February 24, 2014 3:56am
Nokia’s entry into the Android space was known for months, but this was only rumoured to be one device. At Mobile World Congress today, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (fellow Canadian), surprised the masses and showcased three Nokia Android-powered devices: Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.
As expected, all the devices will run a customized version of Android, built on AOSP and cuts out any Google services, and features a similar tile-based Home screen that appears on Windows Phone. All three of them will have a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, dual SIM, microSD support and 1500mAh battery.
The Nokia X sports a 4-inch IPS LCD display (800 x 480), 512MB RAM, 3MP camera and will be available in green, black, white, yellow, cyan and red. Overall dimensions are 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm with a weight of 128.66 grams. The Nokia X+ is similar to the X, but brings the memory up a notch and offers 768MB RAM and a 4GB MicroSD card in the box. Finally, the Nokia XL has a larger 5-inch display (800 x 480) and has 768MB RAM, plus gets a bump up in camera specs with a 5MP rear-facing and a the only one that has a front-facing 2MP camera.
The Nokia X devices will have access to its own suite of app from the “Nokia Store” and come pre-loaded with HERE Drive, MixRadio, BBM, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Viber, Vine and Twitter, plus a bevy of Microsoft services such as Skype, OneDrive, and Outlook.com. Microsoft will also be offering up 10GB of OneDrive storage and 1-month of free Skype calls. Elop noted that “Nokia X together with Lumia represents a deliberate strategy to leverage Microsoft services,” and not Google’s.
Nokia X can be purchased now in Asia Pacific, Europe, india, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa for €89 ($136 CDN). The Nokia X+ and XL will be launching sometime in Q2 for €99 and €109 ($151 and $167 CDN). As for availability, Elop noted that all these will be available ‘globally,’ but no specific word on Canada.
On the company blog, Nokia stated that these are “the first three phones in the family,” which hints that they are committed to this lineup and will launch additional Android devices in the future.