It’s finally official. Nokia today announced its range of Android powered smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 which is being held at Barcelona. There was a lot of speculations about an Android powered Nokia device in the making. However, Microsoft’s intended acquisition of the Finnish company seemed to put a cloud over those reports. But Nokia today finally put to rest the rumors by unveiling three Android phones: the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.
The Nokia X and X+ can be considered in the low-range category of smartphones with both having almost similar features: 4″ WVGA (800×480) display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4 GB internal storage with expandable memory card slot, 3 MP rear camera, 1500 mAh battery and dual SIM card slots. The only difference between the two is with respect to the RAM – the X has 512 MB whereas the X+ has 768 MB. The Nokia XL on the other hand has a larger 5″ WVGA (800×480) display, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front facing camera, 768 MB RAM and a 2000 mAh battery. Rest of the features remain the same as the X and the X+.
All the devices will run on an AOSP based build of Android without any of the Google services. Thus, you won’t find the usual Google Maps or Gmail apps in the phones, nor would you have access to the Play Store. Instead, Nokia will use its HERE Maps, Microsoft’s Outlook.com, Skype, OneDrive as their replacement and other Android apps can be sideloaded via any third-party source.
The Nokia X will cost around $120 and will be available immediately. The Nokia X+ will cost around $139 whereas the Nokia XL will cost around $149. Both will be out during Q2. Both the Nokia X and Nokia X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white. The Nokia XL will be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white.