Nokia has been all over the news in the last couple of weeks, and the company’s upcoming smartphones have just leaked yet again. If you take a look at the gallery down below, you’ll get to see two sketches, the first image allegedly shows off the Nokia D1, while the second one is supposed to represent the Nokia E1. The Nokia D1 and Nokia D1C have been popping up for quite some time, while the Nokia E1 surfaced quite recently for the first time.
As you can see, these two sketches are quite similar, the two phones look almost identical, but there is one important difference to note, the Nokia D1 has a front-facing fingerprint scanner, while the Nokia E1 does not. It is also worth noting that the Nokia D1 is a bit more curved on the sides. Both devices have identical back and overview (multitasking) buttons which are flanking the home key, but the home key on the Nokia E1 seems to be a regular capacitive circle, while the Nokia D1 has an oval-shaped home button which will double as a fingerprint scanner, though we still don’t know whether you’ll be able to physically press this key, or will it be more of a capacitive home button like we’ve seen on the HTC 10 and OnePlus 3(T). Nokia’s branding seems to be placed in the upper right corner of both of these devices, and the leak mentions that the company’s upcoming phone’s will land in both 5 and 5.5-inch variants, though we’re not sure whether that means that the Nokia D1 will land in two variants, or will the Nokia D1 sport a 5-inch display, and Nokia E1 a 5.5-inch panel, because the source is not entirely clear on the details. Previous leaks did say that the Nokia D1 could land in two variants, but we’ll see.
As many of you know by now, HMD Global has the rights to manufacture Nokia-branded smartphones for the next 10 years, as the company purchased rights to the Nokia brand from Microsoft a while back. Foxconn will manufacture Nokia-branded devices, and HMD Global already confirmed that they’ll focus on budget phones, and that they won’t attempt to create their very own ecosystem on top of Android, but will rely on Google’s pure Android experience, which essentially means we could see some apps added on top of Android, but don’t expect a heavy skin to be included. First Nokia-branded smartphones are expected to land in the first quarter of 2017, perhaps even during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, who knows.