As it concludes the sale of its handset business to Microsoft, Finnish smartphone maker Nokia is all set to launch its first Android-powered phone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) later this month.
Reiterating previous media reports, The Wall Street Journal said that the Nokia X (Normandy) budget Android phone will use a customised “forked” version of Google’s operating system. Amazon did similar for its Kindle range of tablets while using the popular Android OS.
It is expected that Nokia will integrate Microsoft services onto the smartphone with a special app store for some existing Android apps.
The Finnish company has scheduled its MWC press event on February 24th, hinting only at “meet us under the tree.”
“… Nokia will not focus heavily on its future Windows Phone plans at Mobile World Congress. Instead, Nokia will reportedly detail its Android “Normandy” phone, which is expected to be named “Nokia X” once it starts shipping. With a lack of Google Play Store access on Nokia’s Android phone, the company may be forced to focus on any apps it has managed to successfully port to its forked version of Android,” The Verge said in a report.
As reported last week, Nokia X will be launched in India as part of the Asha lineup as early as next month.
Nokia X will apparently be powered by a dual core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1Ghz along with Adreno 302 GPU. The display is a rather small 4-inch TFT with a resolution of 480×845 (FWVGA) pixels.
It’s thought to pack a 5-megapixel shooter, 4GB of expandable storage and 512 MB of RAM. The device will draw power from a 1500mAh battery. There will be dual SIM support too.