MWC 2014: Nokia X series smartphones with Android OS finally revealed

Nokia X + Android smartphone

What went around like a hot rumor of the Normandy Android smartphone by Nokia has finally been cleared at the MWC in Barcelona, Spain. Nokia has finally revealed its Android powered smartphones Nokia X, Nokia X1 and Nokia XL at the Mobile World Congress 2014. Pretty similar in look and feel to the Nokia Lumia phones, this Android powered family of the Microsoft acquired Nokia is aimed at people who crave for low priced quality phones. The dual SIM phones clearly look to target people who are confused between Windows and Android smartphones. According to Nokia they are going to release more X series phones in the coming months but it remains to be seen if Microsoft would give the green signal once it has fully acquired Nokia.

Nokia X + Android smartphone

Functionality

The Nokia X series smartphones have a custom Android operating system that Nokia has tried to make visually look like the Windows phone interface. For these phones Nokia has used the Android 4.1.2 OS and tweaked it according to the phone’s interface requirements. The fact that only one capacitive touch button is there for home and back functionality which can be a bit confusing but once you get a hang of it, you won’t have much of a problem.

Nokia X + Android smartphone

Hardware and software components

Nokia X specifications:

  • Measures 115.5mm x 63mm x 10.4mm and weighs 128.7 grams
  • Dual core 1 GHz 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal memory of 4 GB and expandable MicroSD card slot up to 32 GB
  • Display size 4 inches with resolution 800×480
  • Display technology IPS LCD
  • Capacitive two-point touchscreen
  • 3 MP main camera (2048×1536 pixels)
  • Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Nokia X software platform

Nokia X plus specifications:

  • Measures 115.5mm x 63mm x 10.4mm and weighs 128.7 grams
  • Dual core 1 GHz 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 768 MB RAM
  • Internal memory of 4 GB and expandable MicroSD card slot up to 32 GB
  • Display size 4 inches with resolution 800×480
  • Display technology IPS LCD
  • Capacitive two-point touchscreen
  • 3 MP main camera (2048×1536 pixels)
  • Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Nokia X software platform

Nokia XL specifications

  • Measures 141.4mm x 77.7mm x 10.9mm and weighs 128.7 grams
  • Dual core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 768 MB RAM
  • Internal memory of 4 GB and expandable MicroSD card slot up to 32 GB
  • Display size 4 inches with resolution 800×480
  • Display technology IPS LCD
  • Capacitive two-point touchscreen
  • 5 MP main camera (2592 x 1944 pixels)
  • Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Nokia X software platform

Nokia X + Android smartphone

 

When

We can expect to see the Nokia X and Nokia X+ out for purchase in the coming days with a price tag of $125, $135 and $150 for Nokia X, Nokia X1 and Nokia XL respectively. The smartphones will be available in a variety of cool color options like blue, red, yellow or green, just like we are accustomed to with the Nokia Lumia range.

Nokia XL Android smartphone

The USP

A budget smartphone range that is ideal for people who don’t want to spend too much for their smartphone and want a very basic Android powered phone. Nokia has tweaked the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) operating system for their line-up of X series smartphones and the user-interface is a mix of a Windows phone and Android phone, getting the best of both worlds.

Nokia X + Android smartphone

Where they lack

  • Not a Google-certified smartphone range and therefore Google Play Services like Play Store don’t run
  • You can only download apps from the Nokia Store or install the apk file from a third-party source
  • Android 4.1.2 version OS is used which eats up more battery as compared to Android 4.4
  • The camera quality of Nokia X and Nokia X+ is not that good
  • All the phones have just a single capacitive button for navigation
  • Slow response while opening and closing certain applications

Nokia XL Android smartphone

The wrap up

Nokia have invested so much time and they bank on Android to increase their sales. With the X series Android smartphones, Nokia is clearly hinting that Android is going to be hard to beat but still if it can combine the goodness of a Windows phone and Android’s limitless possibilities, they can beat market leaders like Samsung or iPhone. But that remains to be seen as Microsoft will have full control over Nokia and whether or not they let the Android based Nokia X series to continue remains to be seen.

The Nokia X and Nokia X+ don’t look that upbeat either in the software or hardware components but Nokia XL still looks to be competitively positioned with its superior camera and memory components. If Nokia has to give stiff competition to other manufacturer’s then they have to beef up the hardware configuration of Nokia X phones and also provide a very extensive app download platform too.

Nokia X + Android smartphone

Source: Nokia

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