Nokia D1C Android smartphone - Geekbench 3 result

Evidence emerges of a new Nokia smartphone running Android Nougat

With Nokia’s return as a smartphone and tablet maker edging closer, a new device has been spotted on the Geekbench 3 benchmarking platform. A smartphone – which is labelled as a Nokia D1C – is listed, offering a set of mid-range specs.

Nokia’s work on new mobile devices is not exactly a secret, and the company’s re-emergence has been anticipated for some time now. A new range of Nokia smartphones and tablets is likely to start rolling out in either the fourth quarter of 2016, or at the start of 2017.

One of the more noteworthy points about the Nokia D1C’s appearance on Geekbench is that it was running the latest version of Android. The benchmarking results for the smartphone show that it has Android 7.0 Nougat installed.

Currently there is only one device on the market that comes with Android Nougat out of the box. The LG V20 went on sale recently, but it is only available in a limited number of markets.

More consumers will get a change to buy an Android Nougat device soon, though, as Google is set to unveil a new collection of hardware next week.

Given that the Nokia D1C’s appearance on Geekbench is the first that anyone has seen of the device, it is probably near the start of its testing, so an imminent launch is unlikely.

The Geekbench 3 results for the Nokia D1C do not provide a full overview of the smartphone, although they do offer a strong indication that it is a mid-range device.

The Nokia D1C is being testing with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 system-on-chip and 3 GB RAM.

At the time of writing there are five sets of Geekbench results for the device, all recorded on 30 September. They provide an average single-core score of 668.6 and an average multi-core score of 3,002.

When it launches its first batch of new mobile products, Nokia is expected to offer up three or four new devices. For those wanting something more powerful than the Nokia D1C, there are strong rumours that one of the products will be a high-end smartphone, possibly running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip.

Nokia is likely to try to differentiate their new devices using software customisation. The firm’s Z Launcher might provide a small indication of what to expect, although it is worth noting that this has not been updated since April, so work may have started on a new user experience.