The tale of Nokia and Google’s unlikely collaboration is about to turn into a saga, as yet another pic allegedly showcasing the Android-running Normandy handheld has leaked to the press. This one comes by way of a Chinese Weibo user with not exactly a proven record in the field, though @evleaks’ retweet should ensure its credibility.
To date, the Normandy (not a final name) has showed its face (and rear) in about half a dozen photos, so we can officially rule out the possibility of the entire thing being a hoax. What’s unclear is if Nokia worked on the project last year and abandoned it at Microsoft’s request, or went forward with it, still planning to roll out the gizmo to end users.
Either way, what you’re looking at above is reportedly an early prototype subject to design transformations. On the software side of things, the mid-ranger is rumored to run a heavily forked, modified Android 4.4 KitKat version, with limited or no Google Play support whatsoever.
In terms of hardware, don’t hold your breath for anything groundbreaking, as the best case scenario pegs the phone sporting a 4-inch 854 x 480 pix res panel, quad-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1 GB RAM and 5 MP camera. Worst case scenario? Let’s just say ignorance is indeed bliss in certain situations.