With Nokia’s success in the Android range, it has been adventurous enough to announce the successor to the Android pioneer Nokia X – the Nokia X2.
This Redmond born phone will be running an altered version of the Google OS, which would mean no preinstallation for Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Hangouts, and Google Play. There would be different apps and services and users would be able to add on more apps by way of download from Nokia Store app market.
Although Google Play store’s app scope cannot be rivaled here, yet users can sideload a number of Android apps from APK files.
Strangely enough, Android has mirrored the Windows OS here, be displaying a tiled interface. The same Fastlane user interface that was used for the Asha line up has been put to use here. Microsoft has updated the X2 with its own Apps like Outlook.com, OneDrive (with 15GB of available cloud storage), OneNote, HERE Maps, MixRadio, etc. Also, android apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Line, WeChat and others have been made available here.
Hardware-wise, the Nokia X2 is quite similar to its predecessor with a dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, at 1.2GHz. The amount of on-board RAM, in the Nokia X2 has been increased to 1GB of RAM. The 4GB of available internal storage is still the same, but it supports memory cards of up to 32GB in size. A removable 1800mAh battery powers the device. The last generation’s Nokia X+ and Nokia XL packed in 768MB of RAM, while the Nokia X had 512MB of RAM. All three last generation Nokia X phones ran on a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 chipset.
The new Nokia X family member features a 4.3-inch ClearBlack LCD display that offers a pixel density of 217ppi and a resolution of 480 x 800. The pictures are less sharper than those taken by a Nokia X phone.
The Nokia X2 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with flash, while there is a VGA front-facing camera (unspecified resolution) also onboard. The Nokia X lacked the Flash and the autofocus.
In the front there are capacitive buttons – a back and a home button for easy multitasking as compared to just one button in the Nokia X.
Size wise, Nokia X2 is larger than Nokia X. It has dimensions of 4.79 x 2.68 x 0.43 inches (121.7 x 68.3 x 11.1mm) and weighs 5.29 oz (150 g). The new Nokia X series phone will be available in Glossy Black, Green, Orange, Dark Grey, White and Yellow. The Nokia X2 now sports a translucent outer layer, reminiscent to the ones seen on Nokia’s Asha range of handsets, much to the pride of the Redmond giant.
In terms of connectivity, Nokia X2 supports 3G with downlink speeds of up to 21.1Mbps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (4.0). It should be available in around $134 (EUR 99), taxes and subsidies not added.