By Stephen Schenck | January 8, 2014 11:06 AM
Update: We’ve moved the screenshots down below, because we see @evleaks has just released his latest batch of Normandy imagery. Dig the UI?
For about a month now, we’ve been fielding rumors that the Nokia Normandy, initially teased as some mysterious “missing link,” could actually be an Android-running smartphone. Early on, the feeling was that it might have just been some internal project – like some kind of just-because-we-can port or maybe even insurance against a failed Microsoft deal – but in the weeks that followed, some voices have been pretty adamant that there’s still something worth paying attention to here, and it’s not inconceivable that we could still see the handset launch in one form or another. Today we either get some evidence in favor of that theory, or are being played by a hoaxster, as we get to see some screenshots of supposed benchmark testing of Nokia Android hardware.
The device identifies as Nokia’s model A110 (A for Android?) and appears to have middling specs: an FWVGA display (reportedly a four-incher), five-megapixel main camera, and a Snapdragon SoC of unknown specification. On its own, that’s not very exciting at all and may point to a project that’s been on the back burner for a long while now.
Of course, the interesting part isn’t the hardware, but the notion of a Nokia Android to begin with. Is that actually what we have here? Honestly, we just don’t know. Even if this is legit, are the rest of the Normandy rumors right about ongoing launch plans, or are we getting excited over a phone we’ll ultimately never see arrive? While we’re very interested in getting those answers, they just aren’t on the menu today.