By Stephen Schenck | February 4, 2014 1:24 PM
Despite how unbelievable the idea sounded back when we first heard it, it’s looking increasingly likely now that Nokia will end up releasing a smartphone based around an Android core, the model we’ve been following as codename Normandy and now (possibly) the Nokia X. The latest evidence in favor of Nokia going through with a launch comes to us from a pair of national regulatory agencies (think: like the FCC), both giving the phone the thumbs-up for operation.
One of these actually dates back quite a while, with Nokia model RM-980 (again, presumed to be Normandy) listed in an Indonesian database all the way back in September. The other is much more recent, with Malaysia certifying the same hardware not two weeks ago. That Malaysian listing also adds confrontation of a Normandy feature we saw teased in leaked screenshots: support for dual SIMs.
A focus on developing markets in Southeast Asia would certainly fit with much that we’ve heard about Normandy, including its role as the next branch of Asha, and the lower-end hardware that’s been tipped for the handset.