Must Read: Introducing the Nokia X, Nokia X+ & Nokia XL Android Trio
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Introducing the Nokia X, Nokia X+ & Nokia XL Android Trio

By Aniruddh on Tuesday 25th of Feb 2014

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The ‘Nokia X Software Platform 1.0′ based is on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The Nokia X Android device, famously known as ‘Normandy’ is no longer a rumour. After being hidden in darkness for a few months, Nokia finally decided to let three Android based devices breathe fresh air. The question of Nokia ever making an Android handset has been answered. However, by having a peek at the specifications of these devices, it is clear that the Nokia-Android symbiosis is still at a very early stage and is targeted towards low-end market. These three devices are named as the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL respectively. These devices are meant to target the lower end of the smartphone market with very basic hardware. The pricing is quite reasonable with 109 Euro for the 5 inch XL, 99 Euro for the 4 inch X+, and just 89 pounds for the Nokia X. Also, Nokia has no interest in waging war against other major smartphone developers as it will only be sold in Asia, Eastern Europe, and other places including South America. The phone will not enter competitive smartphone markets like Western Europe or North America.

These devices are meant to target the lower end of the smartphone market with very basic hardware.

The Nokia X looks like a Nokia Lumia 520 possessed by Android OS. It also will be available in various vibrant colours just like the Lumia 520. The display spans 4 inches with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has the Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play Processor. The Nokia X comes equipped with 512 MB  of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage , and runs Nokia X Software Platform 1.0 based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. To add to that, it has a 3.15 MP rear camera capable of recording videos at 480p. The low cost hardware is powered by a decent 1500 mAh battery.

Nokia X specifications

  • A 4 inch  480 x 800 pixels display
  • The Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • microSD up to 32 GB
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • 3.15 MP primary camera which captures 480p videos
  • Android 4.1.2 JellyBean
  • WiFi, Bluetooth V3.0
  • 3G
  • Optional Dual SIM
  • 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery

The Nokia X+ is a Nokia X with 768 MB of RAM.

Nokia X+ specifications

  • A 4 inch  480 x 800 pixels display
  • The Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play Processor
  • 768 MB RAM
  • microSD up to 32 GB
  • 3.15 MP primary camera which captures 480p videos
  • Android 4.1.2 JellyBean
  • WiFi, Bluetooth V3.0, 3G
  • Optional Dual SIM
  • 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery

The Nokia XL sports a larger display at 5 inches but retains the same resolution. Also, the Nokia XL is equipped with a front facing 2 MP camera, which make it ideal for Skype calls. Other upgrades include a larger battery at 2000 mAh, and 768 MB of RAM.

Nokia XL specifications

  • A 5 inch 480 x 800 pixels display
  • The Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play Processor
  • 768 MB RAM
  • microSD up to 32 GB
  • 3.15 MP primary camera which captures 480p videos
  • 2 MP secondary camera
  • Android 4.1.2 JellyBean
  • WiFi, Bluetooth V3.0, 3G
  • Optional Dual SIM
  • 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery
Applications and games can downloaded from Nokia’s own app store replacing Google Play Store.

The UI looks like a cocktail of Windows Phone and Android, with a few shades of the Asha OS. To speak the truth it looks pretty bland, not nearly as glamorous as Windows Phone with those live tiles. Also, the only available input to the the UI now is a capacitive back button located just below the screen. The use of the back button for multiple purposes can be quite irritating and tacky. In addition to this, the OS is extremely slow when it comes to switching between apps and general transitions. The OS has a feature called as Fastline, which is in a way similar to the default Android notification bar. It displays all your relevant notifications in a single place and can be accessed by swiping across the screen. Applications and games can downloaded from Nokia’s own app store replacing Google Play Store. An exact date for release of the Android smartphones has not been announced but we might see them from next months in some markets.

 

 

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