Remember the mysterious teaser that was released on Nokia Conversations blog a few days ago? Though no one was 100% certain what exactly it meant, the recurrent speculation pointed to a successor of the Nokia X. When the countdown timer hit zero all the puzzling bits and pieces finally made sense as Microsoft lifted the veils off of its first Android-based smartphone. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Nokia X2 – the next generation of Android-powered handset made by the Finnish company now owned by Microsoft.
Microsoft’s Nokia X2 Android Smartphone
The Nokia X2 comes exactly four months after the Nokia X was announced which is probably the fastest update in history. The X was Nokia’s first attempt at Android device and as such it needed a bit of polishing up. It appears that Microsoft is an attentive listener and took into account all the comments that users and experts made about the Nokia X. Although still a lower-end phone, the Nokia X2’s hardware received much desired upgrade, as did software and design.
The first thing you notice when you compare the Nokia X and X2 is that the latter is shiny. Literally. Microsoft covered the back panel of the phone with a brand new translucent outer layer which gives the device a different look. Although there is no indication of that, the shiny layer might serve as extra protection against scratches. Hopefully, it is also treated with some sort of oleophobic coating or the phone will be constantly covered in greasy fingerprints.
Featuring a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, the Nokia X2 is bigger than its predecessor; however, it has the same resolution as the Nokia X, that is 800 x 480 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor which certainly will be faster than the 1 GHz chip of the X. The X2 also doubles RAM from 512 MB to 1 GB. As expected, the 3-megapixel camera of the Nokia X also received a boost and now has a 5-megapixel sensor with autofocus and flash.
As rumored, the Nokia X2 has two capacitive buttons on the front panel instead of the usual Android trio. The back key has an additional feature – long press provides access to the list of recent or currently running apps. The handset is equipped with a VGA front-facing and offers dual-SIM support – a feature that is appreciated especially in emerging markets at which the Nokia X2 is aimed. Rounding up the specs is a 1800 mAh battery which according to Microsoft, should be good for up to 13 hours of talk time on 3G or up to 23 days of standby time.
The Nokia X2 will ship with the next-generation Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 which adds a few important enhancements to the user interface. Although based on Android, the platform resembles more Windows Phone with its resizable tiles. Users can also choose Fastlane screen or a new Lumia-inspired apps list, from which users can pin items to the home screen.
The Nokia X2 will go on sale in July for €99, or approximately $135. Initially the phone will be available in glossy green, orange, and black, with glossy yellow, white, and matt dark gray options following later.
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