The Nokia X, and its brothers, the X+ and the XL, was unveiled at the MWC. The three decidedly low range phones run Android, but not the one you are used to.
The devices run the “Nokia X Software Platform,” a forked version of Android 4.1 Jellybean ( similar to what Amazon did with it’s Kindle). The Nokia X Software Platform is what Nokia calls its Android-based OS. It makes use of Android’s 4.1 open source code as its base, making it possible to run Android apps.
Made for emerging markets, the trio have very low-end specs for a 2014 phone, no access to Google apps (armed instead with Microsoft services counterparts), and have a Windows Phone like interface. For apps, you can head on to Nokia’s store, instead of Google Play.
The Nokia X comes with a 4 inch screen (800×480), a 1 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor, 4GB of storage (+microSD) and 512MB of RAM. The X+ has almost identical specs with the X, except it comes with an additional 258MB of RAM (for a total of 768MB) and a 4GB microSD card already installed. Finally, the XL has a larger, 5-inch screen, 768MB of RAM and features a 5MP rear cam with LED flash and a 2 MP front cam.
To make things clear, these “Android” phones are not what you’re used to, if coming from, say a Samsung or a Sony. So you may be surprised if you choose to buy one.
All three’s design looks similar to Nokia’s Asha line, featuring clean lines and removable back covers coming in various colors. The Nokia X cost 89 euros (around PhP5,500), the X+ cost 99 euros (a little over PhP6,000), and the XL costs (around PhP6,700). No word on availability yet.