By the end of this month, Nokia will be showcasing its first ever Android smartphone, Nokia X (codenamed as “Normandy”), that means the device could be unveiled during the MWC 2014 event at Barcelona.
According to the report by The Wall Street Journal, Nokia is working hard to deliver the device by this month-end, while Microsoft was busy in completing the due diligence of the Nokia acquisition deal.
As we have already reported before, the Nokia X Android phone will be coming with the affordable price tag, but without Google Play support. That could be very similar to that of Amazon’s Kindle Android devices, where the device-maker inserted their own Amazon Appstore inside the device. instead of Google Play Store. Nokia X Android devices will be coming with Nokia Store for its app requirements.
Unsurprisingly, Nokia will be loading their own Windows Phone 8-like UI on top of the original Android software, which could boast Live tiles similar to the Microsoft’s mobile OS. Nokia X could be coming with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4-inch WVGA display, dual-SIM support and only 4GB of internal storage space. The Finnish phone-maker will be releasing this device under the Asha lineup, with similar range of pricing.
Currently, Nokia is leading Windows Phone device-maker, with its massive 92 percent share in 2013, where the low-end Nokia Lumia 520 Windows Phone handset is responsible for overall 30 percent share, alone. The time will tell you, whether the launch of the low-end Android phone will affect the current entry-level Windows Phones or not. Stay tuned for more updates.