Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL all get official running Android
In a shocking move, Nokia announced three Android-powered smartphones today. Shocking it would have been, had details about at least one of these not leaked extensively over the past few weeks. Still, the Nokia X could have been just an internal test, something that would never see the light of day – especially in light of Microsoft’s pending acquisition of the Finnish company.
But no, the Nokia X is real. And so are the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL, and they’ve all been made official by Stephen Elop himself. These do run Android, mind you, but Google services are nowhere to be seen. Instead, Nokia’s transplanted a few Microsoft offerings to fill the gaps. The three devices also ship with a heavily customized Nokia-specific launcher, that looks like a cross between the live tile heavy Windows Phone 8 home screen and the ‘Swipe’ navigation paradigm introduced a while back in the company’s Asha line of low-end phones.
The X line is meant to sit in Nokia’s portfolio in between the Ashas and the Lumias, the latter still being the flagship offerings. Whether it will have a future or not after Microsoft closes the Nokia buy remains to be seen – there’s a good chance these three will be the only Nokia-made Android handsets ever released.
The Nokia X is the entry-level offering, so to speak, coming with a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 3 MP fixed focus rear camera, a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8225), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, dual-SIM functionality, 3G and a 1,500 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 115.5x63x10.4 mm, and it weighs 128.66 grams.
The Nokia X+ is essentially the same device, but with RAM bumped up to 768 MB, and a 4 GB microSD card included in the box.
The Nokia XL has a 5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, and in all other respects is identical to the X+. Its dimensions are 141.3×77.7×10.8 mm, and it weighs a whopping 190 grams. Fun fact: this makes the XL almost as wide as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (which comes with a 5.7-inch touchscreen), and a lot heavier than that.
Recommended retail pricing, before taxes and subsidies, is as follows: €89 for the Nokia X, €99 for the Nokia X+, and €109 for the Nokia XL. The X will be out “immediately” in Asia Pacific, Europe, india, Latin America, the Middle-East, and Africa – in green, black, white, yellow, cyan, and red. The X+ and XL will become available sometime during the second quarter of this year (so in April at the earliest, June at the latest). The X+ will have the same color versions as the X, while the XL will come in green, black, white, yellow, cyan, and bright orange.
Since Nokia decided to do its own thing with Android, using a forked version based on 4.1.2, there will be a Nokia Store preinstalled and handling all your app needs – once again, don’t expect any Google stuff on these handsets, no Gmail, no Play Store, no nothing. Nokia’s simply taken the bits in the Android Open Source Project and made them fit its vision of smartphones that are cheaper than similarly specced Windows Phones.