Notkia (name change planned)

Linux phone in the shape of Nokia, with LoRa+WiFI+BT connectivity.

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Note: This is NOT a custom ROM for Nokia phones. It is a freshly designed PCB with exactly the same dimensions as the original PCB of the Nokia phone, so it can be put in the Nokia's shell.

Some breaking changes are undergoing:

  • Introduced a PIC24 "EC" to manage LoRa, audio and keypad in a low power manner.

Last edit: 2022-08-21

Changelog moved to project logs.
Please start reading from the "Brief Introduction" section if you are not familiar with this project.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please join our discord server or send us an email.


What's working

  • Hardware
    • LCD display and its backlight
    • Keypad
    • Lora transciever
    • WiFi and Bluetooth
    • Battery management
    • RTC
    • USB Device and Host
    • Storage: SD NAND
  • Software
    • Mainline Linux kernel
    • Buildroot userland: musl, busybox init, eudev
    • Basic support of WiFi and Bluetooth: iw, wpa_supplicant, bluetooth{d,ctl}
    • Basic input support: keypad as gpio-keys evdev
    • USB audio
    • Laggy X11 based on fbtft

Important things that are not working at this monent

  • Hardware
    • Internal GNSS section (removed)
    • Internal camera section (removed)
    • Type-C role auto detection
    • Enabling WiFi or backlight without a battery could knock out the EPS grid BQ25890 PMIC
  • Software
    • Suspend to RAM support
    • I2S drivers

Brief introduction

  • Nokia 168x shape: Easy to operate with one hand & fit in pockets easily
  • Runs mainline Linux
  • Processor: Ingenic X1000E, 2200+ CoreMark, 64MB RAM
  • Storage: 32MB NOR + 4GB SLC NAND
  • Connectivity: Lora, WiFi 2.4G, Bluetooth, and GPS+GLONASS.
  • Display: 2.0'' 240x320 IPS LCD, 3/4 visible
  • Audio: Yamaha MA-3 (YMU762) music synthesizer + Regular I2S PCM codec
  • Camera: 5MP AF (only available in 1680 case)
  • Power: Battery management solution from TI, and standard BL-5C battery
  • Misc: Type-C OTG, RGB indicator LED, temperature & humidity sensor, powers on without battery, zero-conflict keypad

Why do we need it?

  • People who don't like HUGE smartphones do exist on this planet
  • Modern smartphones are becoming increasingly privacy unfriendly & hacker unfriendly, and the worst thing is: privacy is already a business for these businessmen:
    • There are many "privacy oriented" products on the market that aren't even designed by people with privacy awareness
    • Same for hackability
  • Find more in the "Afterword" section in the end of this article

See it in action:


This project is already submitted to Croud Supply for fundraising. We're waiting for their response.

After the fundraising is completed, we will start to develop the necessary software mentioned below, and all PCB design files (including schematic and board design files) will be open sourced under the CERN-OHL2-S license.

Early prototypes (PCB only) will be available to be purchased separately.

Form factor

The Notkia uses the Nokia 1680/1681/1682 form factor. Yes, it has a proper shell. The 1680 has a camera, and the other models don't. It can be comfortably operated one handed, no matter in public transport or in bed. Having it accidentally falling into your face won't cause extreme pain. It can be put in almost all pockets and bags without a problem, and won't scratch your clothes or pull your beach pants down.

▲ It can be comfortably operated with only one hand

The main reason of we choosing the 168x series is because it has the largest inner space among all the feature phones we inspected so far. Its inner space is big enough to put a spring antenna inside! Also, its power connector has its own piece of plastic on the PCB, this means it can be changed to another type of connector without problems. However it doesn't look very pretty, and I hope we can get enough money to replace the plastic clip surrounding the charging port.

▲ I tried my best to make the Type-C surroundings look...

Read more »


Ingenic X1000/E datasheet

Adobe Portable Document Format - 1.42 MB - 06/02/2022 at 20:17



Ingenic X1000 series programming manual

Adobe Portable Document Format - 10.49 MB - 06/02/2022 at 20:17



Ingenic X1000/E product brochure

Adobe Portable Document Format - 5.96 MB - 06/02/2022 at 20:17


  • 1 × Ingenic X1000E
  • 1 × TI BQ25890
  • 1 × Ampak AP6214
  • 1 × Nuvoton NAU88C22
  • 1 × Yamaha YMU762

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leo60228 wrote 09/08/2022 at 16:02 point

I assume you've already looked, but is the nRF9160 not even smaller than the A7680C?

EDIT: While researching something else, I found the Murata LBAD0XX1SC which is even smaller. However, it doesn't seem to be easily available, while the nRF9160 is stocked by Digi-Key.

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trax wrote 08/10/2022 at 07:07 point

Very cool project. Just like many others, I have been thinking about the same thing for years.

BTW some name suggestions:

- Nuki

- Nooki

- Nookie

Some variations with "L" for Linux as well as for LoRa:

- Looki

- Lokia

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initrd wrote 09/08/2022 at 18:57 point

I like Suzukia.

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opencomputedesign wrote 08/01/2022 at 05:44 point

This is so cool! I've been looking for almost exactly this for so long!

I'd love (assuming I can muster the skills) to "port" this board to other Nokia Chassis (I'm a huge fan of sliders and clamshells).

In any case, I'm so excited at the prospect of getting my hands on one :)

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Elliot Williams wrote 07/21/2022 at 07:08 point

I'm not a lawyer, but Nokia's scare letter referenced our terms of use here and suggested that we might think that you are in violation.

We don't. 

We think Nokia is overstepping, and that they should back down.  An apology wouldn't hurt, either.  

This project is pretty clearly Not endorsed by Nokia.  :)

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Reimu NotMoe wrote 07/21/2022 at 13:57 point

Thank you. It seems that you're a Hackaday staff. Do you think this project can still participate in your competition despite Nokia's efforts to take it down?

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Elliot Williams wrote 07/27/2022 at 12:48 point

Yeah, sure!  

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growntree wrote 07/11/2022 at 22:29 point

How about aikon as a name as it has the same Nokia tribute if you can read backwards, but can't be confused with actually being Nokia. 

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tywy wrote 08/02/2022 at 12:51 point


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initrd wrote 07/07/2022 at 02:51 point would be interesting to maybe use something like the Mudita OS (runs on Cortex M7) on an Ambiq Apollo (Cortex M4) and use Lora for SIP phone or SMS :)

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initrd wrote 07/07/2022 at 01:15 point

I really like this project because of the many Nokias I've used and still use since my Nokia E51 way back in 2007. About 18 months ago I explored the possibility of running linux on a 4MB RAM microcontroller that runs on ultra low power 6microamps/mHz. We were looking to develop a bootloader that could be ported to something like the Ambiq Apollo 4, which can support that amount of RAM with little no additional SPI added. We have a Zulip server, where I posted the CNX article covering your project

  Are you sure? yes | no wrote 07/01/2022 at 10:49 point

new name : "Unicus" like a unix, unices but some other.

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Johannes Brakensiek wrote 06/27/2022 at 08:03 point

Regarding the OS and GUI I'd like to point your interest to Letux and mySTEP. The latter is a GNUstep fork which once worked on the OpenMoko devices and is licensed under LPGL. Creator is the German company Goldelico.

  Are you sure? yes | no wrote 06/24/2022 at 18:46 point

anybody have a stl enclosure?

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Maciej Sopyło wrote 06/22/2022 at 11:04 point

Cares about privacy and "companies spying on people"

Uses discord


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Reimu NotMoe wrote 06/29/2022 at 17:52 point

I use BitMessage as well. You want to chat on that?

  Are you sure? yes | no wrote 06/19/2022 at 17:30 point

Meybe adding a second USB A host ? (near usb C) or C HOST

keyboard similar blackberry or jio 2 ? No need increase screen. normal put it horisontaly

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Nazwa wrote 06/19/2022 at 14:37 point

LoRa is definitely a good idea (lora+wifi of course ;-) )

Meybe add small solar panel or 3d printer enclosure  and normal 18650 battery (not replace but aditional) or AA or 18650

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Adam Quantrill wrote 06/19/2022 at 11:44 point

Looks very interesting! If it wasn't for my eyesight getting worse, and I need s bigger screen these days, I'd be up for one. I know you aren't for "centralised" networks, but have you looked at the small LTE modules available these days e.g. Of course you would also need s SIM socket.

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initrd wrote 07/07/2022 at 02:50 point

maybe an e-ink phone like the Mudita but running linux.

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Linzi wrote 06/16/2022 at 04:33 point

If the crowdfunding starts, I will buy one

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nameisg wrote 06/09/2022 at 13:00 point

what do you think if you change the design to a nokia e72, it will have more space and easy QWERTY keyboard for operations

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Nazwa wrote 06/19/2022 at 14:34 point

I like blackberry keyboard (bigest battery will be fit) or today jio 2 keyboard. Meybe You can found enclosure

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teraz wrote 06/07/2022 at 07:52 point

BTW. Notice that no one is whining about the CPU being too small, everyone is focusing on the power supply and maybe more host USB ;-) If it is a regular Linux the rest is not a problem.


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x893 wrote 06/05/2022 at 07:34 point


I think port to SSD202D

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Reimu NotMoe wrote 06/05/2022 at 10:22 point

Thank you for liking this project! We know this chip. But it's not as open as the Ingenic processors. Future versions of the Notkia may change to the Ingenic X2000H with 8000+ CoreMark and 512MB RAM.

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Gallo Chingon wrote 06/05/2022 at 00:25 point

I'm just a script kiddie, so I'm useless in terms of helping the project out. But if there's a crowdfunding at some point, I'll DEFINITELY buy one!

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Reimu NotMoe wrote 06/05/2022 at 10:23 point

Thank you for supporting!

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teraz wrote 06/04/2022 at 21:28 point

please add bigest font to terminal ;-) and meybe polish font too ;-)

for wifi meybe ading a external antena and batman

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Reimu NotMoe wrote 06/05/2022 at 10:23 point

We're aware of the batman mesh and even tried it on Lora :)

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teraz wrote 06/07/2022 at 07:47 point

in lora bandwitch? wow

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teraz wrote 06/07/2022 at 07:51 point

external antena example i thing the e-ink is not good idea for this project but increase distance in wifi . Yes this is good idea.

is possible printing enclosure for using whole screen space?

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