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Nokia unveils the Android-powered Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL

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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.

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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.

Source: Nokia

  • Khristopher Ranger

    Great phone for an average person, but the power user they suggest for the X+ model is not really for a power user at all.
    The two things that would really stop me from getting one of these phones is the battery and the camera. A 1500 mah using a 5 inch screen will die fast.

    • Sweet

      Not to mention a 800×480 resolution on a 5-inch display.

  • Phil Rod

    You know…. they are very sexy beasts (well…. more like Kittens, spec wise, but a fierce kitten!) Anyway, good looking phone, but I have always liked the windows phone design… maybe this phone will be a bridge for me to try a real windows phone…. Coming from an Xperia SP user (by the way, this phone is incredible, no lag whatsoever and beautiful display…)

  • GordonGartrell

    Too bad that they’re so underpowered. The prices are good though.

  • Mike Newman

    I wonder if we’ll be able to rip the APK for HERE Drive and install it on other devices.

    • stent00

      THis is the smartest thing I have heard in the comments today! Id love that app too!

  • Zee

    768MB RAM? They couldn’t splurge and hit the 1024MB mark?

    • stent00

      Funny. My almost 3 year old HTC sensation has 768 MB of RAM. Seems like they should have splurged a little more.

  • Grizzly Beard

    Dear Nokia,
    Please stop making devices that suck. You used to be a major player and over the last 6 years you have been insignificant. I was excited to hear that you were making an Android device…Then you drop the specs of the phone’s…Disappointed…Again. I can see job layoffs and customer complaints coming very soon.

  • Darren Lelievre

    So basically Nokia made a Android powered Windows Phone ? Android without google just seems stupid to me.

  • TP

    1. no Google Play
    2. 512-768MB RAM
    3. 480×800

    Get a like-new Galaxy Nexus for $150 and battery for $10 if you really want a cheap phone or a backup phone. It is pentaband too.
    This may be good for emerging markets, but it has no chance in Canada.

    • mamemame187

      That’s why it’s not coming to Canada officially. No one here uses dual-SIM, so it’s not like it would sell much and would leave people asking ‘wtf is dual-sim’

  • DubbingHammer

    I can only assume they purposely design the interface to resemble the Windows phone 8. It is rather smart move on Nokia to familiarize users on GUI rather than focusing heavily on type of mobile OS the phone uses.

  • Nachotech

    I understand these are budget phones, and keeping costs down are a major factor, but 512MB of RAM? They’ll only be useful for very light web browsing and playing older games. Although for 136 bucks, I it’s not that bad of a deal for an entry level phone. These are basically the same specs phones had 3-4 years ago.

  • Mäuri Freitas

    good, hope it makes lagdroid users stop whining about nokia having an android phone

  • FlamesFan89

    When I first read the article, this move from Nokia had a smell to it. It instantly reminded me of Dell’s supposed attempt to sell Linux powered computers, where they buried them on the website, made them of low end specs, and then threw up their hands and said, no one wants them, all the while, collecting subsidy cheques from Microsoft to push Windows based machines. This has that same sort of smell to it.

    I would not be shocked to see after a year or so, Microsoft trying to come out and say Nokia made you a great Android phone, and they didn’t sell, it must be because Android is terrible. And try to pin the blame on Android as a marketing ploy.

    • AlphaEdge

      But no one is going to care what MS claims, when Android has 80 percent of the world wide market, and tons of great phones.

    • FlamesFan89

      When have facts like that stopped Microsoft from spreading lies in the past? ;)

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      I wouldn’t be surprised if ms keeps this tactic going. Sounds to me like they could have a better WP experience by using an Android operating system instead….basically turning their own platform into nothing more than just a user interface/skin. If they make these phones cheap enough, they might do alright since it is in fact running Android – all it would take is some work on behalf of the consumer to dump whatever ms bloat they can and sideload all the Google goodness they can to make it a proper android experience.

  • Harrison

    The problem here isn’t the hardware. Nokia has bailed on Windows Phone due to lack of App support. So what do they do?! Lock down Android so that most of the apps out there are unavailable or non-functional, not allowing users to tap into the existing app ecosystem that they were also missing with Windows Phone. WTF Nokia, you’ve just swapped OSs, and done nothing but increase your support and licensing costs with absolutely no significant improvement in app availability that you needed.

  • Lyndon Boychuk

    Now I guess Google needs to start making windows phones, and then deliberately keep all of ms’s best features off of it eh? Then again….Google isn’t desperate either.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      How were they desperate? Android wasn’t created by Google, and it was originally meant for cameras. Maybe try reminding ms of that with their ‘android licensing fees’. ;-) (and did Nokia get away from having to pay this bully tax?)

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      What part of the free and open source linux does ms think they own anyway? Interesting how the terms of the ‘android license’ aren’t publicly known. Bottom line is windows phone sucks…even ms knows this because very few people want their products. All in all….I’m happy android is kicking arse….knew this would happen years ago.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      That is an interesting question indeed Mike. Interesting how the I.P. in question is garnering more success for Google rather than for those who ‘claimed’ to have invented it. It is well known that the success of Android is nothing but a cash cow for ms when they successfully blackmail OEM’s into paying their ‘bully tax’…not many OEM’s are hyped about what ms has to offer and would rather pay this bully tax and use Android rather than adopt the WP platform. In my opinion the biggest problem is the patent office and how it revolves around in many ways vague and poorly worded patents with little to no substantial prior art. The word patent has almost become synonymous with rectangles and rounded corners.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      No not at all…definitely protect your ‘property’ if it is in fact yours. But just having an idea without actual proof of concept in the form of an actual working prototype or service shouldn’t make it yours just because you have a vivid imagination. The patent system is a farse. “It not and its illegal for companies to licences patents.”….??? Didn’t you just contradict yourself with your last comment?

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      No worries bud. But I sure would like to know what these particular patents are that ms is claiming Android infringes on and why they are such a big secret.

  • Davan Mills

    There are folks out there who have grown accustomed to seeing 2-3 GB of RAM, 1080p or higher screen resolution, and similar goodies. Judging by those standards, it’s easy to dismiss these Nokia devices. However, specs are only part of the equation.
    Nokia says it’s building its own version of Android, skipping Google services entirely. If this OS runs efficiently while remaining powerful (no useless skins or resource-hogging widgets, etc.) then the overall smartphone experience can still be there. Think about Windows. It lists 1 GB RAM minimum to install, but oftentimes if you have 4 GB, and a crapload of bloatware that runs at startup, it runs much, much poorer than, say, openSUSE, with just 512 MB. Software that leverages all of the available hardware in a logical manner is just as important as the specs on paper.
    I’ll have to play with one of these Nokia devices, but for now I’m not ready to denounce them.

  • daftchemist

    Only 768MG ram? I hope that can keep up. Guess we’ll see how it handles itself. Give me an android version of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and I will buy it in an instant.

  • Jérémy Letendre-Côté

    For $150.00 I think the MOTO G is still a better deal than the Nokia X+ and XL

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Yes…and you get a proper Android/Google experience right out of the box.

  • hardy83

    Good devices for their price point…It’s just really odd that they even bothered with Android when they cut out all Google services.
    They should’ve just stuck with Windows OS.
    Such a weird choice.

  • atat

    Been looking for a smaller Android; I like the size of the X+. Maybe someone will figure a way to replace the OS with a stock KitKat?

  • steven_bauman_7

    These look like terrible phones.

  • Garrett Cooper

    The only good thing about this is Noxia is now in the Android game. Now make me a PureView beast with a massive battery or GTFO!

  • Cao Sang

    Is Here drive app available on NOKIA X?

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