MWC began with a bang. It’s the first day of the Congress and we are already in for a huge surprise thanks to Nokia. It has been known for a while that the company was going to announce its first Android phone in Barcelona, but probably no one expected that there would be more than one. Actually, there are three of them and they are called Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. The Nokia X will cost just 89 Euros, or about $120, and will be available immediately. The Nokia X+ will arrive in stores in April priced at 99 Euros or about $139. The Nokia XL will be the last one to show up, some time later in Q2 2014, for a price of 109 Euros which would be around $149.
Nokia Android Phones: Nokia X and Nokia X+
The Nokia X is the most entry-level Android phone of the trio. The phone features a 4-inch 800 x 480 IPS display and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8225). There is 512 MB of RAM on board along with 4 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot. The Nokia X sports a 3-megapixel rear camera with fixed focus, 3G connectivity, a 1,500 mAh battery and dual-SIM support. Front-facing shooter is not present, so selfies will be off limits for the Nokia X owners.
At 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm the phone is pretty compact, though somewhat thick, and it weighs 128.66 grams. The Nokia X will be available in Asia Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle-East, and Africa in green, black, white, yellow, cyan, and red color options.
Next in line, the Nokia X+, is in fact very similar to the X and packs identical screen with the same resolution, processor, camera, battery and even color options. The X+ is different from the X only in that it offers more RAM, 768 MB to be more exact, and it will be sold together with a 4 GB microSD card included.
Nokia XL Android Smartphone
Finally, we have the Nokia XL Android smartphone – the most attractive offering of the lineup. Measuring 141.3 x 77.7 x 10.8 mm and tipping the scales at 190 grams, the phone is bigger than the Nokia X and X+. Such dimensions translate to a bigger screen which measures 5-inches diagonally, though it retains the same 800 x 480 resolution. In addition to a 5-megapixel rear camera, the handset also comes with a 2-megapixel front-facing sensor with 720p video capture. With the exception of the battery, which is a 2,000 mAh unit, other features are the same as the Nokia X+. Color versions of the XL include green, black, white, yellow, cyan, and bright orange.
As expected, the trio runs Android, but it would be hard to guess by just looking at the screen. The platform is so heavily customized, that it actually more resembles Windows Phone than typical Android. Moreover, there is no support for Google services, meaning no Play Store access. In addition to Nokia’s app store, user also will be able to use alternative app stores like GetJar or sideload apps via the SD card. Instead of Google apps, all three phones are pre-loaded with Nokia or Microsoft counterparts such as Nokia Here Maps, Nokia MixRadio, Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com.