Nokia X (Normandy) Launching at MWC 2014 [WSJ]

Microsoft will allow Nokia to release it ahead of the company's sale

Although we were expecting Microsoft to allow Nokia to release its first Android smartphone after the Finnish company would be acquired by the Redmond-based company, it looks like fans of Google's platform are in luck as the Normandy is likely to go official this month.

According to a report by Wall Street Journal, the handset maker is almost certain to announce the Nokia X, also known as Nokia Normandy, at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair.

The Finnish company has already confirmed a press even for MWC 2014, which is set to take place on February 24 and is called “Meet Us Under the Tree.”

There's no telling what devices Nokia will announce at the press event, but WSJ claims that the Normandy will be showcased at the trade fair.

The Normandy has been completely developed by Nokia's engineers without any help from Microsoft, and is aimed at emerging markets.

This would be Nokia's first ever Android smartphone, though rumors claim that it will be powered by a specially tailored Android version that will enable access to the Finnish company's own application store.

It's also said that Nokia Normandy won't come with any Google services and applications pre-loaded by default, but some of the search giant's products can be installed afterwards.

However, none of these rumors have been confirmed yet, but with only a few weeks left until the official announcement, we expect more details to emerge online.

Specs-wise, Nokia Normandy is far from being impressive. In fact, the Finnish company plans to launch it as part of the Asha lineup, which is known for its low price and entry-level hardware.

Thus, the smartphone is said to pack a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.

The Normandy should also sport either a 3-megapixel or a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and video recording, but there's no mention of a secondary camera. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

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