Why Nokia Normandy will NOT Worth Buying?

Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone
Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone
Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone (image by @evleaks)

I told you about Normandy – rumoured Nokia Android smartphone – in December 2013. This is an update about what we know about the mystery device and why it is not worth buying.

In the blog post, I said: “If the rumour is true, Nokia needs to release Normandy smartphone before Microsoft completes the billions dollar acquisition of Nokia in early 2014.”

I was almost correct.

Nokia Normandy Confirmed by WSJ

On Feb 10, 2014, Wall Street Journal reported that Nokia plan to release Android phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – February 24–27, 2014 – in Barcelona.

Nokia Normandy will be named “Nokia X” once shipping, say The Verge.

Before you are exciting about Nokia Android phone, please note that it will be a entry-level low-cost smartphone running a fork of Android operating system.

Not another Android phone

A good example of forked Android is Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. It runs Android but it has own user interface (UI), own app store, and does not have Google services.

Since Microsoft will own Nokia soon, we expect Nokia Normandy to integrate Microsoft services too.

Nokia Normandy UI will not look like an Android phone. It will be heavily modified to look like an Windows Phone, according to previous leaks.

Nokia Normandy screenshots
Nokia Normandy screenshots

Nokia already have low-cost Windows Phone 8 like Nokia Lumia 520 with 8GB storage and 512MB RAM. Normandy is expected to have similar hardware specs.

Buy Nokia Normandy?

This might be the last interesting project of Nokia before Microsoft take over the phone department.

Nokia Normandy is not worth buying if it ever becomes official.

Firstly, there are already many low-cost Android phones in the market. You do not want a forked Android phone with limited apps (might need to port by Nokia/Microsoft) in its own app store.

Also, if you want an affordable Windows Phone, Nokia already have a few Nokia Lumia models.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is successful because the tablet is high spec but low price and backed by Amazon.com with “over 20 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books”.

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Secondly, will Microsoft support Nokia low-cost Android phone, which compete with its low-cost Windows Phone? Will you get Android phone updates from Microsoft?

You probably will not get Nokia Normandy phone updates and support after Microsoft take over Nokia phones.

Of course, those are rumours… If Nokia really release an Android phone, it needs to have attractive selling points.

What would be the selling points? We will know soon later in February 2014.

Normandy — Nokia Android Smartphone that Microsoft will Never Release

Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone
Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone
Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone (image by @evleaks)

Many Android fans who like Nokia Lumia phone build quality would be excited to learn about Normandy – a Nokia Android smartphone project.

The mystery Nokia Android phone image (picture) was published by @evleaks in November 2013. It looks like a Nokia Asha 500 series phone with one capacitive button but missing camera flash.

Based on multiple sources of The Verge, Normandy is designed as an “Asha equivalent” low cost phone. It runs a custom forked version of Google’s Android operating system – similar to Amazon Kindle Fire tablet – without Google Play services.

Sources says Normandy phone is planned to release in 2014 and the effort is “full steam ahead”.

Yes, we think Microsoft know about the project in the Nokia acquisition meetings.

It is not a secret that Nokia has Android projects to run the open source mobile operating system on Asha and high-end Lumia smartphones.

In my opinion, Normandy is just another Nokia’s prototype. One company could have many prototypes and concept designs, it does not mean they will be released.

If the rumor is true, Nokia needs to release Normandy smartphone before Microsoft completes the billions dollar acquisition of Nokia in early 2014.

Even so, you will most likely do not want to buy it. Who want a phone with only a few months support?

Microsoft will kill the Nokia Android phone project later. I have no doubt about it. What do you think?