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The Wall Street Journal reports Nokia plans to show a low-end Android phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.

Apparently the phone was in development before Microsoft purchased Nokia’s handset business.

According to the report the device is code-named Normandy and includes  a Qualcomm dual-core 1GHz processor, a 4- inch WVGA display, 512MB of Ram and 4GB of storage. The phone has a 5 megapixel camera and can take two Sim cards.

The specification is similar to many of the low-end Android phones hitting the market. Prices for similar hardware is typically less than NZ$300.

One twist in the plan is that Nokia will block access to the Google Play store and direct customers to a Nokia-branded app store. The report also says some Nokia phone services found on the its Windows Phone models will be included on the new handset.

While this runs counter to Microsoft’s phone strategy, the software giant does well out of Android collecting a royalty on each Android licence sold.

4 thoughts on “Nokia set to debut basic Android phone

  1. If they’d done this a year or two back they wouldn’t have lost so much market share.

    • You can’t say that for certain. While I hold Nokia in higher regard than HTC, HTC still make good quality solid phones and they’ve been bashed by Samsung all the same.

    • That opens a whole can of worms.

      Would Nokia have sold more phones if it picked Android two years ago instead of Windows Phone? I don’t know. Would it have made more money? Probably not.

      Other than Samsung NONE of the Android phone makers are profitable and its questionable whether even Samsung makes much money from the Galaxy S4 – the best-known Android phone.

      My guess is Nokia might have picked up market share – which is a nice badge for the trophy collection, but it probably wouldn’t have made money – which is what matters.

  2. I doubt this is anything serious if it comes to pass. More like let’s just put it out there seeing as we’ve sunk so much into it to see what the market is like.

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