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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  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
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88 Comments

1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

13. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

65. rocksy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 06, 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.

68. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Trollololololololololololol

79. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

22. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

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

34. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

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

55. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

60. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

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

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

57. adecvat

Posts: 626; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It is x2-00

4. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

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

30. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 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: 67; Member since: May 06, 2014

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

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: Apr 06, 2014

"...Or they want to give Android a bad image." That's exactly what they want.

33. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

or they feel android will save them.. that means they know about their OS how bad it is..

41. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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: May 29, 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: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP was the first to implement flat UI within mobile software the others have stopped doing Skeuomorphism and followed WP trend.

61. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

but others don't follow the wp tiles.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 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: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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

59. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 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: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android Virus problems are well known, that's one of the pitfalls of an Open source OS. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-11/millions-of-android-devices-vulnerable-to-heartbleed-bug.html http://bgr.com/2014/04/21/virus-shield-android-app-scam-refund/ 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: May 29, 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

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