Nokia X was launched in February this year at Mobile World Congress along with its high end siblings Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Now Microsoft has announced its next version Nokia X2 and it has gone on sale in select European markets like France, Poland, Spain and Russia. The 4.3 inch Nokia X2 is available in green, orange, black, yellow, white, and dark grey colors for €99 or US $135.
It is surprising to see Nokia continuing with Android based X franchise even after being fully taken over by Microsoft. The approach as of now seems to be to attract budget Android customers, give them tile based Windows UI experience and later on convert them into Windows smartphone buyers. Apart from that Microsoft is pushing some of its services and apps along with Nokia X2 like One Note, Here Maps, One Drive, Skype and Bing search etc. This affordable Android smartphone strategy will for sure expand Microsoft’s product reach among die hard Android fans which were earlier using Google services and apps.
Nokia X2 very much like its older sibling is based on Android OS, though it is not the version which is visually identifiable. Nokia X2 software platform is basically Android Open Source Platform (AOSP), while its user interface resembles Window Mobile tile based architecture. Thus giving us a hybrid OS which mixes up the tile based UI from Widows mobile and user friendly features from Android.
“The Nokia X2’s stylish exterior remains as bold as the original Nokia X but incorporates a brand-new cool translucent outer layer, making it really shine whatever the time of day.” said the Nokia’s official blog.
Nokia X2: Specs and Features
Nokia X2 has gone ahead with a 4.3 inch ClearBlack LCD WVGA screen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels (217 ppi), while a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor along with 1 GB of RAM takes care of the processing needs. Nokia has done a decent job with camera by providing with a 5 mega pixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash and a front facing VGA (0.3 mega pixel) camera. It has 4 GB of internal storage which can be scaled up to 32 GB by installing a microSD card. You also get 7 GB of free cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive.
Nokia X2 comes with a 1,800 mAh battery and as per Nokia’s official website can deliver a standby time of up to 23 days, maximum talk time of up to 10 hours on 2G network and maximum talk time of up to 13 hours on 3G network. It is a dual SIM device which only supports micro SIM’s and features dual SIM dual standby functionality.
Nokia X2 borrows the “Fastlane” feature from its predecessor Nokia X which basically helps in multitasking and adds a new “app list” feature. You can also view the “Nokia Hands on Demo” Youtube video attached below to know more about Nokia X2.