Microsoft teases a product launch next week, possibly another Android-powered device
That's right, according to the hardware specifications that leaked previously, the device will be an entry-level one, aimed at the emerging markets. Reportedly, it will sport a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, a dual-core Snapdragon 200, running at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, and a 5MP rear camera. The device in question is rolling under the RM-1013 model number and its codename is Nokia X2DS. Once again, it will be running a forked version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which means that Google's services and apps won't come preinstalled on the phone. Unlike the Nokia X, which only had a physical "back" button, its rumored successor is believed to also come with a physical "home" button at the front.
These hardware specs put Microsoft's upcoming Android-powered device pretty much on par with the affordable Motorola Moto E. Undoubtedly, this hints us that the battle for the emerging markets might get a tad fiercer if Microsoft indeed launches such an Android device.
source: Nokia Conversations via Neowin