Nokia X (Normandy) could end up being stupid cheap
What we’ve been able to put together so far about Nokia’s plans for the X/Normandy have painted the picture of a lower-end Android-based handset. The hardware’s presence in a number of regulatory databases for developing nations fit with that low-end assessment, and suggested that Normandy could be a vehicle to get Nokia phones into the hands of very budget-conscious shoppers. With models like last year’s Lumia 520, we know that Nokia can build some crazy affordable hardware, but we haven’t had a solid grasp on precisely what Normandy might sell for. As we wait to see if Nokia really intends to introduce the smartphone at MWC 2014, we’re getting an early appreciation for the value Nokia might be going for here, as a price shows up with a Vietnamese retailer.
The site’s getting hammered, and we’re having difficulty getting through at the moment, but early looks at its “Nokia X A110” listing reveal a price that works out to around $110.
That’s spectacular (assuming it’s at all accurate), especially for a launch price, and if we see the sort of price cuts that tend to follow a release like this a few months later on, it’s not inconceivable that we’d witness the phone drop to the $50 point. That could spell serious competition for the Moto G, and set up a new big-name, lower-end Android showdown.