We get it, there is a lot of hype about Nokia’s Normandy. Supposedly, it is a low end smartphone running custom version of Android which might be released by Nokia under the Asha series. It bears the codename as A110 but it might be officially named as Nokia X or Nokia Asha X. Here are all the details that you wanted to know about the device. First, the specifications;
Nokia Asha X Normandy Specifications:
- 4″ LCD Screen, 854 x 480 pixels, multitouch capacitive, ~245 ppi pixel density
- 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC, 512MB of RAM
- 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
- 3MP or 5MP AF camera
- Modified Android v4.4.1 KitKat operating system
- Nokia & Microsoft services: Bing, OneDrive, Outlook, HERE Maps, etc.
- Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
- Dual SIM, 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery
- 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, A-GPS, MicroUSB v2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
According to all the rumours from @evleaks, it will resemble the look of the Nokia Lumia series, especially the Nokia Lumia 520/525 which we reviewed recently. As opposed to all the Android devices, it will feature only a physical back button. It will have a 3MP or 5MP camera at the rear sans flash. There will be no front-facing camera given its ultra affordable price tag. It will feature dual SIM card slots and is expected to be focussed towards the developing markets like India, China, Russia and South Africa.
Nokia X: 2 x 1GHz Snapdragon, 4″ WVGA, 512MB / 4GB / microSD, 5MP, 1500MAh, Nokia Store + 3rd party, dual-SIM, 6 colors.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 28, 2014
It will run on a forked version of Android v4.4.1 KitKat and all the Google services such as Google Maps, Google Drive, GMail, etc will be replaced by Nokia and Microsoft counterparts such as Outlook, OneDrive, Bing, HERE maps, etc. Even the UI will be designed to look very similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone UI with Live Tiles. Every major publication has already written their views on Nokia X and if Nokia/Microsoft releasing a forked Android device is worth enough.
Supposedly, Microsoft isn’t happy with the idea of releasing this device. Eldar Murtazin stated that there is a lot of politics going around the release of this device and if it should ever be released, it will be before the complete acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft. According to Wall Street Journal, this device will be announced in the upcoming Mobile World Congress even in February, 2014. This device has already been certified in Thailand and Malaysia.