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[Representational Image] Android-powered Nokia D1C images surface online; Visual clues end the phone or tablet debate? In Picture: Nokia phones with PureView cameras had 3X zoom, but also had a noticeable camera bulge.Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia/Wikimedia Commons

Lately, we have been hearing a lot about the Android-powered Nokia device D1C, especially after the Finnish company's no-competition agreement with Microsoft expired in September. It has appeared in almost all popular benchmarking sites, but with contrasting display features leading to a raging debate whether the rumoured Nokia device is a tablet or a smartphone.

Now for the first time, Nokia D1C images have appeared online, giving us the first visual clue to make us believe it is in fact a handset.

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A Chinese Weibo user posted a series of Nokia D1C phone photos (link to pictures are given below) revealing that it would come in three colour variants — Gold, Black and Silver white.

As far as design language is concerned, Nokia D1C is shown to feature a candy bar shape with shiny metal frame and the back flaunts a matte finish. We also see the primary camera module and LED flash placed one top of the other.

It's quite intriguing to note that among the three coloured models, only the gold variant has a physical home button hinting that Nokia D1C will have finger print sensor. This apparently led many to believe that Nokia D1C might come in two variants similar to Lenovo's Moto G4 series, where the top-end model -- Motor G4 Plus -- boasts a biometric sensor and superior camera, while generic model Moto G4 lacks fingerprint sensor and houses a lower pixel-count snapper. The rest of the specifications remain the same.

Like Moto G4 series, Nokia D1C is expected to be an mid-range phone and is said to feature full HD display, 3GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU, 13MP primary camera and an 8MP front snapper.

Besides the D1C, we have come to learn that Nokia is also working on two flagship phones and tablets, as well. Rumour has it that they might make a debut in February 2017, as Nokia confirmed its participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, Barcelona (February 27-March 2).

Read more: Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017; Finnish company poised to return with a bang

[Nokia D1C Pictures: Source ]