Unannounced Nokia Prototype Android Phones Listed on eBay
Two old Nokia prototype Android smartphones have been listed on eBay, showing how the Finnish company was actively working on Android devices before going for Windows at the behest of the companyâ€™s then-CEO, Stephen Elop. Called Nokia Ion Mini and Nokia Kataya the phones are listed on eBay.
Nokia Ion Mini
Believed to have been developed between 2013 and 2014 as part of the Finnish companyâ€™s plans to switch from its homegrown Symbian OS to a more popular mobile platform, the phone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the companyâ€™s Z Launcher included as the default launcher. Google Chrome is installed as the default launcher on the phone, although, the Play Store itself isnâ€™t installed.
According to the sellerâ€™s description on eBay, the device features a 800Ã—480 display, is powered by the Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.2GHz CPU, and comes with 1GB of RAM alongside 8GB of internal storage. The seller also claims that all critical connectivity options work fine, including calling, Wi-Fi and 3G data. The cameras and most other features also apparently work without any issues.
The smartphone is listedÂ on eBay UK for $1,999 (around Rs. 1.4 lakh).
Interestingly, the seller has alsoÂ listedÂ another old, prototype Nokia smartphone, known asÂ Nokia Kataya, on eBayâ€™s US site for $1,499 (around Rs. 1.03 lakh). This one, however, runs anÂ â€˜unknown OSâ€™Â that Nokia Power User (NPU) speculates could be Sailfish OS. According to the seller, the phone comes in a proto box that has a Nokia logo and aÂ â€˜Tampere Poweredâ€™Â maker on it.
Neither phone was announced officially by Nokia, but both are in working condition and are fully-unlocked, ensuring compatibility with all networks.
Images courtesy: emigaigns (via eBay)