Just before the acquisition by Microsoft was made official, Nokia stepped a foot in to the running waters of Android with the Nokia X range of devices. The devices were shown off at the Mobile World Congress and since then have gone on sale in several parts of the world. However, once the deal with Microsoft was concluded, not many of us had expected Nokia to follow up with the first range of devices that included the Nokia X, X+ and the XL.
As surprising as it may be, but Nokia has released a successor to the Nokia X which definitely did not tickle the fancy of too many Android lovers. The Nokia X2, on paper looks a vastly improved version of the Nokia X. The device features a larger 4.3 inch display with a clear black technology with a resolution of 800×480 giving it a PPI of 217. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 200 SoC with a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Core and 1 GB of RAM. The rear camera on the device has been upgraded to a 5 MP shooter and a front facing camera for Skype calls has been duly added.
Just under the screen, Nokia or Microsoft, whoever you wish to think, has added a dedicated home button as well as a back button. Long pressing the back button takes you to the multitasking view which is very similar to what we have seen on Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Swiping to the right from the desktop on your phone takes you to the fastlane, while swiping to the left now takes you to the new app drawer, which once again, is very similar to the way the app drawer is designed on WP 8.1. Swiping from top to down opens a list of most used toggles such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual SIM settings etc. You can also view your notifications from the apps right here.
There are obvious performance improvements in the device, though there are no Google Apps, still. The phone will have an 1800 mAh battery and will be available in several colors including black, white, yellow and orange. The phone weighs around 150 grams and has a glossier finish than the Nokia X devices. Nokia is expected to roll the software of the X2 on the X in the form of an OS update, though no date has been mentioned yet. The device will sell for 99 Euros without taxes and is available in parts of Europe already.