment in time, though the Nokia A1 is expected to pack the Snapdragon 652 SoC and include a 5.5-inch FHD display. 

Though it won't appeal to flagship chasers, there is a strong demand for mid-range smartphones right now. Given Nokia's long-standing rep and the quirk of a neat-looking interface, here's hoping Nokia makes the comeback that many of our readers (and we) would love to see.

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posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:00 4

1. Hallyu (Posts: 715; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Yeah, coming back like the way its tablet N1 was? No thanks! Samsung and LG are already the choices in Android world.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:07 40

9. Rafishant (Posts: 370; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


And who are you to talk on behalf of the world?
I will buy any high end Nokia's phone.
I trust them and Nokia was the most innovative phone manufacturer.
Innovative design, camera, screen.. etc.
I hope they will continue this with Android.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:20 27

17. Johnnokia (Posts: 1148; Member since: 27 May 2012)


We know this guy is the Korean racist, but this story is April fool again

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:48

25. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1014; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


you are right, it sound like an April fool. Nokia is not allowed to enter in phone manufacturing til December 2016. It is too early for a proto type to appear.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 11:16 3

34. Hallyu (Posts: 715; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Racist? More like you, dude. I didn't even bring race here and you blatantly attacked me and my race just because you can't have a proper argument with me. SMH!

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:58 2

28. sissy246 (Posts: 4181; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I think she or he was just tell their opinion on it just like you are.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:58

29. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Agreed but Nokia kinda let me down with the N1

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 11:05 3

32. Hallyu (Posts: 715; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Calm down boy. Why overreact? And I'm a Nokia hater? No, I was passionate in Nokia N90 since my 13. Let's discuss this. Nokia wasn't any better than this even if it adopts Android instead of accepting Microsoft's offer. At the time when Android was born, Nokia was losing ground to Samsung already. Nokia wasn't capable of designing powerful smartphone running Android system, just like Sony was struggling and asking HTC to make its Xperia X1 for it. The real confidence for Nokia is that it only got its brand name in its hand, and it knew clearly it wasn't going to compete with Samsung in Android ecosystem, it wouldn't survive that way. That's why it went to Microsoft for help, hoping that using Windows OS would give chance for it to stand toe to toe with Samsung. But there's no such a thing, unfortunately. Nokia nowadays just got only brand name. And if you're excited to see a coming back Nokia, you're in the wrong place. It's nothing but just some cheap Chinese parts assembler which puts a Nokia logo on it to fool you blind Nokia fanboys, that's all. And don't say that Nokia was the most innovative company that time, Samsung supplied it AMOLED technology, just so you know!

Don't reply any butthurted comments. I go to sleep. bye

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 11:26 6

35. hemedans (Posts: 650; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


actual nokia was first company to create amoled smartphone then samsung copy it. read here

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Did-you-know-Nokia-made-smartphones-with-AMOLED-screens-before-Samsung_id72704

about innovation no phone can be made without using nokia technologies, they own many essential patents and have spend more than 50b euros in research for network/smartphone/video technologies

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 23:50

51. Hallyu (Posts: 715; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Samsung copied? What a bad joke! Samsung is the first to develop AMOLED technology. Its development of AMOLED line started since 2002. Nokia used AMOLED panels supplied by Samsung. Stop distorting the fact!

http://www.samsungdisplay.com/eng/intro/history.jsp

posted on 04 Apr 2016, 00:58 1

65. XDLOL (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


just another annoying korean bigot/Chauvinism/nationalist that think korea was the center of the world. face it! we all knew that apple, panasonic, sharp etc. sues samsung for copying their technologies. do some research on google should give you an idea... atleast lg was a bit more honest brand than shamesung.

the point is samsung phones are pos! trust me!

as the owner of both note 4 and s5, and from a family who has s6 and s3 (samsung flagships). i have more right than anyone on this comment section to prouly say: shamesung is a POS.

used the note 4 and s5--full of very annoying useless gestures and gimmics. keyboard freezes when you're typing fast. registering touches when ur finger got too close to the screen. yeah got so frustrated with these two pos. that i actually cannot stand it anymore, that i decided to shatter both of em! it's that garbage'

cant express how glad i am to switch to the z5 premium. atleast sony knows how to get sht right than shamesung.

so please do us a favor and face reality: that samsung is garbage!

posted on 20 Apr 2016, 09:35

69. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


"annoying korean bigot/Chauvinism/nationalist"

It usually takes one to know one.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 15:52

45. Subie (Posts: 1369; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


"Sony was struggling and asking HTC to make its Xperia X1 for it" Please post an article to corroborate your statement. I'd like to read it.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 19:26

47. bucky (Posts: 3164; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Ericsson_Xperia_X1

I think this is what he was talking about.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 19:53

48. Subie (Posts: 1369; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Thanks. Interesting that it also ran Windows mobile 6.1. But still no mention that Sony was struggling though.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 21:35

49. LuckyDonkey (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)


More like Nokia were capable, but they stuck with Symbian and never tried much to optimize it to touch phones. They were never clear about what ecosystem they're going to invest in.

It's actually unfortunate that it came to this (News that Nokia developing a phone to be an April fool prank.)

posted on 02 Apr 2016, 02:52

53. epdm2be (Posts: 670; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


".. and never tried much to optimize it to touch phones..."

WTF are you blind. Have you ever used Symbian^3 or more importantly Belle? Not to mention that in Nokia's pre-elop "strategy" Meego should eventually have replaced Symbian. The N9 was the best touch optimised phone by far.

posted on 02 Apr 2016, 02:54 1

54. epdm2be (Posts: 670; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


"..I will buy any high end Nokia's phone..."

Have you actually read this article? This is NOT a high end phone.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:07 3

10. jellmoo (Posts: 2090; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Yeah! Who wants competition? I hate it when options exist for the consumer!

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 14:01 1

41. fyah_king (Posts: 1142; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Ikr? Apple hates competition!

posted on 20 Apr 2016, 09:36

70. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Says all lovers of Apple.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:12 7

14. Rafishant (Posts: 370; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


I forgot
You are the typical idiot racist Samsung fanboy!
I see that now.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 10:59

30. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Why doesn't PA ban him?

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 15:50 1

44. Subie (Posts: 1369; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


PA sometimes just deletes his comments.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 11:00 1

31. SIGPRO (Posts: 1909; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


After all this time you still look like a girl!

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 13:12 2

38. gaming64 (Posts: 234; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


The longer a scumbag like you stays on this website, the more uglier you get.

posted on 01 Apr 2016, 19:18

46. jalebi2000 (Posts: 180; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


Lol this person again. I just thought you were bashing Samsung the other day and now you're praying them to bash Nokia, a legend

posted on 02 Apr 2016, 03:33 1

57. eghaw (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 May 2015)


I personally like Korean food, but not Korean phone. I'll go with this Nokia when it comes out.

posted on 02 Apr 2016, 20:20 1

62. Bernoulli (Posts: 4337; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No thanks, no Asian manufacturer for me

posted on 04 Apr 2016, 18:32 1

66. ElixieR (Posts: 63; Member since: 01 May 2013)


"Samsung and LG are already the choices in Android World" PATHETIC!

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