The first Android powered Nokia phone is reportedly getting ready for launch during the MWC in Barcelona next month, and already we know most of what makes this device different besides the operating system. Earlier today, I read that Nokia had sent out the device to developers in India, further hinting on who the phone is meant for and where the first Android device by the Finnish maker is likely to be targeted.
Nokia X, aka Nokia Normandy, is foraying onto the Android territory shortly before Microsoft takes over the company. Just a few hours ago, renowned leaks site @evleaks, published the latest images of the Nokia X smartphone, showcasing a green ambience and a build or feel much like that of the Nokia Asha entry-level feature phone. The bodily design of the phone is a lot like that of the existing Nokia Asha, leading most of us to believe that it is an improved Asha 503 on Android.
It is now clear that the Nokia Normandy, the phone that turned out to be Nokia X, is targeting emerging markets, most likely Far East and Africa. The phone is rumored to have a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, a compact 4 inch 800 x 480 pixels display and a 5 megapixels rear camera. Other core specs of the device include 4 GB onboard memory, very out dated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and is believed to launch in two color variants – green and red.
The only reason Nokia X is making news headlines is because the maker, Nokia, had once shown signs that it would never be involved in Android. However, feature phones, the devices that made the Finnish company, are dead (or dying), and Nokia has been phased out as the most popular phone company by Samsung. Nokia may be headed where RIM is, but Microsoft is determined to revive Windows phone operating system, hopefully through Nokia, but that is a story for another day. The bottom line is, it is unlikely we will see another Nokia Android device soon, but this may depend on how the market receives Nokia X.
Techrum.vn, a Vietnamese retailer, pegged a price of 2.2 to 2.5 million VND (about $110 US) on the Nokia X. this is the first price that the device has gotten since the initial leak over 3 months ago, when we learnt that Nokia Normandy would fall somewhere between Lumia 525 and Asha 503 in Nokia’s portfolio.
Other reliable rumors say that although Nokia X will run on Android, it will have a Windows Phone – like interface and instead of Google Play, users will get an added app store with popular apps. It is still unclear whether the device will support dual SIM or there is a different model that supports dual-SIM, but there has been talk revolving around this.