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Nokia X2 arrives as Microsoft’s first Android device

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Tue Jun 24 2014, 09:39

NOKIA HAS UNVEILED the Nokia X2, its first Android smartphone since Microsoft took over its devices business.

The Nokia X2 follows the original Nokia X range that the Finns unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and brings yet another cheap and cheerful Android smartphone to the table.

In terms of specifications, the Nokia X2 has a 4.3in 480x800 Clearblack display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 1GB RAM. Unlike the Nokia's original Android line, there's the addition of a home key below the screen.

Nokia X2 is the first Android phone from Microsoft

The handset arrives running a custom fork of Google's Android mobile operating system - Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 - which Nokia has tweaked to look more like Windows Phone. Much like the Amazon Fire Phone, the Nokia X doesn't have access to Google Play, with apps instead being made available through the Nokia App Store.

The Nokia X2, like the original Nokia X phones, also comes with some Microsoft apps and services pre-loaded, such as Skype, Onedrive and Outlook.

Nokia said, "In terms of Microsoft-made apps, Skype, Outlook.com and Onedrive with 15GB storage are available right out of the box. Bing Search app, Yammer and Xbox games, including Snapattack, Wordament and Kinectimals are available from the Nokia Store. The note-taking app, Onenote also makes its debut, giving people another useful way to experience cloud services."

Unforuntately, the Nokia X2 doesn't come with the former Finnish firm's Imaging SDK, with Nokia telling us at MWC that it likely would appear "when the time is right".

Beyond that, the Nokia X2 comes with dual 5MP and 0.3MP cameras, dual-SIM support and a 1,800mAh battery. Much like the Finns' Lumia smartphones, the handset will be available in a number of colours - green, orange, yellow, black and white.

The Nokia X2 is available immediately in "select countries globally" priced at €99, although there's no mention of a UK release. µ

 

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