Nokia X2 will land in the UK sometime in July
It was only a few months ago that Nokia unveiled the ‘X’ line, a range of entry level Android handsets skinned to look a lot like Windows Phone and reliant on Microsoft services rather than Google ones. It was a surprising move from a company that had committed so heavily to Windows Phone but it sold well in developing markets so perhaps it’s no surprise that a successor is on the way.
The Nokia X2 is notable for being the first and only Android powered Microsoft phone, since it was created after Microsoft bought Nokia. It’s also notable for hopefully being a decent improvement over the Nokia X.
The biggest change is arguably the addition of a home button, as the original X inexplicably lacked one. The X2 is also slightly more powerful, thanks to a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor and 1GB of RAM. That still makes it distinctly entry-level, but it should have better performance than the X.
Other specs include a 4.3 inch 480 x 800 IPS LCD ClearBlack display with a pixel density of 217 pixels per inch, a 5 megapixel main camera, a VGA front-facing camera and an 1800 mAh battery, which can last for up to 13 hours of talk time or 23 days of standby time.
It runs Android 4.3 but not as you likely know it, as it’s heavily skinned to look and feel more like a Lumia device, with operation split between a home screen with resizable tiles, a Fastlane screen which provides access to recently used apps and upcoming calendar items and an apps list, from which apps can be launched or pinned to the home screen.
The Nokia X2 is launching in glossy orange, black and green, while glossy yellow, white and matte dark grey will be arriving later. The phone is priced at 99 Euros (roughly £79) and while there’s no word on if or when it will come to the UK it’s rolling out globally from July.
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