After numerous leaks that unofficially revealed many details about Nokia’s first Android handset, the company has finally unveiled its first ever Android handsets. Nokia early on Monday announced the Nokia X smartphone and its Nokia X+ and Nokia XL brothers, although they’re not the regular Android devices users would expect. Instead, we’re looking at a forked Android operating system here, which lacks certain parts, and visually resembles Windows Phone.
When it comes to hardware, the phones will not impress buyers looking for flagship devices. The Nokia X has a 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 resolution,) 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, 5-megapixel camera, 1500mAh battery and Android OS with a Metro-like user interface on top of it. The Nokia X+ will have extra memory and storage. The Nokia XL has a bigger 5-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The phones will come with Nokia’s own collection of apps to replace Google’s default apps that are regularly found on Android devices, including various Microsoft applications, and will offer users access to Nokia’s own Android store, as well other third-party app stores including Yandex. Microsoft will even provide free bonuses to buyers including one month free calls Skype, and 1GB of OneDrive storage.
The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be available in a variety of colors, and will launch in various markets starting right now (the Nokia X) or in the second quarter (the Nokia X+). The Nokia X will cost €89, the Nokia X+ will cost €99, while the Nokia XL will be the most expensive device of the company’s Android family at €109.
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