Right since the day, Nokia went Windows Phone route, every Nokia well wisher has wished for a Nokia Android device. Nokia is set to bring that wish to reality at Mobile World Congress 2014 as it gets set to take the stage and announce the Nokia X, codenamed Normandy in Barcelona.
The phone has leaked out countless number of times online and while the hardware reminds us of the Lumia device, it is the UI and the software aspects which remain bit of a mystery. Just like the Lumia devices, the Nokia X is expected in various colours, starting from the basic white and black to more outrageous greens and so forth.
Seeing the specs of the phone, it is like Nokia justifying that it was right not to go Android, because if it did, they would have made crappy Android phones and we would all have hated it
The specs of the device according to the reports in the media are really low end. The phone features a 4 inch WVGA display with only 512 Mb of RAM and a 1 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon SoC. We are all well familiar with how poor Android performs on a device with such modest specs. With a 5 MP shooter at the back, it’s a foregone conclusion that Nokia is not making this device to market it as a Camera device either.
The device certainly reminds of a device that was a favorite amongst the geeks of this world. The Nokia N9 was a one time experimental device in a way that most of us would have liked Nokia to have built on further. However, the project stalled, Harmattan was not seen in another Nokia device as it went full force with Windows Phone. We all were left wondering plenty of what might have been and it looks like this is what will happen with Normandy. From the leaks it definitely looks like a device that is made with a half baked Android (read heavily skinned).
If history is to go by, then this would certainly not work, just ask Amazon who banked heavily on the Kindle Fire which just did not take off thanks to an eco system that really was stuck in between being Android and not.
So, where does this leave the Nokia X? It leaves the Nokia X as a potential successor to the Asha series. We have no idea if Nokia has any plans to pursue Android post this device, but a calculated guess would be that the answer to it would be a no given the Microsoft deal. The device will sell, no doubt about it, because it would be a Nokia and Android, at least in emerging markets like India, South America etc. However, it definitely the device will leave a sour taste in the mouth of enthusiasts who have always wanted Nokia to give a fair crack of the whip to Android and produce a device in competition to the likes of HTC One because let’s face it, if there is one OEM who you can bank upon making hardware that is premium, it is Nokia. Unfortunately though, Nokia X is not the answer to that and merely looks like a calculated experiment, or a farewell gift if you may, to all those who wanted to see an Android Nokia.
Disclaimer: The views in the editorial are expressed before the official release of the device and this may change post the launch. We will update the article if that is the case.
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