We knew that Nokia was working on an Android phone before it was acquired by Microsoft.

And now we have some photos of what is, courtesy of Twitter phone leaker @Evleaks, an alleged prototype of the Nokia Android phone. Whether it will ever be released is an open question — Microsoft markets the competing Windows phone operating system. Having said that, people prefer Android to Windows on mobile devices ... and it wouldn't hurt Microsoft to have a hit phone in its new mobile handset division.

But these are pipe dreams.

Mostly, 9to5Google regards the "Normandy" model as a "what could have been" device.

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