Nokia X2 coming with Home button, upgraded spec, and still Android

Nokia X2 coming with Home button, upgraded spec, and still AndroidIf you were assuming Microsoft's takeover of Nokia meant the end of the latter's Android-based X-Series smartphones, you may need to think again.

Because according to BGR India, a second generation of Nokia X phones is on the way, and this time around they'll have a dedicated Home button like pretty much every other Android phone on the market.

In launching the three-strong X-Series earlier this year, Nokia said this was Android on its own terms, pre-loading the devices with its own (and Microsoft's) services, and closing off access to the Google Play store in favour of its own alternative.

It also went against the Android grain by dropping the Home button from below the screen – to return to the home screen, users have to long-press the Back button – but it seems most people either don't know that, or don't like it, so a revised version is on the way.

And that's not the only change, either. The Nokia X2 has been spotted in an AnTuTu benchmark, and will reportedly come with a 4.3in 800 x 480 display (up from the original's 4in panel with the same resolution, 1GB of RAM (versus 512MB), a faster Snapdragon 200 processor and a revised Nokia UI based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, as opposed to the original's Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich fork.

The two reports may not necessarily go together – in other words, Microsoft may indeed be planning a minor revision to the Nokia X to add the home button, while the benchmark results could be for a pure development device.

We only say that because the prospect of seeing new Nokia-badged Android hardware appear now that Microsoft is writing the cheques still seems highly unusual.

Then again, Microsoft could simply have decided to play out whatever X-series handsets were already in the pipelines when it took control of Nokia, then draw a line under the whole thing from then on.

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