The three new Nokia X series of Smartphones were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new family of smartphones running the Android-based Nokia X Software Platform, the platform operated by Microsoft arch-nemesis Google.
BARCELONA, Spain — Nokia announced a new family of smartphones, the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL. The Nokia X is a midrange in the series of Asha and Lumia. The Nokia X series smartphones built upon the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This is a forked version of Android, similar to the way Amazon does for its Kindle Fire lineup.
Nokia’s outgoing CEO Stephen Elop said, “The homescreen is tile-based, so it’s similar to a [Windows Phone-based] Lumia. It incorporates some elements of that — some limited live information into the tiles. We’ve also put in Nokia and Microsoft services.”
Stephen Elop also said, “The sub-$100 price range is a massive opportunity for us,” describing the range as a “different but complementary opportunity to introduce a new family that strengthens our affordable [devices] family”.
Nokia X, X+, XL Specifications
Nokia X has a 4-inch display, 512MB RAM, and is powered by 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Nokia X+ also has a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The Nokia X and X+ both have identical 4GB internal storage, with expandable support up to 32GB via microSD card, and are powered by a 1500mAh battery. However, Nokia X+ comes with 768MB RAM. The Nokia X and X+ both have 3MP rear camera, but no front-facing camera.
The XL has a 5-inch WVGA display, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. They will all be available in a bunch of eye-arresting colours (including bright green, red and yellow), dual-SIM.
Pricing, Availability, and Outlook
The Nokia is on sale immediately for €89 ($122). The Nokia X+ will cost €99 ($136) and the larger Nokia XL will cost €109 ($149) going on sale in early March.