Nokia C1 – The Name Comeback


Last Updated on June 12, 2021 by TM

Hey! Did you remember the Nokia C1 in the Java era?, when feature phones were at their best? In Nigeria, the Nokia C1 was considered an incredible phone during that time.

Now we are seeing the same name comeback but this time in different form factor. I will encourage you to reimagine the Nokia C1 and no longer see it as a feature phone anymore in Nigeria. 😉

To start with, the Nokia C1 is a budget android smartphone that was manufactured solely for the budget market. It’s got every single feature you are expecting to see on an entry-level smartphone period.

Nokia C1 Key features

Launch Date: December, 2019
Display-size: 5.45 inch LCD
Dimension: 147.6 x 71.4 x 8.7mm
Battery: 2500mAh
Sim-slot: Dual nano-SIM
Network: 3G
Bluetooth 4.2
Selfie Camera: 5MP
Rear Camera: 5MP
ROM: 16GB (expandable)
OS: Android 9.0 Pie (Go edition)
FM Radio: Yes
Weight: 155g

Nokia C1 Price in Nigeria

The Nokia C1 comes in two colors: Red and Black. When it comes to price, it is quite affordable. You don’t have to break the bank to buy this smartphone in Nigeria. 

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The Nokia C1 comes with a traditional design from top to bottom. You will notice a reasonable length of bezels around both ends of the display. Whoa!☺️ Are you serious?

This will make you wonder if Nokia was on the lookout for trend. But don’t forget the fact that this is a budget smartphone, it was not made to impress everyone.

When it comes to size, the Nokia C1 received a good score. It has a 147.6 x 71.4 x 8.7mm dimension which makes it very portable and can fit in comfortably in your pocket. It weighs only 155g.

At the top, you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack. At the bottom, there is a cable type Micro USB port, speaker grill and a microphone. There is also a dedicated Google assistant button at the left side of the Nokia C1.


On the Nokia C1 is a 5.45inch FWVGA+ IPS screen that comes with a very durable and tough glass acting as a guard to the display. You will have to hit really hard in other to cause serious damage here.

Please, am not saying you should go ahead and start hitting the glass in Nigeria just because you want to test durability. Just know that the protective glass is good.

The display is very convenient to work with, it does a nice job of providing you with incredible viewing experience regardless of the angle you are viewing from.

Be it movies, games or online media consumption, the Nokia C1 will not disappoint you. The display here is clear and bright, it is very okay for a budget smartphone like this.


Above the display of the Nokia C1 is a bezel that houses the 5MP selfie camera. It comes with a front-facing flash that helps you light up your selfies and make video calls during the day or at night.

At the rear, you will find a centrally placed 5MP Camera that can take decent photos and make videos. It comes with an f/2.4 aperture and auto-focus. There is also an LED flash to support in low-light conditions.

Battery Life

The battery size on the Nokia C1 is a 2500mAh battery that is removable. Just reach out to the small opening around the bottom-edge of this very phone and you will immediately get the plastic off the back.

This will enable you have easy access to dismantle the Nokia C1 in the first place. I believe some of us are more comfortable with the idea of having a removable battery at the back of our smartphones in Nigeria.

If you are among these persons, you will find the Nokia C1 interesting. There is even a charging 5V 1A available on the charger. It helps to speed up time with charging.

Since the Nokia C1 comes with an IPS display that is not by any means huge, it is possible to achieve a complete day of activeness with chats and apps still running.

Software & Spec

The Nokia C1 comes with Android 9.0 Pie (Go edition) OS that comes pre-installed with essential Google Apps like Google Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go and Google Maps Go.

On the spec sheet we have a 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM with up to 64GB micro SD card slot support. The CPU here runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.

The Nokia C1 also comes with some notable sensors like Ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and accelerometer otherwise called G-sensor.

What’s inside the box?
Inside the box you will find the Nokia C1 device, charger and quick start guide to help you understand the fundamentals on how to get started.

My Thoughts

When you see a budget smartphone that was designed for the budget market in Nigeria, you already know what to expect. The Nokia C1 is not different at all.

Aside from the display that to a reasonable extent is satisfying, every other thing here is entry-level. Camera, battery, storage configuration…. Just name it.

There is nothing big here, it is very clear that the Nokia C1 was designed for people who don’t do much with their smartphones. You know, just basic tasks and nothing more.

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