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Nokia Makes X Line of Android Smartphones Official

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Nokia has gone Android, sort of

After countless leaks, rumors and speculations, Nokia has finally unveiled their X line of Android smartphones. The three new phones – the Nokia X, X+ and XL – are all aimed at capturing the mid to lower end of the market, a market segment that has been traditionally dominated by low cost Android devices.

Nokia X specs

  • 1Ghz 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch IPS LCD display, 800 x 480 pixels
  • 3-megapixel fixed focus camera
  • 3G, HSPA
  • Dual-SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth

Nokia X+ specs

  • 1Ghz 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB, comes with free 4GB card
  • 4-inch IPS LCD display, 800 x 480 pixels
  • 3-megapixel fixed focus camera
  • 3G, HSPA
  • Dual-SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth

Nokia XL specs

  • 1Ghz 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB, comes with free 4GB card
  • 5-inch IPS LCD display, 800 x 480 pixels
  • 5-megapixel fixed focus camera
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, HSPA
  • Dual-SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth

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But don’t think Nokia has gone full on ‘droid – far from it. These smartphones run the barest version of Android, and is unrecognizable from the one that inhabits most smartphones today. Nokia has shut off all access to Google’s services and the app store, which means that you’ll have to contend with Nokia’s curated app store instead. Of course, there’s a workaround with that – you can still sideload APK files into all three Nokia X devices if you prefer.

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All three devices use a 1GHz 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Nokia X has 512MB of RAM, while the X+ and XL have a smidge more, at 768MB. Both the Nokia X and the Nokia X+ use a 4-inch, 480 x 800-pixel capacitive IPS LCD touchscreen and a fixed focus 3-megapixel camera, and neither will have a secondary camera. The XL has it a little better – it boasts a 5-inch, 800 x 480 resolution display, a 5-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front camera.

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It’s clear that Nokia’s trying to recapture the low end market with their three new devices. All three have ultra-affordable pricetags – the Nokia X is slated to retail for only 89 euros or about Php 5456 before taxes, the Nokia X+ 99 euros or around Php 6069 before taxes and the XL going for 109 euros or Php 6682 without taxes. Nokia says that they should be available to buy right now, so we’ll be asking local Nokia reps when these will show up in our part of the world, and more importantly, how much they will cost.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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13 Comments

  1. I’m personally disappointed in these. From the leaks that indicated at least a KitKat flavor of the AOSP base and a Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, we end up with the Nokia X Software Platform based on 4.1.2. and a ridiculously outdated Snapdragon 200 Cortex-A5 dual-core chipset with Adreno 203 GPU that will guzzle battery faster than Nokia can say “Lumia 521”.

    Sayang, sayang talaga. Hindi man lang 1GB RAM sa Nokia XL.

  2. isipin nyo nalang cherry mobile flare ang laman loob tapos tatak nokia at halos double ang presyo, lol… MSM8225? adreno 203? hahahaha… so funny nokia, so funny mga gago… LOL

    1. 1)Nokia is nokia. Magtanong ka sa kalsada nokia o cherry mobile mo, tignan mo na lang ang resulta.

      2)May mga 3310 na gumagana pa hanggang ngayon. Hindi exaggerated yan. Pero may mga flare na 1 araw lang, pila na sa service center.

      3)Target ng nokia emerging market. So di nila ineexpect na power user/graphic-intensive user ang gagamit ng phone na to. Kung gusto mo ng malupet na specs, edi taasan mo budget mo. Hindi ung budget mo pang-turo turo pero first class service ang ineexpect mo. gag0 ka kung ganun.

      4) Isipin mo na lang tao ang labas, utak ipis ang nasa loob. Ganun ka.

      Sa liit ng budget mageexpect ng flagship level na specs. bug0k.

      1. o kaya huawei 3c pag naging available dito… 6-7k? bili ka nalang ng samsung, alcatel, lenovo, etc. na mas bago yung hardware.

        hindi porket nokia ok lang, mas gago ka kung utak mo, bugok na bugok ka, shet! minsan magisip bago mag type.

    2. 1. wala kang pera troller ka kumbaga
      2. wala kang pambili alam ko snap palang sakit na sa bulsa alam ko yan
      3. road-side-stambay ka alam ko again wala ka pambili.
      4. squatter ka!

      1. eto ang tipong sagot sa mga taong walang utak… outdated specs from 3 years ago pero ok lang kase nokia… ULOL!

  3. I think the Nokia X Family targets young consumers who do basic social networking activities on Facebook and Twitter, microblogging on Tumblr, photo-sharing on Instagram, etc. No wonder why Asha and X Family have eye-catching colored polycarbonate body plus it’s durable and not that expensive compared to Lumia phones. As of now, I’m using an Asha phone and I don’t have problems with it. I’m a college student and most of my classmates use Android phones while some have iPhones. My friends always notice my phone and tell that its so cute. Aside from that, I’m happy that my phone can provide my communication needs. I can also listen to music for more than 16 hours. I’ve used Samsung and LG phones before but I’m happier when I switched to Nokia. Being basic and simple is not that bad. Most Filipinos are addicted to social networking and I feel bad for our country because face-to-face communication is losing its value. Nokia helped me to recover and I learned the value of ‘connecting people’ not just in the online world but also in real life.

    When I watched the #MWC2014 livestream of Nokia, I got excited about Nokia X. I’m using my Asha phone for almost one year and I can’t wait to replace it with Nokia X which has bigger screen, faster processing speed, better camera quality and more apps. I also look forward to the Microsoft services that it can provide such as OneDrive, Outlook and Bing search because I’m using such services since last year through my laptop.

    Some people should stop bashing Nokia X it has its own target consumers and if it can’t provide their needs, they probably fit into another consumer category. You can always switch to Lumia, or you can also try other smartphone brand such as Samsung, LG, etc.

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