By Stephen Schenck | January 29, 2014 7:50 PM
The latest chapter in the sage of the Nokia Normandy – which is sounding like it may be launched (assuming that actually happens) as the Nokia X – hasn’t exactly been the most exciting one, as a set of leaked hardware specs implied some underpowered performance for the Android smartphone. With details like a meager 512MB of RAM and a dual-core Snapdragon running at just 1GHz, the phone sounded more on-par with a handset form 2010/11 than anything current and competitive; even the Moto X, which has become a great point of reference for non-flagship specs still delivering high-level performance, still has 2GB of RAM and a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm chip. Normandy isn’t looking like it’s going to set any records, but some new benchmark results suggest the phone may not be QUITE as sluggish as you might think.
Don’t get us wrong; Normandy still looks well behind the pack, but these browser-based scores put it on relatively even footing with devices much more capable-sounding on paper, such as the HTC One X.
We realize that browser benchmarks aren’t a holistic assessment of phone performance (and then there’s the whole issue of the worth of benchmarks in general, not to mention the validity of these specific results – which lack basic data on the SoC and other details), so while we’re not rushing to judgment, we’re also feeling just a little better about Normandy’s prospects.