Nokia’s foray into Android is real. The newly announced Nokia X,Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are the proof. Before the official announcement, I wasn’t sure if the rumors swirling around the arrival of an Android Nokia phone were believable. After all, Nokia did everything to shy away from Android when it was then only starting to get popular, opting instead to allot most of its resources to the Windows Phone platform. Also, Nokia has recently been purchased by Microsoft, so for it to suddenly go into Android is rather doubtful.
But then I was wrong, and I’m happy to be. Just like most Android users, I am one of those who badly wanted Nokia to make an Android device. Nokia is great with hardware and many of its current crop of smartphones would be great if they ran Android.
Now, the company has the Nokia X and Nokia X+. These are not flagship phones by any means, but that should not diminish the interest of Android fans. The Nokia X packs a 4-inch, 840 x 480 IPS screen, 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage expandable storage via microSD slot and 3-megapixel camera. The Nokia X+ is a bit better as it has 768 MB of RAM but all the other specs are practically the same. The Nokia XL has a bigger 5-inch WVGA IPS screen and offers a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera with an LED flash, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD. It also runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor.
The Android on the Nokia X and Nokia X+ are not the pure Android variant with access to Google Play. Nokia’s new handsets are based on the forked AOSP Android system. Nokia will be offering Here Maps, MixRadio, Skype and Outlook. Other important apps should be available from the Nokia Store as well.
The interface on the Nokia X and Nokia X+ are called FastLane that use gestures for operation. The pricing has already been revealed. The Nokia X is priced at 89 euros while the Nokia X+ is priced at 99 euros and the Nokia XL is priced at 109 euros. The Nokia X will be available immediately while the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be available in the second quarter of 2014.
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