Nokia announces €99 X2: Microsoft still loves Android

Nokia announces €99 X2: Microsoft still loves AndroidNokia has officially announced the X2, and yes the Microsoft-owned Nokia has kept full faith with its Android experiment.

Just four months to the day since the original Nokia X was unveiled at MWC 2014, its replacement throws a surprising number of hardware improvements into the mix, and still for under €100.

OK, just under, and at €99 (pre-taxes and subsidies as is the Nokia way) it's €10 up on the Nokia X, but for a faster processor, bigger display, twice the RAM, a better camera plus a front-facer, who's complaining?

Perhaps the real surprise is that it's still Android (v4.3 Jelly Bean) doing OS duties. With a replacement lined up just four months after the original, during which time Microsoft has finally taken full control at Nokia – not to mention a teaser line on Nokia Conversations talking about having to go back to go forward – some were suggesting the X2 would have Meego or Symbian on board as Microsoft sought to backpedal out of a potentially sticky Android mess.

But no, Android's there, albeit the Nokia-doctored Android build that looks a hell of a lot like Windows Phone. As we heard rumoured a month ago, there's also now a Home button too to make navigation and multitasking easier.

Back to the hardware. The display is up from 4in to 4.3in, though overall dimensions are up on all three planes and the X2 is a fair bit heavier too.

To be fair, some of that will be down to the addition of a front-facing camera, while the main unit is up from 3.1MP to 5MP. You also get a boost from a Snapdragon S4 to a S200 chipset, which in real terms sees a lift in dual-core processing speed from 1GHz to 1.2GHz.

There's also a doubling to 1GB of RAM, while storage remains at 4GB, with a microSD card slot as before and a 15GB helping of OneDrive storage online. As before there's Dual SIM support so you can pick and choose the best plans or share the phone between family members.

With that in mind, it's no surprise to see the UK isn't among the “selected countries” where the Nokia X2 will be available immediately, but it should be available next month we hear.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2014 at 14:46

Is the X team responsible for that Z Launcher in the Google Play store?
I quite like it - considering it's an early 'beta'.


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