Nokia has officially confirmed it is to launch a series of Android phones at the Mobile World Congress out in Barcelona.
The X Series comprises the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and they are priced relatively low as an assault on the ‘affordable’ smartphone market. To show their Microsoft-owned pedigree, the X Series also comes with some of their services built-in, including Skype, OneDrive and outlook.com.
The Nokia X family has a tile-based user interface inspired by the (Windows) Lumia family but will run a (heavily modified) version of Android. All will come with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their most used apps more smoothly.
A number of Nokia made apps can also be side-loaded but you’ll get access to Nokia Maps and Nokia MixRadio out of the box.
Depending on where you live, a month’s worth of Skype's Unlimited World Subscription will also be bundled.
The Nokia X, comes with a 4-inch IPS display and a 3MP camera. The Nokia X+ has the same screen but increased RAM (768MB vs 512MB), whilst the XL has a 5-inch display and a 5MP rear-facing, autofocus camera with flash as well as a 2MP front-facer.
The Nokia XL will be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white and the entire Nokia X family is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 processor.
The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at EUR 89 for the X, 99 Euro for the X+ and the XL has a recommended retail price of 109 Euro, so they’re not going to break the bank.
Will these new phones catapult Nokia back in to the big time? They certainly shouldn’t do them any harm...
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