Nokia has finally unveiled the Nokia X, it’s first entry-level smartphones are based on Android AOSP and will cater the needs of emerging markets with its dual-SIM compatibility.
It’s not just the Nokia X, as rumors suggested before, Nokia launched three another budget device at their press event, known as the Nokia X+ and XL, priced between the Asha and Lumia range of smartphones
“Nokia has connected billions of people around the world, and today we demonstrated how our portfolio is designed to connect the next billion people to great experiences. Our deliberate approach is to offer four tiers of products including our affordable entry-level devices like the new Nokia 220; our entry-level Asha touch phones like the new Nokia Asha 230; our new Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL smartphones primarily for growth economies; and our Lumia portfolio, which is where we introduce the greatest innovation and provide full compatibility with the Microsoft experience,” says Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia’s Devices & Services.
Both devices doesn’t bring any surprises such as fast quad-core processors or impressive cameras, but the most catchy thing on the handsets is the operating system, that is, Android. It runs a forked version of Android which is quite similar to what Amazon did with its Kindle line up.
Both Nokia X and X+ comes with 4-inch IPS LCD display sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels resolution and is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 8225 processor clocked at 1GHz and 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for extra memory, as well as 7GB free OneDrive storage. Nokia X comes with 512MB of RAM while the Nokia X+ comes with 768MB of RAM, giving it a speed boost.
The software comes with Microsoft and Nokia services and have several Android apps pre-installed. Users can install hundreds of thousands of apps from the Nokia Store, and in case of Android apps, but it won’t have access to Google Play Store or any other Google services. However, developers need to make small changes to make their apps compatible. Additionally, users can also sideload apps.
Lastly, the Nokia XL is the last member of the family and boasts a 5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, a 5MP rear camera with a 2MP front-facing camera, while all the other specifications remains the same as the Nokia X+.
Nokia X will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white. Nokia X costs €89 and will be available for sale immediately in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, while the Nokia X+ and XL will cost €99 and €109, and will hit retail in Q2 2014.
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