We have been seeing and hearing more and more about Nokia’s attempt at an Android device, which has gone by the name Normandy so far, and now benchmarking site Antutu has revealed some of it’s specifications.
Normandy will, if it makes it to market, come with a four inch display with a resolution of 480 by 854 (very similar to the N9). It will also be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, how powerful is not known. It will be running on Android 4.4.1, otherwise known as KitKat.
What I originally thought was just a prototype device which would never see the light of day appears to have some pretty up to date specs, not least the latest version of Android, which leads me to believe that this device, which has a “Build Name” of A110 and a variant code of RM-980, could be on the way to an official release, perhaps as a successor to Series 40, currently powering Nokia’s Asha feature phones.
NokiaPowerUser are also suggesting that the team working on Normandy AKA Project N, will not be part of Nokia’s Devices and Services department, which is all set to be sold to Microsoft.
If that is true and Normandy, which apparently is running a heavily customised version of Android which will not include the Google Play Store, does make it to market before the sale, it would mean a follow up device would not appear for 18 months, due to part of the Microsoft-Nokia sale agreement prevents Nokia from producing any new handsets until 2016.
Would be interested to hear your views on this one.