Nokia has been full of surprises this year, making a much-awaited tablet debut and breaking new ground in the smartphone arena with quad-core power and Full HD screens, but the biggest shocker of them all may be yet to come.
As I’m sure you remember, an array of codenames for unreleased Nokia products leaked to the press a while back, followed by a photo of a little something nicknamed “Normandy” and looking like some sort of evolved Asha version.
Only the mystery device may ultimately have nothing to do with the Asha line. Or the Lumia family. Instead, there’s increasing gossip it’ll be Nokia’s first ever… Android-based smartphone. Wait, what? But aren’t the Finns on the verge of a big Microsoft buyout?
And isn’t Google the mortal nemesis of MS? Indeed, yet the Nokia Normandy is said to be “full steam ahead” nevertheless, with a late Q1 or early Q2 ETA. And mind you, the intel comes from rock-solid sources.
Plus, a mystery 4-inch dual SIM Nokia RM-980 was spotted by Zauba entering India for testing and evaluation, and there’s a good chance that bad boy and the Normandy are one and the same.
If it all proves legit and if the Nokia-Google collaboration bears fruit, we shouldn’t get awfully excited, as rumor has it the Normandy will be rather pitifully equipped in the hardware department (640 x 360 pix res screen and all).
Meanwhile, on the software side of things, Android is tipped to be heavily forked and possibly not offer access to most Google services, including the Play Store. Vaporware it is then.