Skip to main content

Specs leak for the Nokia X, suggesting its Android game plan is still on (Updated)

Nokia Lumia 1020 front facing camera
Image used with permission by copyright holder

It’s hard to believe, but Nokia appears to be moving forward with its much-discussed Android smartphone project, despite being in the final stages of a sale to Microsoft. First leaked under the codename Normandy, the phone is rumored to be a replacement for the aging Asha range of phones, which run Nokia’s Series 40 software.

This week has seen a flurry of new information regarding the Normandy, which is now also known under the Nokia X name. Whether this makes it through to production remains to be seen, much like the actual phone. Anyway, the source of the initial images, the @evleaks Twitter account, has also come up with a list of potential specs.

If they’re accurate, the little phone may have a 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, and be powered by a dual-core, 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM. Nothing special when compared to Nokia’s high-end Lumia hardware, but pretty good when stacked up against many Asha phones.

Nokia Normandy LeakThe list continues with a whole 4GB of internal memory, a MicroSD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a modest 1500mAh battery. A dual-SIM variant for certain markets may also be launched. Prior to the @evleaks information coming out, a listing for the Normandy briefly appeared on a Vietnamese online retailer’s website, where it was also stated the phone would run Android 4.4 KitKat. Finally, as seen in supposed pictures of the Normandy, it will come in six different colors.

A lot of people have dreamed of a Nokia Android phone, but the Nokia X probably isn’t what they had in mind. The operating system isn’t likely to look much like Android either, as the leaked screenshots suggest it’ll be covered in a Windows Phone-like user interface.

The Nokia X is an enigma. Will it really be released, and if so, does that indicate Microsoft’s blessing? As Android will probably be underneath, will it meet Google’s standards and feature Google Play? Where will it go on sale, and for how much? All these questions and more could be answered at Mobile World Congress next month, when Nokia may add the Normandy to its slate of new releases also expected at the Barcelona show.

Updated on 01-29-2014 by Andy: A phone listed as the Nokia X has shown up on a benchmarking test website. The results indicate the phone will be a modest performer, keeping the Sony Xperia C company. It’s worth remembering benchmark results can be faked, so don’t take this as absolute proof of the Nokia X’s existence.

Article originally published on 01-28-2014

Editors' Recommendations

Andy Boxall
Andy is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends, where he concentrates on mobile technology, a subject he has written about for…
HMD’s Nokia 2.2 is now available in the U.S., and it’s slated to get Android Q
Nokia 7.1 fingerprint sensor

HMD Global has been on a roll releasing budget Nokia phones in the U.S. in all shapes and sizes, and its latest is the Nokia 2.2. It's a refreshed version of the ultra-affordable Nokia 2 from 2018, with a few new features and the promise of an update to the upcoming version of Android, Android Q.

The fact this $139 phone will get Android Q quite quickly -- and that it's getting it at all -- is notable, as it makes it one of the cheapest phones to will support the new version of the Android operating system. This is possible because the Nokia 2.2 is an Android One smartphone, which means you can expect a minimum of two years of OS upgrades and two years of monthly security updates. Here's everything you need to know about Nokia 2.2.
Design and display

Read more
Nokia expands its budget range with new phones from AT&T and Cricket Wireless
Nokia 3.1 review

Previous

Next

Read more
Best Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra deals: How to get the phone for free
Close-up view of the cameras on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Despite the recent release of the Samsung S24 Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra remains a powerhouse smartphone worth considering. Right now is also one of the best times to buy a new Galaxy S23 Ultra, as it becoming a generation older has ushered in some really impressive Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra deals. You’ll find these deals scattered across all kinds of retailers, so we’ve done the heavy lifting of organizing all of them in one place. The best Samsung Galaxy deals include some massive savings through sales and trade-in credits, so keep reading for more details on which retail outlet may net you the most savings on a new Galaxy S23 Ultra. Be sure to compare these to older Samsung Galaxy S22 deals and newer Samsung Galaxy S24 deals.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra deals at Amazon

Amazon is offering a 14% discount on the 512GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, bringing the price from $1,380 to $1,199. That's a savings of nearly $200 to get the new phone. This version of the phone is unlocked for all carriers, so you have the freedom to use whatever plan you choose with it.

Read more