Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL officially announced, Nokia's first ever Android phones
Nokia has officially announced the much awaited and leaked Nokia X smartphone at MWC in Barcelona today. The company has not only announced the Nokia X, but has also announced two more Android smartphones under Nokia X series, yeah two more. All the three smartphones from Nokia are priced decently and will be available across the globe from Q2 2014, where the Nokia X will go on sale immediately.
Dubbed as Nokia X+, the second Nokia Android smartphone comes with better upgraded RAM. Whereas, the biggest of all three is the Nokia XL, which comes with a 5-inch display, 5MP rear camera and 2MP front facing camera.
All the three smartphones runs on AOSP (Android Open Source Program) build of Android, with Microsoft's Could Services, not Google's. The smartphones also comes with Nokia's HERE Maps, Nokia App Store, Microsoft OneDrive, MixRadio, Outlook and Skype apps, to fill the gaps left by removing Google's services.
Talking about the hardware now, the Nokia X family has only one single capacitive button for navigation. Hitting the button once will let you go back and holding it down for a while will return you back to the home screen.
Software customization-wise, Nokia has created a Windows Phone-like tiled home-screen, which looks very similar to the Microsoft's Windows Phone UI. The installed apps are displayed on the home-screen itself, instead of a separate app drawer. You can easily customize the home-screen by changing the tile sizes to be medium or large. Widgets can also be placed on the home-screen.
Nokia has also included the Fastlane feature, which can be accessed by swiping across the screen. The feature makes its way all over from Nokia's Asha line-up. The feature is a mixture of notifications and recent activity. Nokia has also included the pull down option, which displays app notifications, new messages and more. The worst part of the phone (the whole family) is that it runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Coming to pricing now, Nokia has priced the X at 89 Euros (~Rs. 7,600), whereas the Nokia X+ has been priced at 99 Euros (~Rs. 8,500) and lastly the Nokia XL will be available for 109 Euros (~Rs. 9,300). Both Nokia X and X+ will be available in Black, White, Cyan, Yellow, Green and Red colours, and the Nokia XL will be available in Black, White, Cyan, Yellow, Green and Orange colours.
Specifications-wise, the Nokia X comes with a 4-inch IPS LCD WVGA display with resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play (8225) processor, 512MB RAM, 3MP fixed focus rear camera, 4GB internal storage with up to 32GB expandable using microSD card and 1,500 mAh battery. The Nokia X+ features 768MB RAM, rest all the specs are similar to that of the Nokia X.
On the other hand, the Nokia XL comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD WVGA display with resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play (8225) processor, 768MB RAM, 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front facing camera, 4GB internal storage with expandable memory up to 32GB using microSD card and 2,000 mAh battery.