Back in September we first learned of the possibility of an Android-powered Nokia handset, though it was originally believed that the project had been axed in light of Microsoft’s plans to buy Nokia’s handset division.
As the months crept by, we learned more and more about the so-called Nokia Normandy, and soon enough we received word that Nokia planned to still release the handset sometime in 2014. Over the last month or so, Nokia has been teasing pretty hard about the Normandy, which is expected to arrive commercially under the name Nokia X.
Between this latest teaser and everything else, it’s pretty obvious that the Nokia X is really coming to MWC.
Last month, the company unveiled the first details for its MWC press event, with a green leaf background, which was believed by some to be a subtle hint at an Android device. More recently, we saw Nokia’s logo on its Facebook and Twitter pages temporarily turn green, before eventually going back to the normal Nokia blue.
Still not concrete enough evidence that the Nokia X is on its way?
Taking to their Nokia Conversations blog, the phone maker has posted up a reminder about its upcoming MWC February 24th press conference, complete with a rather revealing teaser image. Not only is the image green, but all the pointing arrows form an ‘X’. Between this latest teaser and everything else, it’s pretty obvious that the Nokia X is really coming to MWC.
For those wondering what the Nokia X will bring to the table, it is rumored to feature a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 512MB of RAM. Other specs include a 4-inch display with an unknown resolution, 4GB storage, microSD, a 1,500mAh battery, 5MP camera, and dual-sim support. We also expect the Android software to be a Nokia fork that is designed to look like Windows Phone (tiled interface).The device will have its own Nokia app store and will promote Microsoft/Nokia services and apps, instead of Google Play services support.
While the Nokia X is obviously a budget device geared towards first time buyers in emerging and budget markets, it’s still nice to see that Nokia has finally brought us the dream of an Android-powered device — even if it’s not quite the high-end flagship many of us would like to see. Anyone interested in the Nokia X, or does its locked down ecosystem and lower-end specs turn you off?