After months of rumors and speculations, Nokia has officially announced its first Android smartphone series “Nokia X” at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
The announcement wasn’t so surprising because Nokia X has been the hot glue of recent leaks. Aesthetically very similar to the Lumia family, the Android smartphone is equipped with a 4-inch WVGA display 512 MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage – expandable via micro SD card slot – and a rear camera with 3-megapixel sensor.
Another variant called Nokia X+ comes with 768MB of RAM – awkwardly – featuring reset of counterparts of Nokia X. While Nokia XL, as the name suggests, boasts a bigger 5-inch display. The XL also bumped the rear camera featuring 5-megapixel sensor with autofocus, LED flash and also includes a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Nokia X lineup runs a highly customized Google’s Android Open Source Project, and indeed it looks very similar to the Windows Phone. It avoids all default Google apps and services, in an attempt to “provide a gateway to Microsoft services” as pointed out by Nokia itself during the keynote.
In addition to software such as Skype, Outlook, HERE Maps and MixRadio, the Finnish company has given access to the Nokia Store for apps (including third parties) but utterly no to the Google Play store.
Ultimately, the Nokia X phones are aimed to reach those customers who’re loyal to Android, and at the same time, to inject Microsoft proprietary services into the Google’s mobile OS, seamlessly. And for the same reason, the Redmond tech giant has approved this project despite owning its very own Windows Phone. Although, Nokia will keep focusing the Lumia lineup as its primary aim while the family ‘X’ will be useful to conquer the rapidly growing market.
Just like the Lumia range, the Nokia X phones will be available in different colors so as to satisfy the different tastes of users.
The Nokia X family comes at affordable prices in emerging markets like China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam, as well as Egypt, India, Pakistan, Russia, Poland, Brazil, and Mexico. The Nokia X will be available immediately for 89 euros; the Nokia X+ will come later during the second quarter while the Nokia XL will be retailed at 99 euros.
Here’s the complete specs sheet of Nokia X, X+ and XL including pricing and availability:
|Features||Nokia X||Nokia X+||Nokia XL|
|Display||4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) at 223 ppi||4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) at 223 ppi||5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) at 187 ppi|
|Processor||Dual-Core 1GHz Snapdragon S4||Dual-Core 1GHz Snapdragon S4||Dual-Core 1GHz Snapdragon S4|
|Main Memory||512MB of RAM||768MB of RAM||768MB of RAM|
|Storage||4GB + micro SD (up to 32GB)||4GB + micro SD (up to 32GB)||4GB + micro SD (up to 32GB)|
|Camera||3MP rear with fixed focus||3MP rear with fixed focus||5MP rear with autofocus, LED flash and 2MP front-facing|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS||Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS||Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS|
|Battery||1500 mAh||1500 mAh||2000 mAh|
|Weight||128.7 g||128.7 g||190 g|
|Dimensions||115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm||115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm||141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm|
|Operating System||Nokia X software platform||Nokia X software platform||Nokia X software platform|
|Availability||Available Now||Q2 of 2014||Q2 of 2014|
|Price||89 Euros||99 Euros||109 Euros|