The case for the death of the Nokia Normandy seems increasingly weak, as new reports reveal details about the phone’s UI and some of its possible specs.
Reports of the Android-powered Nokia Normandy first appeared in December, with The Verge and AllThingsD reporting independently that development of the device was underway and that Microsoft was actually considering allowing it to hit the market. Soon after, Chinese publication CTechCN claimed that Nokia had given up on the idea.
@evleaks chimed in to deny that Normandy has been put to pasture, and today he came with a proof of sorts. The renders above allegedly show the user interface of Nokia’s Android implementation. At first glance, we can tell that the idea was to transplant some of the esthetic of Windows Phone to the Android paradigm. Indeed, according to Ina Fried on AllThingsD, one of the main goals of the project is to accustom users of Nokia’s entry-level smartphones to Windows Phone.
We have no way of knowing if the screenshots are real and current, but an unrelated report seems to add credence to the theory that the Normandy is on track to becoming a real product. An entry for a device called Nokia A110 running Android 4.4.2 allegedly surfaced in the database of the AnTuTu benchmarking site. The caveat is there’s no way of verifying the veracity of the screenshots below, which first surfaced on Weibo.
If real, the screenshots show the A110 with a 5MP camera and 854 x 480 resolution, along with a Snapdragon processor, all of which seem plausible specs for an entry-level smartphone like the Normandy.
What do you think?