New Android-powered Nokia smartphone in development

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A new Nokia smartphone powered by Android is in development, according to details published on benchmark browser Geekbench.

The new device will be called the Nokia D1C and will feature an eight-core Snapdragon 430 processor, clocked at 1.4GHz, and Adreno 505 GPU.

It is expected to come with 3GB of RAM or more. Although the camera specs have not been published and internal storage is not known, it is thought that the D1C will run on Android’s new operating system Nougat out of the box.

Nokia’s Android-powered smartphones were announced earlier this year. It was also previously disclosed that Foxconn, an electronics contract manufacturing firm, will be making Nokia’s new devices.

Nokia was perhaps the most important mobile phone manufacturer in the late 1990s and early 2000s, creating devices that are still spoken about today. However, when smartphones were introduced to the market, the company seemed to struggle keeping up.

The Finnish firm did produce a number of smartphones, running on Microsoft’s operating system. However, Nokia ended up selling the Devices and Services arm of its business to Microsoft when it could not make it profitable.

A non-compete clause was implemented when that happened, which meant that Nokia could not produce smartphones bearing its name.

In August, another two Nokia devices were seen on Geekbench. Code-named the 5320 and the 1490, the smartphones were unannounced.

It has been reported that Nokia will be producing up to four new smartphones but this remains to be seen. If there are multiple devices released, it is expected that they will be available by the end of the year or, if there are problems with development, early next year at the latest.

At least one of the reported four devices will feature a Snapdragon 820 chip, according to Geekbench.