Nokia still working on Android phone, won’t cancel until November. Foxconn already made 10K prototypes
Over the weekend New York Times and The Verge reported that before they decided to sell mobile business to Microsoft, Nokia was working on a cheap Android phone codenamed “Mountain View” as a “Plan B” – if they failed to break through with Windows Phone.
Today Chinese site and Weibo account CTechnology, with a pretty good track record of China based smartphone leaks, has more details about this cheap Nokia Android.
The device, based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8225Q chip, was being developed and tested by Nokia’s Beijing based R&D team, and was already at somewhat advanced prototype stage. In fact, before the announcement of sale, Foxconn has already manufactured and delivered a batch of more than 10 000 prototype Mountain View units.
And now for the most interesting part. Mountain View development hasn’t stopped just yet. Foxconn is still making more of them, Beijing based Nokia R&D teams are still working on it, and the project will not be cancelled until/if Nokia shareholders approve Microsoft deal at General Meeting in November.
This is not a real Nokia Android. Just some good fan art
Though the likelihood of Nokia mobile business buyout not going through is extremely low, stranger things have happened. And with tensions between Nokia and Microsoft surfacing already, nothing is guaranteed 100%, until it finally happens.
So there still might be a teeny-tiny hope for all of you who pined for Nokia Androids, and felt that Microsoft deal was the betrayal of everything Nokia stood for.