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.
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)
1. dil2abu (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Launch a flagship device with pureview camera and android Os.. That'll do..
13. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
REAL android... REAL GOOGLE android... not some half hearted android!!!
65. rocksy (Posts: 27; 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.
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?
22. T.Law (Posts: 243; Member since: 10 May 2014)
If they want my money back, they'll have to do much better than this crap.
34. rromerof (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Sadly for you, that will never happen now that Nokia is sold to Microsoft.
55. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 966; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
happily for me i get the new Z launcher from the real nokia !
60. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
The new Z launcher from the REAL nokia shows that Elop is mess up.
2. mercorp (Posts: 968; 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
3. PeterK. (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
We guess they've just dusted off and recycled the name.
6. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
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.
4. XaErO (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
The UI looks much more smoother & subtle .. Especially, I liked the Multitasking UI .. it's nice and appears smooth ..
30. lalalaman (Posts: 349; 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
64. rocksy (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 May 2014)
Ya, I see Nokia X2 video on Youtube.
UI is much smoother and Just simple.
5. alterecho (Posts: 1080; 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.
8. wax33 (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Apr 2014)
"...Or they want to give Android a bad image."
That's exactly what they want.
33. mayur007 (Posts: 409; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
or they feel android will save them..
that means they know about their OS how bad it is..
41. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; 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.
43. Liveitup (Posts: 1186; 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.
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
53. Liveitup (Posts: 1186; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
WP was the first to implement flat UI within mobile software the others have stopped doing Skeuomorphism and followed WP trend.
67. meanestgenius (Posts: 1130; Member since: 28 May 2014)
WebOS had a flat UI. That was out before the Windows Phone OS came out. So does that mean MS copied the WebOS UI?
42. Liveitup (Posts: 1186; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
The Viruses, instability, lagging etc that have plagued Android for years didn't?.
59. ojdidit84 (Posts: 297; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
The viruses? lol
Never had one never even seen or heard of anyone with a legitamate virus on their Android phone. Instability & lag (Earlier Sense & Touchwiz, I'll give you that) are becoming a thing of the past. Especially instability. Haven't seen much, if any, instability on an Android phone since 4.1 Jellybean. But since you use WP an not Android, I could see how you're still spouting off things of the distant past.
66. Liveitup (Posts: 1186; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Android Virus problems are well known, that's one of the pitfalls of an Open source OS.
Don't get me wrong Android is a great OS in its own way but like any platform opened or closed its has it downsides.
73. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Because Linux is a minefield of viruses and Windows is a safe haven of safety.
Ohwaitno, that's a little backwards, isn't it?
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
24. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; 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.
27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3997; 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.
28. elitewolverine (Posts: 1538; 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.
31. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; 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.
37. akki20892 (Posts: 3430; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
yeaaa u r back after long time........i agree but it's MS now.
7. Caveman723 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 May 2014)
This is a software & hardware improvement from the Nokia X. If you don't mind about the specs then I'll say it's a wiser choice for a mid-ranger / low-end phone. I have the X & don't mind to buy this either..
15. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
It's a GOOD PHONE, but for the same price, does it comparable to competitor offering?
10. timukh (Posts: 163; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
How about some lumias now Nokia/Microsoft? Its been ages since 620, 720, 820, 925 have been released!! How about refreshing that lineup instead of releasing such devices!! Those devices all have old hardware and no one will buy them now! And sorry but 1320 is just way to big!! Release some decent devices!!! :-/
16. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
agree!! release some decent device with good os. don't use that cray-cray wp.
19. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 325; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
Uh, the 1520...? Ok, that too has a large display (try it, though; it may grow on you!), but the 930 is right on your doorstep! And there's talk of a 1020-successor this fall...
36. timukh (Posts: 163; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
930 is still nowhere to be seen in my country (india). And also enough with the flagships.920, 925, 1020 and 1520 all are pretty high priced outside US. Also outside US and UK very few people can afford a flagship. So the need for mid-range devices is more! Last year 620, 625,720 and 820 were good choices in that range but after that no new phones were announced! And they still wonder why their market share isnt increasing that much..
11. rocksy (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 May 2014)
Wow Nokia believed in improve quality not quantity.
What's new in Nokia X2-
(1)Nokia Clearblack display, which not availble in Lumia 520,525
(2)Nokia Glanss Screen which even not available in Lumia 520,525.
(3)Scratch resistent Glass(Gorilla glass).
(4)5MP Rear/VGA front.
(5)Upgraded chipset and processor-1.2Ghz Dual Core Snapdragon 200 with Adreno 302 GPU.
(6)Better Software Nokia X os v2.0(android 4.3) with 3 HOME SCREEN- X Regular UI , Right sided App list, Left sided Fastlane.
17. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
the clearback display in nokia x2, is not the real clearback display
12. FingerMyApple (unregistered)
Nice candy phone, too bad it's android, I'm pass
18. muhsen (Posts: 257; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
The devuce has a quadcore processor not a duel core one.....making it better than the moto e
20. PeterK. (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
We are pretty sure that the Nokia X2 packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 system-on-chip.
21. rocksy (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 May 2014)
Here some intresting fact/Data about Nokia X shared by Nokia ( on Developer Nokia site )
(1) Nokia X is the no. 1 selling smartphone in Pakistan.
(2)Its no. 1 smartphone in its price point in Russia, Nigeria and Kenya
(3)Its no. 3 smartphone across India in its price point.
23. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1827; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Niceee.. Looks better than the SGSS5 IMHO,,..lol
38. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Everything looks better than the GS5... Well, at least in my opinion.. But, a good opinion it is!
25. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I'm going to go ahead and give a big, fat "NOPE" to this one. I get what Microsoft is doing, and I find it hilarious after all of the FUD BS they tried to spread about Android they're releasing half-assed Android devices themselves.
47. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
I think after the merger announced, and elop were not the CEO anymore, the Finnish try to put a trojan in microsoft, just like microsoft put a trojan in nokia.... nice play!!!
26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3997; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
So it went from dual core 1 GHz Cortex A5 to dual core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7, and from Adreno 203 to Adreno 302. They doubled the RAM, bumped the camera to 5 MP, and added a flash. It's a decent upgrade in comparison, but still pretty bad, especially considering the lack of Google services. I would suggest a Moto E instead of this (or Moto G if the person wants to spend the extra $50).
I think these forks of Android are kind of silly; the Google ecosystem is the one of best parts of Android. It ties everything together. These companies spend so much time changing Android, why don't they just make their own OS? I can see why Amazon might not want to, it is easier to just build from Android, but Microsoft has no reason to use Android. This is essentially Android emulating Windows Phone. Is WP doing so poorly that they can't use their own OS to promote their services, so they have to use the Android name to attempt to bring in more customers? That's what it looks like.
48. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
Actually, WP **REALLY** DOING POORLY. They only sold when priced very cheap.
It seems to me that people who spend big $$$ on smartphone know the phone, but those who spend less than US$ 150 on phone, don't really know the pro and cons of each OS. This is the reason that WP and BB only sold when priced cheap.
69. meanestgenius (Posts: 1130; Member since: 28 May 2014)
This is an article about THE NOKIA X2. NOT BLACKBERRY. If you're going to bring BlackBerry up, I'm going to shut you down like I do when you troll BlackBerry articles.
75. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3997; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It was relevant, and true. Blackberry and Windows Phone find most of their sales in low priced phones.
77. meanestgenius (Posts: 1130; Member since: 28 May 2014)
No, it wasn't. The point could have been made without bringing up BlackBerry.
Also, the majority of Android sales are made up in the low end as well. Why wasn't that mentioned by Wahywahoo? Because he likes to troll BlackBerry, that's why.