Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) is likely to debut their anticipated Android-based Normandy phone on February 24.

Nokia Normandy

Details regarding the Nokia Normandy smartphone

Last year, Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) was reported to be working on a phone, however the company reportedly gave up the project for unknown reasons. This phone features a four-inch display, Qualcomm 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. This phone will likely also feature a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.4.

Kevin C. Tofel for Giga Om elaborated, “The dual-SIM support and relatively meager hardware further support my thought that the Normandy will supplant Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V)’s Asha line of entry-level smartphones. Some are questioning if Microsoft will allow Nokia to launch an Android-based device — Microsoft is about to close on a $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices business — but I think Microsoft wants this phone launched. Why? The Asha line of handsets meets a certain need — the low-end market where there is room for sales growth, but it lacks in another: Support for Microsoft apps and services. By using Android as the base for Normandy, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MFST) can make use of its software built for Android to get first-time smartphone owners using Microsoft apps and services. When these folks are ready to step up to a more capable device, they can migrate to a Lumia handset running Windows Phone.”

Big things ahead in the near future

He further elaborates his thoughts on the Windows Phone scaling up this year. It’s possible Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MFST) will need more capable software for a better user experience. We can expect to hear more about Nokia, their upcoming Android phone, and how it will affect Microsoft over time. It’s safe to say we can expect big things from Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) in the near future.