Speculation surrounds rumored Nokia Normandy model


Over the weekend, we saw @evleaks reach into his bag of secrets and pull out a few tantalizing Nokia codenames, giving us a little glimpse into the company’s future aspirations for its Windows Phone 8 (and maybe even full-Windows 8/RT) lineup. The names themselves didn’t seem to reveal much – an odd mix of 007 references, geography, and minerals – but today we start to look at one in particular a little closer, with a bit of a mystery forming around the device codenamed Normandy.

Returning to the subject today, @evleaks tweets that “Nokia Normandy is the missing link.”

Link between what and what, we wonder. The next big transition we’re aware of is the evolution from Windows Phone 8 to 8.1, tipped for the first half of 2014, but that doesn’t really sound right here – “missing link” suggests a connection between two things we already have.

Maybe between WP8 and Android? There was all that talk about dual-booting phones, after all. Again, it doesn’t feel too likely. While the jury’s still out on those dual-mode handsets, we’ve been nearly universally talking about them coming from other Windows Phone OEMs – it’s hard to believe that Nokia, much less a Microsoft-acquired Nokia, would go down that path.

What about the link between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8/RT? We already know Microsoft has been prepping to integrate the app stores for the two – could we take things one step further and start seeing hardware capable of running both types of software? For now, we don’t know, but Normandy sounds like it’s going to be pretty interesting, one way or another.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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