Finnish phone and smartphone manufacturer and one of the most popular names in mobile communication Nokia is readying its first Android smartphone dubbed Nokia Normandy for exhibit during the 2014 Mobile World Congress (WMC) in Barcelona scheduled to kick off on Monday 24th February, Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
When rumors that Nokia was working on Android smartphone surfaced, most who are abreast with the development in the smartphone market dismissed them because not so long ago, Nokia entered into a $7.4 billion contract with Microsoft.
Unlike what you are probably used to when it comes Android devices, this is not a high end 5-incher, the Normandy is actually an inexpensive low-end device that targets the emerging markets. According to various sources, including early leaks published throughout last month, Nokia Normandy will be called Nokia X and will only run services that Nokia in partnership with Microsoft create.
Nokia X, reports indicate, will have a quite impressive 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon SoC, a 4 inch WVGA display, measly 512 MB of RAM and just 4 GB of onboard memory but with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Other specs of the device include a 5 megapixels rear camera, a 1,500 mAh battery and a will support dual SIM.
Nokia, The Wall Street Journal reports, is scheduled to hold a press conference during the WMC trade show on Monday and it is believed the device will be on show, probably display, on the same day.
The interesting bit of news is that Nokia X will not be your typical Android smartphone because it does not come with Google’s Play Store installed. This inexpensive device will instead come with pre-installed services including the most popular applications like Facebook, Twitter and Skype. The device will of course come with other Google and Nokia apps including Here maps and Mix Radio according to the report.
What’s Nokia’s plan?
Last year, Nokia was looking for a Linux software Engineer and most people, including us, speculated that an Android device has got to be in the works, a speculation that Nokia denied a couple of days later. Now that it has turned out to be true, could Nokia have a plan with Android or is this a strategy to use the open source Android code as a basis for their devices but work on their own play store, just like Amazon?
Whatever their plans, we hope to find out on Monday 24th.