Nokia diversifying from Windows Phone?
More photographs have been revealed purporting to show what appears to be a Nokia smartphone running Google’s Android software. Originally rumoured last year, if true, the ‘Nokia Normandy’ would mark a major move for the Finnish manufacturer, which supports Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS and is in the process of selling its phone business to Microsoft.
Specifications for the device, known as the Nokia Normandy, have appeared on the notorious tipster site @Evleaks, which purports to show screengrabs from an AnTuTu benchmark and the phone’s ‘About’ settings menu. These show that the device will run the latest 4.4.1 ‘KitKat’ version of the Android OS, will feature an 854 x 480p display and 5MP rear camera, and will be powered by an as-yet-unspecified Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Cheap and cheerful?
These specifications suggest that the Normandy won’t be in the same league as Nokia’s headline devices such as the Lumia 920 and 1020, which have won praise for their camera capabilities and large, bright screens. It seems to fit more with the company’s mid-range devices which have been successful in growing markets at low prices.
Photos leaked earlier in the week showed a bright a colourful UI for the device, showing perhaps that the aesthetic themes of Nokia’s current budget devices, such as the Asha, will be felt as an influence on this device.
The screenshots also showed that the device will have notifications built into the lock screen, and also included views of the call screen and the Skype mobile app. It will also come with a single button, similar to Apple’s iPhone, meaning that gesture controls, as seen in the Samsung Galaxy S4, may be included.
Nokia’s decision to diversify is interesting given the company is currently having its devices and services business acquired by Microsoft for around £4.6billion. This may be one last taste of freedom before the acquisition, but more information should hopefully be forthcoming around Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.
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