Nokia Normandy prototype poses for the camera

Nokia Normandy prototype poses for the cameraIt's the $7.2bn headache that just won't go away. Yes, it's the Nokia Normandy, the Android-based Nokia smartphone that keeps on popping up on the web despite the company being just a few legal formalities away from being Microsoft's property.

Last week some rendered screenshots appeared showing Nokia's take on what an Android UI should look like, and now – to add insult to injury – some actual real live pictures of the Normandy are doing the rounds too.

And we say pictures plural, as two separate sources have come forward with real live snaps of what they claim is the Nokia Normandy.

First there's the above pic, tweeted by @seamissu, which shows what's claimed to be an “engineering prototype” of the Normandy encased in what may well be the world's ugliest rubber casing.

The second pic has surfaced in China, supposedly showing the Normandy's app launcher on screen, though we'd say there's a lack of crispness and clarity that seems more than just a bit of blurrycam fuzziness.

Add it all together and it's fairly clear now that the Nokia Normandy is no work of fiction, and the timeline of leaks (particularly those from @evleaks such as last week's teased screenshots) is consistent with a handset being lined up to launch at Mobile World Congress in February.

Now only time will tell how much of Nokia's Android flirtation was a real smartphone strategy and how much was a game of brinkmanship with Microsoft.

But either way, Microsoft did end up buying Nokia, and there's about as much chance of Microsoft releasing an Android smartphone as there is of Apple putting out a budget iPad running Windows RT.

These leaks and rumours are entertaining in giving us a glimpse of what might have been (and what many Nokia lovers spent years praying for), but let's not kid ourselves: Nokia's Normandy landing is never going to happen.

Via Engadget

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2014 at 20:47

A minute before Nokia presented the Symbian-running Pureview 808 nobody would have bet a penny on that happening...
But yes, it seems unlikely that Microsoft would sell an Android phone. And the screenies look horrible - even by leaky standards.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2014 at 09:02

lates "live" pic o_O


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