Nokia Normandy render leaks, doesn’t look like the “missing link” we hoped for

More than once this month we’ve had the opportunity to discuss some Nokia codenames, and one of the most interesting we’ve heard teased has been the Nokia Normandy. The key tidbit that had us so captivated was the promise from @evleaks that “Nokia Normandy is the missing link.” But the link between what and what? After running down some possibilities, we were leaning towards the notion that Normandy may bridge the gap between Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT, an idea that’s been been on our minds a lot today. However, now we get our first leaked image of the Normandy, along with some context that has us thinking that “missing link” could be something else entirely.

Once again, @evleaks is back, this time leaving us with the cryptic note, “A real Asha. Or Lumia?” The posting immediately follows a separate Asha leak from the tipster, and the presence of that back button there is clearly Asha. So, instead of some WP8/RT bridge, we’re apparently talking about a connection between Asha and the Lumia lineup itself.

Certainly, in spite of the bright colors Nokia has been using for 500-series Asha models, this model is much more reminiscent of Lumia design choices, especially with that widescreen display (which we last recall on the Asha 310). The aspect here looks close to 15:9, which is just what the 310 used.

It’s possible we’re reading this wrong, but from all we’ve seen, it’s looking like Normandy is less and less likely to be a phone we’ll be getting very excited about.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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