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@EVLeaks is once again spilling the beans on unreleased mobile gadgets

In early December, we brought you news of Normandy, which is an Android smartphone developed by Nokia before Microsoft made is known that it would acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services Division. At the time, all we had was a leaked image of the phone (screen off) from serial leaker @EVLeaks.
Now, @EVLeaks has done it again with some actual shots of Normandy’s UI. There’s quite a bit of Asha going on in the shots of the phone, but the phone is actually running a forked version of Android.

In fact, according to NPU, Normandy’s forked build is actually running KitKat 4.4.1, features a Snapdragon processor, 854x480 screen, a 5MP camera, and dual SIM card slots. The screen resolution alone should tell you that this is an entry-level device.
Whether this phone actually makes it to production is a mystery. Conventional wisdom says that Microsoft would want nothing to do with an Android fork, but we’ve seen stranger things happen in the tech world. 

Sources: @EVLeaks, NPU

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that screen resolution...
By testbug00 on 1/8/2014 9:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
Is that a typo, or just they added 4 pixels because?

RE: that screen resolution...
By amanojaku on 1/8/2014 9:55:47 PM , Rating: 3
It's 16x9. Actually, 853.33333333...x480 would be 16x9, but they probably had trouble making just 1/3 of a pixel.

RE: that screen resolution...
By sprockkets on 1/8/2014 10:34:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's the expanded resolution of a widescreen dvd (720x480 source with expanded pixels or whatever).

The original Droid had this resolution.

RE: that screen resolution...
By CharonPDX on 1/9/2014 12:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
The last row is just the red subpixel...

RE: that screen resolution...
By testbug00 on 1/9/2014 11:48:27 AM , Rating: 2
Why make it 16x9?

I have used 15x9 (and 3x2 and 16x9) on mobile devices.

I see no problems with 15x9 0.o

*shrugs* At least you cleared it up, thanks :)


RE: that screen resolution...
By Spookster on 1/9/2014 12:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
These are not the pixels you're looking for...<waves hand>

By Monkey's Uncle on 1/10/2014 1:42:22 PM , Rating: 2

These are not the pixels you're looking for...<waves hand>

@,@ ok

I'm wondering ...
By Gondor on 1/9/2014 7:34:28 AM , Rating: 2
How this phone will compete with the likes of Moto G when/if it is finally released. Other makers are releasing their takes on low end quad-core Android phone with 2 SIMs and expandable storage, Nokia might just be too late for the party ... again.

RE: I'm wondering ...
By Murloc on 1/9/2014 9:39:33 AM , Rating: 4
this is probably dead anyway

RE: I'm wondering ...
By testbug00 on 1/9/2014 11:50:24 AM , Rating: 2
Um, it won't be comparable because it is forked?

On that note, Nokia had phones that were smooth and had good battery life (and one had a decent screen) long before the Moto G.

The 52x series missed a ffc and didn't have a super screen, but it was workable, and costs ~half the Moto G.

The 62x series costs about the same as the Moto G and is more or less the same specs.

This phone is competing in the sub $50 space.


RE: I'm wondering ...
By melgross on 1/9/2014 12:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
Even if it does come out, competing with the Moto G might not be a problem as that phone isn't sell well at all.

Doubt it
By synapse46 on 1/9/2014 10:27:40 AM , Rating: 3
Given MS's current mud-flinging strategy that this would directly conflict with, I doubt it will be produced. Seems like this would also signify that MS has doubts their mobile platform will succeed.

RE: Doubt it
By inighthawki on 1/9/2014 11:20:06 AM , Rating: 2
And you know, because Microsoft owns their devices division now.

RE: Doubt it
By melgross on 1/9/2014 12:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
They don't own it yet, though to all intents and purposes they do. But the sales and profits, if any, still go to Nokia, and will continue to do so until the deal finalizes early this year.

I would agree though, that it's strange for this to be an apparent live project at this late date. We can only wonder if Microsoft is cooperating, at least to send up a trial balloon to see the reaction. Otherwise, I would think that as soon as they became aware of it, they would have asked Nokia to shut the project down.

But let's also remember that Nokia will retain ownership of the Nokia phone brand name, and that Microsoft loses it in 18 months or so, allowing Nokia to re-enter the phone business under the Nokia name again. So this could be Nokia spending money almost on Microsoft's dime to begin development of phones that they possibly intend to come out with when the agreement allows it.

Not that this particular phone would be around than, but the experience, and knowledge would be there for Nokia. And we really don't know if some of these engineers will be retained by Nokia, or whether they will all be going to Microsoft.

Looks like N9's MeeGo
By A Hitman on 1/8/2014 11:03:27 PM , Rating: 2
Just a little more colourful.

It does appear Apple was more than a little influenced by the direction Nokia was going with GUI when you look at iOS7.

RE: Looks like N9's MeeGo
By melgross on 1/9/14, Rating: 0
RE: Looks like N9's MeeGo
By nikon133 on 1/9/2014 3:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, the power of belief :)

Speaking of which, I do believe that there is a bit of WP7/8 in iOS (slim fonts, flatness and such) but this fictional Nokia seems to be influenced mostly by Asha. Which would make sense if Nokia was considering to go from Asha to Android while keeping familiarity of GUI.

Eventually, we don't know how when did Nokia start experimenting with Android. KitKat is still very fresh, I don't think Nokia has just wrapped this up in the last few months (especially not after MS acquired them).

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