A source from Artesyn Technologies tips that the Nokia X Android phone that will be announced at MWC is not the only green robot to come from the Finns this year, and we can expect several other models, including higher-end ones.
The source goes as far as saying that those will be revealed in the May-June time frame, and will cover different price points. Now whether those will be on the same forked Android principle without Google’s apps and Play Store, remains to be seen, but that’s the more likely scenario.
The thing is, muses the report, that what will be left with Nokia after the Microsoft acquisiton, will be the low-end Asha and feature phone department, while all the value added, like the PureView cameras, HAAC micsand ClearBlack displays, will remain with the team from Redmond. Thus, they rightfully conclude, the Nokia remnants will have an impossible task against Android juggernauts like Samsung or LG even at the midrange, let alone the high-end.
If those upcoming Nokia phones are running forked Android with Asha overlay, though, we’d say they won’t be a real competition to those, so Nokia can still squeeze more of its traditional brand recognition in emerging markets with price differentiation and features like the HERE offline navigation suite.