The much awaited Nokia X smartphone was revealed last month and it’s already available for sale in many countries like India and Malaysia. While the device looks like a Lumia smartphone, it comes with a forked version of Android. It does not have the traditional Google Play store, instead focuses on Nokia and Windows apps. This might not be what people are looking for in some countries, but it’s definitely getting some love in China.
According to the latest tweet from Nokia’s twitter account, the company has registered over 1 million pre-orders for the phone in just 4 days. That’s a very impressive figure, for a phone that’s not even a flagship. While Nokia started taking pre-orders on March 10, the same date when it went on sale in India, the actual shipping will not start until March 25.
As mentioned earlier, the phone looks a lot like the other Lumia smartphones in the market. In fact, there are chances that one might mistake it for a Lumia phone judging by the looks, however, inside things are pretty different. The operating system is basically built on Android, but like Amazon, Nokia has made many changes. The homescreen looks a lot like Microsoft’s Windows tile based platform and there are Nokia and Windows specific apps like HERE Maps, Skype and Outlook. So, it’s basically an Android smartphone with the experience of a Nokia device.
However, the specs of the device are not as great as expected. It comes with a 4 inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Unfortunately, the camera is not as good as other Lumia devices. Apart from the fact that Nokia X does not feature a front facing shooter, the rear camera is of just 3MP and hence, the image quality will not be that great.
That said, Nokia is targeting budget users with this phone. The company does not intend to take on flagships from other rivals and has also priced it quite low. The device just costs around $125, which is actually a decent price for a budget phone.
Nokia’s first experiment with Android looks like a success, at least for now as this figure will definitely increase to a great extent in the next few weeks. So, it won’t be surprising if the company releases more devices in the Nokia X lineup in the coming years.
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