Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Recent weeks have seen leaked renders of Normandy, the Android-powered smartphone Nokia is said to have developed as a side-project to its Windows Phone focus, emerge. The thought intrigues many, and now the first image of the phone has surfaced.
The photo of this prototype was originally posted to Sina Weibo, as you can see from the watermark.
@evleaks the engineering prototype of Nokia Normandy http://t.co/zHS3OGdtC6 pic.twitter.com/jXgkLuCKVc
— sea (@seamissu) January 12, 2014
That’s not a lot to see from the photo, nor is there much to get excited about. Android Beat rightly points out that there is no guarantee the device will ever be launched (particularly as Microsoft is tying up the final details to acquire Nokia’s devices business), while it apparently runs a forked (aka non-Google) version of Android and would almost certainly be low-end. BUT, it’s a Nokia Android phone!
➤ Nokia’s Android phone appears in prototype form [The Verge]
Thumbnail image via VOLKER HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images
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