Nokia X to land in India next month, hints at likely MWC 2014 announcement

Nokia X to land in India next month, hints at likely MWC 2014 announcementTime to check in on the Nokia X, or the Normandy if you prefer – the Android-based Nokia that's supposedly about to launch just as Microsoft is preparing to take full ownership of the Finnish company.

The latest word from the mobile grapevine comes from India, where a senior Nokia exec has revealed that the X will launch there in March and will fall in at the top of the Asha line-up.

The unnamed Nokia official whispered the news anonymously to Indian mobile site GoAndroid, and if true all but nails on an official announcement at MWC later this month as a certainty.

As for the Asha linkup, it makes a fair bit of sense – well, as far as Nokia releasing an Android handset at all at this stage makes sense anyway. It could never be released as a Lumia handset, since Lumia has always been Windows Phone and changing that would just dilute the brand.

Plus, a fairly basic spec – dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 4in WVGA display, 4GB of storage and 5MP camera, or so we're told – is far easier to sell as a high-end Asha rather than an entry-level Lumia.

It's not clear from the GoAndroid piece whether the official was claiming the Nokia X will launch in India first before making its way to other markets, but either way it suggests the X will toe the Asha party line by focusing mainly on developing markets.

We still haven't heard any Nokia X rumours talking specifically about a UK launch, so let's hope that's not a bad sign.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 17:19

With those specs it better comes free with...oh, I don't know....

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:39

Well the Ace is still on sale...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:57

Well the Ace is still on sale... okay, free with an Ace 2 :p

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:00

Probably be priced high at first to "show" that nokia android phones could never have been a good option...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:02

Possibly, yes... I wonder though: will it have Nokia's maps apps?

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:26

guessing only the version on amazon's app store which is garbage

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:33

Yeah, and I doubt Google would look kindly upon a full featured Nokia Here+ etc in a budget Android phone?

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:50

Could possibly see an India maps only version?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:55

Indeed...

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 21:01

Which might get worked on to work on any device and work with any map downloads..

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