Just a few months back, suggesting that Nokia would be releasing an Android-based smartphone could be seen as fighting words. Despite all odds, the rumor hasn’t only stuck around, but it’s since built up a sizable body of evidence backing it up, and at this point the model we’ve been following as codename Normandy – hardware that may launch as the Nokia X – seems very much real. But even if the phone really will be hitting retail, just when might that be? Nokia’s got its MWC press conference coming up in a couple weeks, and the mention of the date Tuesday the 25th in a leaked screenshot has led to speculation that Normandy could launch on either February 25 or March 25 – both Tuesdays. The latest rumor throws some support behind the former, claiming that Normandy will launch this month.
This comes from The Wall Street Journal’s “people familiar with the matter,” and specifically we’re told that news of Normandy should roughly coincide with the finalization of the Nokia/Microsoft deal.
The rest of the Journal’s report touches on aspects of the phone which we’ve already come to accept, like how it will be aimed at developing markets. We also see explicit mentions of a desire to avoid a heavy Google focus, which would explain the forked Android direction Nokia seems to have gone with. That may manifest as Nokia going with its own app store, rather than pointing users towards Google Play.
This account reinforces the idea that Nokia will demo the phone at the Mobile World Congress, meaning we could be a mere two weeks away from some hands-on time with Normandy.
Source: The Wall Street Journal