We’ve already heard plenty about the Nokia phone codenamed Normandy, AKA the Nokia X, which is expected to be the company’s first Android smartphone. However, its release has always been in question, as Nokia is a dedicated follower of Windows Phone. Now, a report published by the Wall Street Journal says the device will launch during Mobile World Congress.
However, it’s not going to be much like any other Android phone on the market, and could end up having more in common with Amazon’s Kindle tablet, thanks to the installation of a heavily modified version of Google’s operating system. According to the WSJ’s sources, the phone won’t provide access to Google Play, instead pushing users to a special Nokia-run store with a selection of approved apps.
Nokia is expected to push the phone in emerging markets, where its Windows Phone-based Lumia hardware is often too expensive, and its current Asha budget phones aren’t quite smart enough. If the Normandy/Nokia X does end up replacing the Asha line, we shouldn’t expect the specs to be very exciting.
Previous leaks have backed this up, indicating a 1GHz processor may run the device, along with other specs such as a 4-inch display, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory. Leaked pictures have shown the phone will probably come in several bright colours. Nokia has announced it will be holding a press conference first thing on 24 February, the first day of the Barcelona trade show.