Pricing and spec leaks reveal what we can expect from the Nokia P1

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There was a time before the Samsung versus Apple battles, when the number one spot on the cellphone market was a given. It might seem like a long time ago, but Nokia ruled the cellphone market for more than a decade before smartphones caught on and rapidly eroded their market share. The company was unfortunately too late to a party that was led by Apple and Android and by the time they decided to try manufacturing smart phones, it was already too late. Their decision to back Microsoft as the operating system of choice was perhaps also not the best of moves, but you couldn’t really blame them for trying to be different. (Personally I still rate Windows Phone as the superior operating system, its just a pity that app market never caught on).

Many thought Nokia was dead after Microsoft bought out the company and dropped the name from their line of phones, but the brand is coming back after it was sold to Foxconn, along with many of its engineers. Nokia has released a few phones in their return to their market, but these have been lower-end feature phones aimed at the 3rd world market. The company’s second coming was always going to be about their next attempt at making smartphones – and it looks like we have a better idea of what to expect in specs and pricing when the Nokia P1 arrives next month on March 21st.

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The P1 is expected to be officially announced on Feb 26th at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but thanks to the UK Daily Express, we have an idea of what the device will be all about. While we’ve known Nokia is looking to Android for their second coming, it’s always going to be about what they can offer  that sets them apart from the many smartphone competitors – and whether they can provide that trademark Nokia build quality at a reasonable price.

And according to the report we expect the Nokia P1 to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, a 5.3-inch display with curved edges, 6GB of RAM, 128GB and 256GB internal storage options and a 3,500mAh. The reported leak also indicates the device will have a 22.6-megapixel rear camera developed by Carl Zeiss, a USB-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a front fingerprint sensor and Android 7.0 Nougat. Colour options for the P1 will include black, silver and rose gold.

It’s  much what you would expect for a top-end Android device, with an emphasis on performance. It seems Nokia is definitely focused on trying to make their camera as good as possible as they have opted for an exceptional rear-camera lens.

There were no images in the leak of what we can expect the device to look like, outside of a few artist renderings featured in this article. With a curved screen however and based on those colour schemes, it will likely have a modern, sophisticated appearance to it.

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The real kicker is going to be the price and the report has the prices ranging anywhere from £500 (R8400) to £600 (R10100), which is pretty much at the top-end of the price range. It seems that Nokia believes it has what it takes to compete with the best and is pricing itself for that market rather than going after the cheaper smart phone market.

Personally I do hope that Nokia find success with this device. In the past they’ve always emphasized great build design in their products, which is what the market needs outside of the gluttony of poor quality phones we get from some manufacturers today.

Would you consider going back to buying a Nokia device, but this time powered by Android?

Last Updated: February 8, 2017

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I’d rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

  • Captain JJ

    But Huawei is already at P9. So Nokia has some serious catching up to do

    • Why are they all starting with a P though

      • Admiral Chief


        • Captain JJ

          As if anyone still uses a Cellphone for the “phone” part

          • Admiral Chief

            I use the phone part of it to troll Otto when he has a babelas

          • Captain JJ

            Well worth it.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Best use ever

      • Captain JJ

        Preliminary? Pantastic? Pamazing?
        I think of many words with a P, I’ll be honest.

        • Admiral Chief


          • Captain JJ

            See? I’m no good at this XD

          • Admiral Chief

            PROES is funnier if you live in Pretoria…..there is actually a street with that name…

          • Captain JJ


          • miaau

            Yes. The letter R is very important in Pretoria

        • miaau


      • Original Heretic

        They all think they’re Perfect. Precise.

      • Fox1 – Retro

        Primal…coz Primal Rage.

  • Ir0nseraph

    Nokia on Android , I might take a shot at it.
    I am due for a new phone this year my current phone can’t be upgraded to Nougat legally, currently I might wait for the Pixel 2 but since the first Pixel didn’t make it to our shores, that might be a pipe dream.

    • Admiral Chief

      I too want a Pixel

      • Ir0nseraph

        Yeah I really want one , but I will wait for Pixel 2 , my next phone needs a snapdragon 835 and better waterproofing, both which should be included in the Pixel 2 if rumors can be believed.

    • Searched yesterday for one, hopefully it does come over here

  • Magoo

    I would have gone back to Nokia had I not renewed my contract only 6 months ago. :S I’ve had upwards of 5 Nokia’s over the years and 1 Motorola and 1 Sony.

    Some say the 3310 is the only object that Chuck Norris has to punch more than once to break!

  • HairyEwok

    Apparently the new Nokia’s coming out is the 3310 reincarnated. Thing can fall 6 feet without damage and crack walnuts with its screen.

    • miaau

      I heard this joke once. After Nuclear war, these cockroaches call each other on their Nokia 3310’s, asking what the hell just happened.

  • Admiral Chief

    I’d like one, tbh

  • Looks like a samsung, hope it doesnt explode

    • Fox1 – Retro

      We’ve had Nokia’s exploding in the past.

  • Fox1 – Retro

    Too late. Xiaomi and Meizu have made inroads into Africa and the Middle-East whilst Nokia is still setting up shop in China.

  • miaau

    ” (Personally I still rate Windows Phone as the superior operating system, its just a pity that app market never caught on):”

    Yip, that it is. Pity…….

  • HvR

    Few technical points:
    M$ never owned the brand Nokia only the license to use it for a certain time when they bought Nokia’s smartphone division. Nokia is still an separate multi-billion dollar telecoms company.
    M$ sold the factory to Foxconn and the rest of the smartphone division to HMD Global (Finnish company started by old Nokia employees)
    They then struck a licensing and royalty deal with Nokia.

    So this is a Nokia phone in name only and a brand new entry to the smartphone market.

  • Fox1 – Retro

    “which is what the market needs outside of the gluttony of poor quality phones we get from some manufacturers today.” >> Ironically, that’s where Nokia fell apart with their Windows Phones. Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu doubled down on cheap quality phones and the rest was history.

  • Yondaime

    Time to go back to basics…NOKIA FTW!!!!!

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