Old Android-powered Nokia show what could have been

25 August, 2016

Someone dug up old Android-running Nokia prototypes and ran them through Geekbench. They are too outdated to see the light of day now, but it's nice to take a peek at what could have been.

First up is the Nokia 5320 (no, not this one). It runs Android 4.4 on a Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2GB of RAM. Unfortunately, these devices didn't go through GFX Bench, which would have given us specs like screen, camera, wireless and so on.

The Android-running Nokia XL that actually got released

Then there's the very odd Nokia RM-1490. It's powered by an AMD A8-5545 APU - a quad-core chip with 19W TDP! It ran an even older Android 4.2 (have you seen a commercial device that runs Android on AMD?) and had 2GB of RAM again.

At a guess, this was a laptop (Nokia made laptops too, well a "netbook"). Or it could be a tablet as the benchmark didn't detect the full 4-core setup and the clock speed is low. Still, even with disabling half the cores and downclocking, fitting this APU in a tablet would have been a stretch.

So these aren't the upcoming Android-powered devices under the Nokia banner that are being developed right now. Still, it's a shame that the partnership with Microsoft killed these products in the development stage.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, stipe1906!

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