We’ve seen Nokia finally unveil its much rumored Android devices at the 2014 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona – the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. Now, at a special event, the device has been announced for Indian customers with a MRP of INR 8990 and a best price of 8599 rupees (around $140). The Nokia X+ and XL are said to get launched later on, with the closest date of release being next month.
The smartphone comes with a 4-inch touch screen display at a 800 x 480 pixels resolution, powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 play processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of Internal storage expandable with micro SD expansion up to 32 GB and a 3-megapixel rear camera. For those who are not aware of this yet, the device doesn’t run on clean Vanilla Android, but on the Nokia X software version 1.0 based on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
Since this is a low-end device meant for emerging markets, it also comes with dual SIM, which is a feature OEMs usually use to “cover” up for lacks in more impressive specs. However, the device isn’t that bulky, weighing 128.6 g. The device also comes with FM Radio, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,Bluetooth 3.0, aGPS and a 1500 mAh battery. It will be available in black, white, cyan, red, yellow and green colors.
On the software side, the smartphone comes with the tile-based Home screen, a redesigned Fastlane notifications center and the Nokia Store that you can use to download Android apps. Some popular apps and games come preloaded, such as Facebook, Line, Picsart, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Real Football 2014, Skype, Spotify, Swiftkey, Twitter, Viber, Vine, WeChat, TrueCaller and others. To show that Nokia X isn’t completely “in love” with Android, you won’t be able to officially access Google services or apps, but since it allows sideloading of Android apps, it shouldn’t be that hard to do it.
To make the acquisition of such a device even sweet, Nokia is also bundling 1 month of free Skype calling and 10GB of free OneDrive storage. If this dual-forked smartphone seems interesting to you, then you probably check out its pros and cons and also have a look at our own hands-on from the MWC event with the Nokia XL to know more about the series.