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Nokia's Android phone appears in prototype leak ahead of MWC reveal

Likely to make its debut next month
Mon Jan 13 2014, 12:58

A PROTOTYPE of Nokia's rumoured Android smartphone has emerged ahead of its likely unveiling at next month's Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Speculation about a Nokia Android phone first cropped up in December, with rumours claiming that the Nokia Normandy would be the Finnish firm's first phone to run Google's mobile operating system, despite its close relationship with Microsoft.

The handset has now appeared in yet another leaked image, with the @evleaks Twitter account claiming to have snared a snap of a Nokia Normandy engineering sample, as shown below.

The image doesn't give much away about the handset, and it's not even clear whether the device is running Android or not. What we can see, however, is that the Nokia Normandy will feature a touch-sensitive Back button underneath the screen, and that like most smartphones it will arrive as a black rectangle.

However, previous leaks have given us an idea of what to expect from the Nokia Normandy. Rumour has it that, although the handset will run Android, Nokia will furnish the phone with a heavily forked version of Google's mobile operating system, which much like Amazon's custom version of Android likely won't be recognisable as Android.

The phone apparently will also be released in a number of colours, including red, if a previous leaked image of the handset is anything to go by, and will feature a rear-facing camera without flash.

There are no pricing or release date details available for the Nokia Normandy yet, but speculation is that it's likely to make its debut at MWC in Barcelona next month before it's released at a budget price. µ

 

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