Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 24, 2014.
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It made sense for Nokia to launch the X Android smartphones as a way to gain traction in the lower-tier market, but it was widely expected that Microsoft would abandon the venture once it assumed control of Nokia. That's no longer the case as Microsoft today launched the Nokia X2, a more powerful but still cheap smartphone, and it's still running Android.
The Nokia X2 uses Android as a way to deliver the apps that people want, but it shoehorns Microsoft's services in place of Google's. The phone has its own app store instead of Google Play, uses Outlook for email, OneDrive for cloud storage, Bing search, and comes with Skype preloaded. Microsoft's competing services take the place of Android staples from Google, and the home screen launcher now emulates Windows Phone even more thanks to more tiles and an app list to open apps. There are several improvements to the performance and apps that should make navigation smoother, and these "Platform 2.0" changes won't make their way to the original Nokia X or XL phones.
As for the hardware upgrades, here are the Nokia X2 specs:
- 4.3-inch WGVA display with ClearBlack
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 200)
- 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, 32GB microSD
- 5-megapixel camera with flash
- VGA front-facing camera
- 1,800 mAh battery (13 hours talk time on 3G)
- Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS
- GSM 860/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100, HSPA+21
- Dimensions: 121.7mm x 68.3 x 11.1mm
- Weight: 150g
The Nokia X2 will go on sale in July for 99 euros.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.