Nokia X is official. After weeks of rumors and leaks flooding the internet, the Finnish company has finally unveiled the Nokia X lineup, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event held at Barcelona. As expected, the device sports decent specs with its USP (unique selling point) being the forked version of Android that it comes with.
Nokia X is no surprise. As said above, there have been plenty of rumors, image leaks and even full specs and benchmark leaks in the past few months, which made sure that today’s unveiling wasn’t a shocker. The Nokia X lineup will feature 3 smartphones, aimed at the budget to mid-range market with the cheapest one being Nokia X. The Nokia X+ is identical to Nokia X in terms of looks but has an increased memory along with a Micro SD card slot. Nokia XL is the priciest of the lot and is the best smartphone in the lineup.
Nokia X will come with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The device looks identical to the Lumia 520 from the outside and even shares the same 4 inch screen. However, instead of three capacitive buttons, it comes with just one. The Nokia X+ is similar to the X and differs only because of the slightly increased storage and memory. The X+ comes with 1GB RAM and supports external memory cards, thanks to the inclusion of a Micro SD card slot.
The Nokia XL is the best out of the three and comes with a large 5 inch screen with a slightly better 5MP camera. The phone also has a front facing 2MP camera, but rest of the specs are pretty much the same as the XL.
While the phone is basically an Android phone, the UI looks a lot like Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform. On the home screen, there are tiles which showcase all the apps on the phone. So, there’s no need to browse through the traditional app drawers like other Android devices. Even the single capacitive button looks a bit different.
Like the Amazon’s forked version of Android, Nokia’s version too won’t feature Google Play store. Instead, Nokia is aiming to launch its own Android store and the company is already making various apps compatible for the same.
Unfortunately, these smartphones will come with the old Android 4.1.2 operating system which is actually not optimized for low RAM usage like the newest Android 4.4. This has surprised many experts as running Android 4.1.2 on a low RAM phone would simply mean that the phone will lag a lot. However, to solve this, the company can upgrade it to the current version in the coming months.
The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL are available for sale at 88 Euros, 99 Euros and 109 Euros respectively. Nokia X will be available for sale immediately followed by Nokia X+ and XL which will go on sale early March. Unfortunately, these phones won’t be coming to US, Canada, Korea and Japan. The company is planning to release more devices in the lineup in the coming months.
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