Nokia teases ‘X’ Android phone for Mobile World Congress, new branding render reveals more

It should be no secret that next week in Barcelona, Nokia is going to announce the Nokia X, their low-cost Android phone, running a forked version of the open source OS. The phone will reportedly come with its own Nokia Store, and suite of Microsoft and HERE apps to round it out. While not a flagship Android device by any means, it will still get a lot of press attention due to sensational headline possibilities.

Last week, Nokia temporarily switched their social media outlets from Nokia Blue to Nokia Green. We told you that too was a tease for ‘Normandy’, though many still want to believe in some new Windows Phone magic. Today, Nokia has gone further with a new green banner on Conversations.

The banner itself shows four arrows point to the center, as in ‘X’ marks the spot. It doesn’t take too long to see the green X in the center, all but confirming the planned announcement next week.

The Nokia X, previously known internally as ‘Normandy’, is a low cost, device running Android but with a Nokia facelift. Think Lumia 520, but less specs, combined with some Asha flavor. Twitter leaker Evleaks revealed the specs as well:

Nokia X specs (reported, not official)

  • Dual-core 1 GHz CPU
  • 4-inch display
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage with micro SD expansion
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • Six-colors

As seen above from a render posted by Evleaks, we can see what may be the final branding of the Nokia X when announced.

For those pining for new Windows Phones from Nokia, we’ve stated a few times already that we’re not expecting any news at Mobile World Congress. Indeed, it would be very odd to announce new hardware for Windows Phone 8.1 before the OS itself was officially announced. We’re also getting word, unconfirmed at this point, that there may be very few ‘launch devices’ for 8.1.

Source: Conversations; Render and specs via Evleaks 1, 2; via Android Central

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.