Nokia Android smartphone to launch as Nokia X, not Normandy

By Alexandra Burlacu | Jan 24, 2014 09:47 AM EST


The much-rumored Android smartphone from Nokia has been dubbed "Normandy" so far, but new information claims that the handset will launch as the Nokia X.

Rumors of a Nokia Android smartphone have been making rounds for quite some time and various leaks so far have tried to paint a picture of what to expect in terms of specs and design.

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Famous tipster @evleaks has been the main source of leaks regarding Project Normandy and is also the one to reveal the purported new moniker.

"Project Normandy = Nokia X," reads a brief tweet from @evleaks on Friday, Jan. 24. Other than the name change, the tipster provided no additional information regarding the device.

Based on previous rumors so far, the first Android smartphone from Nokia is expected to run a heavily customized, forked version of Android, similar to how Amazon's Kindle devices run a forked Android OS. The Nokia Android handset is also expected to come with a unique user interface (UI), which would draw design cues from the Metro UI found on current Windows Phone devices.

The Nokia X, aka. Nokia Normandy, is expected to be available in six different colors, similar to how Nokia offers its Lumia handsets in an array of colorful options. The smartphone will reportedly launch with a modified Android 4.4.1 KitKat OS. Other rumored specs include a 4-inch FWVGA display, a Qualcomm processor, and a 5-megapixel camera.

Nokia has yet to announce or confirm such an Android device, but some rumors pointed to the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 for the big unveiling. The trade show kicks off next month in Barcelona, but a Nokia Android smartphone unveiling at the show seems unlikely.

While many Nokia fans are eagerly waiting for an Android smartphone from the company, nothing is confirmed at this point. Despite the extensive leaks and reports, the purported Nokia X, or Normandy, is still in the rumor state for now. Consequently, it is highly advisable to take all such news with a hefty grain of salt until official confirmation, especially considering Nokia's tight relationship with Microsoft. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more, but don't hold your breath for a Nokia Android smartphone debuting at MWC.



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