Nokia Buys Withings
Nokia has announced it has agreed to buy French health company Withings for $190 million. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC

The acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services by Microsoft in 2013 did not allow the company to launch smartphones until 2016. Now that we have entered 2016, the Finnish company is rumored to be working on a new Android smartphone that is expected to launch as Nokia A1.

In February this year, the CEO of Nokia, Rajeev Suri, said the company is not in a hurry to launch smartphones. However, Android Authority has revealed that Nokia A1 is a midrange smartphone from the company. A leaked render of the Nokia A1 also has been revealed.

The leaked photo suggests that the A1's interface is not same as Google’s Android software. The operating system also appears different from Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile. The Nokia Lumia devices that were launched before the acquisition were all powered by Windows Phone OS. By appearance, it seems to be running Nokia’s very own Z Launcher.

The Nokia Z Launcher was first seen in the highly popular Nokia N1 tablet that was launched in 2014. It featured the Z Launcher over Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Hence, it seems that the Nokia A1 will arrive with Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS that will be overlaid with Z Launcher interface.

The Nokia A1 midrange smartphone is likely to feature a polycarbonate construction. It is rumored to be powered by Snapdragon 652 chipset. It is the same chipset that powers other smartphones like LG G5 Lite, Samsung Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A9 Pro. The Nokia A1 will be fitted with a 5.5-inch display that will carry support for full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The Nokia N1 tablet was exclusively made available in China during launch. It achieved impressive sales as it sold 20,000 units of N1 in four minutes during its initial sale. Later on, it was launched in European countries and Taiwan. Hence, the Finnish company is likely to primarily target the Nokia A1 smartphone to Chinese audience at launch.