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New Leaked Specs Emerge for the Rumored Nokia X Formerly Known as “Normandy”
Ever since we first caught wind of the potential existence of an Android-powered Nokia smartphones twenty days ago, rumors have been flying around left and right. The device, which was thought to be named “Normandy,” is the embodiment of what many would consider the ideal device: the Android operating system running on Nokia’s critically acclaimed (and durable) hardware.
The rumors got off to a healthy start with some leaked screenshots and renders showcasing a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based (unknown variant) device, with what appeared to be a 4″ screen running at WVGA resolution. The rumors also pointed to a 5 MP camera and a dual SIM slot. Not too long after, we saw alleged shots of the device powered on and booted up, showcasing its unique and highly customized Android UI. Around that time, we also saw a few color options appear in another leaked render. Then a couple days later, we saw another leaked shot of the physical device, as well as new leaked screenshots of the highly customized user interface, complete with two separate user interface modes. Now thanks to leaker extraordinaire @evleaks, we have a few additional details to add to the rumor mill.
For starters, according to @evleaks, the device in question will be called the Nokia X. This replaces the “Normandy” moniker we’ve seen thus far, as well as the A110 codename we saw in the first screenshots. And according to the leak, we also have a good idea about the device’s hardware specs:
Nokia X: 2 x 1GHz Snapdragon, 4″ WVGA, 512MB / 4GB / microSD, 5MP, 1500MAh, Nokia Store + 3rd party, dual-SIM, 6 colors.
Those with a keen eye will be quick to note that these latest rumored specs match up perfectly with the previously rumored details we shared about the A110, as this leak also points to a 4″ WVGA screen, a Snapdragon processor, dual-SIM slots, multiple casing colors, and a 5 MP camera. Judging by the limited storage, RAM, and battery capacity, we can assume this device will be aimed at the budget-friendly market currently being dominated by the likes of the fantastic Moto G. And the rumored Nokia Store lends even more credence to the idea that this device (if it ever comes to exist) will be based on a forked and heavily modified version of Android, which is perhaps only “Android” at its very core.
What are your thoughts on a potential Nokia-built Android device? Now that more rumors are flying around, do you think this could actually be in the works, or do you think that all of the hardware development and leaks we’ve seen surrounding the Normandy/Nokia X/A110 were just safety measures in case the Microsoft acquisition fell through? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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