Microsoft teases a product launch next week, possibly another Android-powered device

Microsoft teases a product launch next week, possibly another Android-powered device
Microsoft, which now fully owns Nokia's Devices & Services unit, is about to unveil a new phone or a line of phones the following week. Judging by the countdown timer that was just posted on the Nokia Conversations blog, the announcement will be on June 23. Apart from the countdown timer, Microsoft also teases us with a green teaser image and two statements:"Green with envy" and "Summer brings out our inner glow". This falls in line with the rumors that we heard roughly two weeks ago. According to them, Microsoft is about to unveil a slightly more powerful successor to the Android-powered Nokia X that debuted several months ago.

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

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37 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

OMG Microsoft shouldn't you be working on your own WP devices. Why are you still working with Android. Its not like you care about the Android world. You went so far out of your way to make your Android version not even look like Android or use the same regular apps.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At least this time you are using a coretx-A7 processor instead of a cortex-A5, and now you have put a GB of ram instead of a 512mb of ram.

18. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Xperia L specs and price. And Sony is far far better.

19. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Nokia made that phone, not Microsoft. That was before the Nokia devices division was acquired. Just simmer down, everything is going to be okay.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So Nokia decided to make their first smartphone using the Android OS with none of Googles apps and services, only running Microsoft's apps and services. With a UI that resembles WP. Now you want people to believe you that Microsoft had no say in these Nokia X phones? I think you would get more people believing the earth is flat. Also why is Microsoft coming out with a version 2 now? Its not Nokia any more, only Microsoft.

24. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

How do you know they're coming out with a second one? We don't know what's coming out, it might be the green lumia 1520, or green versions of other lumia phones? Amazon makes tablets and now a phone without google play services. I just don't understand why you're making such a big deal over it.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Some of the links mentioned say that everything is pointing to an updated version of the Nokia X. As if it would be a change in the color of a device only.

33. Beijendorf unregistered

Microsoft make a literal frick-ton of money from patents linked to Android. Android is very much something Microsoft care about. http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-most-profitable-mobile-operating-system-android-7000015094/

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

What do we call companies like this? Leeches

7. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Parasites...

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

So, is Google the same, because they use Android as well... Hundreds of others also do... The last time I checked Android wasn't owned by any of them, so what makes MS so different?.... ............... Can we get a reasonable, unbiased, mature awnswer please?

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

But none of the other companies runs an ad campaign (scroogled) to insulting Google's OS & search engine and then go about implementing their OS themselves. #DoubleStandards

14. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

last time i check msft didnt buy any company to sue others. and msft use aosp which is open source any one can use even you.

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. Suing has nothing to do what I'm saying. Re-read my comment. 2. If by 'buy any company to sue others' you mean Motorola then re-read their agreement. Google signed an agreement to only use those patents for defensive purpose. So, they can't go can't sue anyone but only protect themselves if someone else sues them. 3. 'last time i check msft didnt buy any company to sue others' Well then you didn't check hard enough:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-owns-PureView-ClearBlack-and-four-other-Nokia-trademarks_id57175 Apart from that they own another 8,500 patents from Nokia:http://readwrite.com/2013/09/03/what-microsoft-did-and-didnt-buy-with-its-nokia-acquisition#awesm=~oHsg36CQc4CGSb If Google really wanted to sue someone then your 'innovative' Notification centre in WP8.1 would've been sued long enough. 4. I know AOSP is open source, duh ! But the fact MS is insulting Google and then goes about using their OS is quite appalling really.

37. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

It's a business. Not a religion. Deal with it

16. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Check again Google does own android

20. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Its still open-source. Anyone can use it. Google knows that, and probably doesn't care. If they did care, it probably wouldn't be open-source.

21. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

+1 fact

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So why does Microsoft have to use it then. Microsoft has there own OS's. Not to mention their OS's are closed.

29. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

They don't have to. They choose to. What's the big deal?

36. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

MS has the absolute right to use Android. Because as you all Android fan trolls claim it. It's open source. meaning anybody can use it. Plus if it's making sales for MS, then why not make a successor?

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So the Nokia X will be replaced after only two or three months... must have been a great success! :) "Here is the X2, we added a home button because we saw it was needed, we added more ram because we saw it was needed. Thanks to all our paying beta-testers of the X!" ;)

6. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Microsoft/Nokia don't owe Nokia X users anything. They paid for Nokia X and they got it. Even software updates are not part of the package.

31. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And that's why my friend you get a WP, with guaranteed 3 year software support. :)

9. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think the nokia x itself was an experiment to test consumer's reactions to a forked android phone that runs MS services.They don't need much sales.Just release the successor fast and equip it with bettter specs.But in the end this news is a slap on the face for nokia x owners

5. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Poor Microsoft......they haven't learned that to compete you must come up with something ground breaking, or revolutionary to capture market share. People aren't as dumb as MS thinks and they know to do this in 3rd world countries at lower prices I bet.

10. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Poor you if you think thise phone is aimed to compete against iPhones and Galaxy S's!

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

So, you're saying that 100's of others haven't learned to compete as well?.... What's you're idea of a competitive device, and do you own it?

27. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

So, How many others are using Android as a shell to filter through users towards Microsoft Services genius? You have your panties all in a bunch and it's stopping circulation to the critical thinking area of your brain! Let me say ahead of time that I am a big believer in the "new" MS Windows Phone, but their spin on Android just makes Android that much bigger in my opinion. You don't see Android copying any thing MS is doing to filter their users to Android services do you. Android has a better mouse trap that doesn't need to try to deceive users to use their services. I am a fan of both companies, and build Windows desk tops and servers. I just built an 80 terabyte streaming music/video server for the home. I see myself owning both a note and a Windows phone at some point in the near future.....really!

15. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

LOL , like android captured (or hold) market share with flagship devices...

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