“It’s familiar but oddly very different” reads the headlines on one of the leading tech blogs after Nokia unveiled what was the worst kept secret perhaps in the recent tech history. Yes, Nokia finally unveiled three devices all of which run a forked or custom Android on it. While the world had expected just one Android device, dare we say Nokia tripled the joy of it’s fans by announcing three phones in the Nokia X family which run AOSP.
The devices will focus on the emerging markets which reflects in it’s specs. The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, while the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be available in Q2. The Nokia X phones are in a way a hybrid of Asha, Lumia and Symbian devices. Stephen Elop also categorically mentioned that these devices will always be priced one category lower than the Lumia devices. Unlike any other Android phone, the Nokia X series does not come with Google Play Store though it runs Android apps. There are other stores such as proprietary Nokia Store, Yandex or even Amazon appstore for you to pick your favorite Android apps from.
The Nokia X will retail for 89 Euros, the Nokia X+ will cost you 99 Euros while the Nokia XL will hit your wallet by 109 Euros
The first phone in the family is the Nokia X which has a 4 inch display with WVGA resolution. It runs a heavily customised Android version 4.1. There is 512 MB RAM on board and 4 GB ROM though, expansion via Micro SD is possible. The device has a fixed focus 3 MP rear camera and no front facing camera. The phone will come with services such as OneDrive, Skype etc in built and also brings Fast lane, a quick way to view your notifications and apps from the Asha device.
The other two phones announced were the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL which are basically small upgrades on the Nokia X. The Nokia X+ is the same device as the Nokia X but with 768 MB RAM and comes with a bundled 4 GB Micro SD card. The Nokia XL on the other hand is a slightly bigger device with a 5 inch display and a 5 MP rear camera and a front facing camera too. The device is powered by a 2000 mAh battery. The UI of the phone, at least on videos looked pretty slick and heavily inspired from the Lumia line. You have similar tile like experience and there is no particular app drawer.
All the three devices are dual SIM supported and have 3G connectivity while using Micro SIMs.