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BARCELONA: FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia announced its debut Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday, the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.
The Nokia X, X+ and XL, which reportedly have been given the thumbs up by Microsoft despte the firm shunning Windows Phone in favour of Android, debuted at Nokia's MWC press conference this morning.
As rumours had suggested, the Nokia X lineup feature a heavily-customised version of Google's Android operating system, much like that found on Amazon's Kindle tablet lineup. This means that the Nokia X isn't your typical Android phone, shunning access to Google Play in favour of its own Nokia App Store, which already has some big-name apps such as Swiftkey and BBM.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said, "With the Nokia X, we benefit from the Android app ecosystem. However, we have built on this, with the device introducing new people to Nokia apps and services. It also means Android developers can bring their apps to the Nokia family in just a few hours.
"For developers, the Nokia X is a great way for developers to increase their revenues, and we will offer a bunch of different monetisation options."
The devices also come with Microsoft services baked-in, such as Skype, Onedrive and Outlook, with Nokia touting the device as a way for Microsoft to reach a wider audience.
Elop added, "The Nokia X takes people to Microsoft's cloud, not Google's cloud, which means Microsoft will be able to reach people it has never talked to, all around the world," so it's no wonder that Microsoft gave the device the green light ahead of launch.
In terms of specs, the Nokia X features a 4in touchscreen, a 3MP rear-facing camera, a dual-SIM slot. Nokia is still to detail full specifications for the device.
However, it did say that the Nokia X+, which likely will be more expensive, features more memory and storage, boasting a built-in microSD slot, while the highest-spec Nokia XL will feature a 5in display, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a front-facing 2MP camera.
In terms of availability, the Nokia X, X+ and XL will be available in the coming weeks for €89, €99 and €109, respectively.
Check back soon for our Nokia X hands-on review. µ
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