Retailer Advertises Nokia Normandy Ahead Of Possible MWC Debut
Nokia Normandy, Nokia’s first Android-powered smartphone, has appeared on a Vietnamese retailer’s website ahead of its official debut. The much-anticipated device is expected to show its face for the first time at MWC next month, and it could launch with support for a number of Google services — including the Google Play Store.
We’ve seen Normandy a number of times in recent months, but we’ve been skeptical about its release given Nokia’s close relationship with Microsoft and its Windows Phone operating system. Also, with Microsoft on the verge of acquiring Nokia’s smartphone business, it seemed any plans the Finnish firm might have had for an Android-powered handset would have probably been quashed.
But as MWC gets closer, it’s beginning to look like Normandy may get an official unveiling after all. Nokia has already announced that it has something to announce on Monday, February 24, and now the largest online retailer in Vietnam, Gioididong.com, has listed Normandy on its website.
The specifications match up with what we’ve been expecting from this device; it’s an entry-level smartphone designed as an alternative to Nokia’s affordable Asha lineup. It features a 4-inch FWVGA display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and dual SIM card slots.
Gioididong.com also says Normandy will run Android 4.4 KitKat, but we expect it to be a custom version of the operating system that looks more like Windows Phone than stock Android. We also expected Normandy to have its own App Store, but the listing states it will have access to Google services like Maps, Gmail, Google Now, and even Google Play.
Of course, it’s highly likely Gioididong.com may have copied these specifications from another Android-powered device, and made the listing simply based on the recent rumors and speculation. Sometimes retailers do this knowing it might generate some decent traffic.
Gioididong.com doesn’t list Normandy’s price or its release date, so we’ll have to wait to see what Nokia announces at MWC. Just don’t be too disappointed if it’s another Windows Phone device instead.