Nokia X, X+ and XL Android Smartphones official; Specs & Price
Finally it is official Nokia has utilized MWC 2014 to unveil trio of Android smartphones exciting Android fans all over the world. Although there was several leaks and rumors all what we heard about was Nokia X aka Normandy Android device, but Nokia has surprised everyone with trio of Android smartphones ranging from low to mid-end. The smartphones include Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, indicating its size and specs under the hood. All models are coming with complete Android application support as well as special Nokia experiences offering wide range of popular Microsoft services.
There is only slight difference between Nokia X and Nokia X+. Both smartphone will come in variety of colors and has taken the design cue of its flagship Lumia devices that many Android fans would love to have one.Even the UI is exactly like Microsoft Windows Phone with live and resizable tiles making the Nokia Android devices stand out from the crowd.
In terms of specs, Both Nokia X and X+ are powered by dual-core 1GHz 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and sports a 4″ IPS capacitive display, a 3MP rear camera a 4GB of storage expandable storage via microSD slot. The only difference between Nokia X and X+ is the RAM, Nokia X comes with 512MB RAM while the Nokia X+ with 768 MB along with 4GB microSD card. he Nokia X measures in at 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm and 128.66g. Both Nokia X and X+ smartphones will be available soon in growth markets for a price of 89 and 99 euros respectively.
On the other hand, the Nokia XL is exactly what the name suggests largest of three and boasts a modest specs and the same Lumia-like design. The smartphone powered by a Qualcomm dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz and 768MB of RAM sports a a 5-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 32GB of storage via microSD, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front camera. Nokia XL users will also get 10GB of free storage to the OneDrive cloud service. The Nokia XL is priced at an affordable €109 and release date is somewhere in Q2 2014.
What makes the Nokia’s Android device different from others is its OS with customized UI while still giving users access to Android experience. Nokia uses AOSP Android 4.1.2 for its devices. You can’t certainly get Google Play and Google maps, instead Nokia has added HERE Maps for navigation, Mix Radio, Skype, Outlook, and OneDrive with the same 7GB of storage.
H0mescreen of the device is exactly like Windows Phone with resizable tiles and widgets and the OS comes with folder support, and a pull-down notification bar having shortcuts to connectivity settings like Bluetooth and WiFi.
The software has also included several third party app store apart from the Nokia Store such as like Amazon’s, Yandex’s, and others where you can download available Android apps. And developing apps for Nokia devices will be pretty easy as all of the existing Android developer tools are supported, moreover, Nokia offers a simple plugin to enable its new APIs, which can co-exist with the Google versions.
Even though Nokia’s Android devices are for global markets first countries to get the device will be India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, and Poland. Unfortunately Nokia has no plans to bring the devices to US, Japan, or Korea, indicating Nokia is into regaining its lost glory in the emerging markets like India and Russia where Nokia has lost a huge market share in favor of Android devices from companies like Samsung and others.