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Microsoft unveils the Nokia X2: a little more of the same

Microsoft unveils the Nokia X2: a little more of the same

Exactly four months after the first Android-powered Nokia smartphone – the Nokia X - saw the light of day, Microsoft unveiled a successor to the pioneer – say a big, hearty "Hello!" to the entry-level, dual-SIM Nokia X2, which is the first Android smartphone that is coming straight from Redmond.

Just like its predecessor, the Nokia X2 is running a forked version of Google's OS, which means that the device will not ship with any of the search giant's apps or services preinstalled – Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Hangouts, and Google Play are out of the question here. Instead, Microsoft has equipped its first Android smartphone with a wide range of its own apps and services. Instead, owners of the X2 will be able to download apps from the curated Nokia Store app market. Of course, this store can't rival Google Play in the amount of apps that are available. Still, users can sideload Android apps form APK files to their heartfelt content.

On top of Android, the Nokia X2 runs tiled interface, reminding us about the looks of Windows Phone's interface. The smartphone also features the same Fastlane user interface, which comes straight from the Asha family of devices. It provides users with a timeline of your activities, which provides you with a list of your recently-accessed apps, upcoming events, tasks, and more. Microsoft has also equipped the Nokia X2 with a number of its own services and apps – Skype, Outlook.com, OneDrive (with 15GB of available cloud storage), OneNote, HERE Maps, MixRadio, etc. Additionally, some of the more popular Android apps, such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Line, WeChat, and others are already available on Nokia Store.

Microsoft unveils the Nokia X2: a little more of the same
Hardware-wise, the Nokia X2 is nothing to write home about. It packs a dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, which is running at no more or less than 1.2GHz. The amount of on-board RAM has doubled in comparison with the Nokia X – the Nokia X2 sports a hefty 1GB of RAM, which is an altogether a substantial increase. However, the 4GB of available internal storage aren't, but the microSD card slot should the trick, as it supports memory cards of up to 32GB in size. A removable 1800mAh battery at the back of the X2 keeps the lights on.

The display of the Nokia X2 is a tad larger than the one of the Nokia X, yet it retains the same resolution – Microsoft's new affordable device comes with a 4.3-inch ClearBlack LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800. This means that the Nokia X2 has a display pixel density of roughly 217 ppi, which is a little lower and less sharper than the pixel density of Nokia X's display.

Unlike the Nokia X, the X2 comes with a VGA front-facing camera. Additionally, the 5MP rear snapper comes with a flash and autofocus – as you might remember, the Nokia X was devoid of these. The Nokia X2 also totes a duo of capacitive buttons on its front - a back and a home button for easy multitasking. That's another improvement in comparison with the Nokia X, which only packed a back button. Better late than never, we guess.

The Nokia X2 has also grown in comparison with the Nokia X. Microsoft's new affordable device has dimensions of 4.79 x 2.68 x 0.43 inches (121.7 x 68.3 x 11.1mm) and tips the scales at 5.29 oz (150 g). Microsoft is especially proud with the outer layer of the X2, which sports a shiny "brand-new cool translucent outer layer" of plastic.

Connectivity-wise, the Nokia X2 supports 3G with downlink speeds of up to 21.1Mbps. Of course, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (4.0) are also on board.

Microsoft says that the Nokia X2 will be immediately available in select markets and will retail for around $134 (EUR 99) before taxes and subsidies. It will be available in glossy green, orange, and black. Additional color options, such as glossy yellow, white, and matt dark grey will follow soon.

With all being said, the Nokia X2 will probably give the entry-level Motorola Moto E a run for its money, as both devices are almost on par in terms of on-board hardware and price. So, how do you feel about the Nokia X2? Is it a worthy successor to the Nokia X, or just a timely refreshment? Drop a line and share your thoughts below!




source: Nokia (1), (2)

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posted on 24 Jun 2014, 03:28 5

1. dil2abu (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Crap..

Launch a flagship device with pureview camera and android Os.. That'll do..

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 04:35 6

13. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


REAL android... REAL GOOGLE android... not some half hearted android!!!

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:39 3

22. T.Law (Posts: 416; Member since: 10 May 2014)


I agree.
If they want my money back, they'll have to do much better than this crap.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 07:40 2

34. rromerof (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Sadly for you, that will never happen now that Nokia is sold to Microsoft.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:33 1

55. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1201; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


happily for me i get the new Z launcher from the real nokia !

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:22 1

60. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The new Z launcher from the REAL nokia shows that Elop is mess up.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:50 1

65. rocksy (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Android UI is so borning.
But Nokia X v2.0 UI Look Simple and smoother.
Modified Nokia Notification center,Easy Dual sim managemet look awesome.
Nokia X UI make Multitasking very easy.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 15:24 1

68. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Trollololololololololololol

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 10:13

79. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


So why nokia with it's un-boring tiles UI feel down from number 1 to number 10?

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 03:33

2. mercorp (Posts: 1032; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Wait...there was a Nokia x2 fro m years ago!
And how about the Xperia x2?http://m.gsmarena.com/nokia_x2_00-3304.phphttp:​//m.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_xperia_x2-2926.php

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 03:44 2

3. PeterK. (Posts: 303; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


We guess they've just dusted off and recycled the name.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 03:50

6. mercorp (Posts: 1032; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Yeah,the confusion!
But it looks like a good moto e competitor...
But not in my country,where xiaomi charges the same for their redmi smartphones off contract.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:44

57. adecvat (Posts: 279; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


It is x2-00

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 03:44

4. XaErO (Posts: 328; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


The UI looks much more smoother & subtle .. Especially, I liked the Multitasking UI .. it's nice and appears smooth ..

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 06:49

30. lalalaman (Posts: 635; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


i think it is a worthy competitor of moto e.....only if it is as smooth as moto e and not crackly like nokia x

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:42 1

64. rocksy (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Ya, I see Nokia X2 video on Youtube.
UI is much smoother and Just simple.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 03:45

5. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I thought they were going to ditch the tile interface.
Most stores i see, have kicked the tile interface and installed something much less frustrating, on the demo device.
Looks like they haven't learnt their lesson.
...Or they want to give Android a bad image.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 03:56 5

8. wax33 (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Apr 2014)


"...Or they want to give Android a bad image."

That's exactly what they want.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 04:37 1

14. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I don't think they trying to give android the bad image, but
1. they trying to spread the idea that "TILES IS COOL, TILES IS THE FUTURE".
2. they don't want their android offering better than lumia. it would be disastrous for them if the nokia X series sell more than the lumia, and eating lumia cake

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:51 2

24. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It'd be disastrous for them, but a vindication for all those of us who said over and over that Nokia should launch Android phones.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 06:22 3

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


If Nokia had made an Android device with Google services and a well made, light skin, I would have definitely been interested. It wouldn't have made them the king of mobile again like most Nokia fans were saying it would, but I think it would've seen more profit than their Lumia line.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 06:40

28. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The only reason why we are talking about nokia is because they switched to WP. They were a dying brand, they had talked about android before WP before Elop.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 06:55 1

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Switching to WP was better than nothing, but Nokia hadn't tried Android at all before doing so. Furthermore, Nokia had such a strong standing that as long as they executed decently they would have had a built in customer base for Android sales. As it is, the only reason WP is in the conversation is because of Nokia.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 07:19 3

33. mayur007 (Posts: 570; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


or they feel android will save them..

that means they know about their OS how bad it is..

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:03 1

37. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


yeaaa u r back after long time........i agree but it's MS now.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:38 1

41. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I'm using WP8.1 on my L1520, and it's wonderful.. I'm having a hard time thinking of how it's bad... From your experience using WP8.1 on a daily basis what has led you to believe it's bad? Just asking.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:40 1

42. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The Viruses, instability, lagging etc that have plagued Android for years didn't?.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:42 2

43. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


What?, that's what you got from this WP is bad. Maybe you haven't been looking around you as of late but everybody is WP flat UI. Its a trendsetter not bad.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:04 2

44. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


...WP flat? you must be joking
WP didn't own flat, WP is flat, other also starting the flat things, but the tiles flat is bad

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:06 1

45. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


which is not what microsoft wanted...

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