Although its late, Nokia announced its much-awaited affordable Android smartphones Nokia X, X+ and XL. These phones will be powered by forked version of Android extracted by the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), so there will be no Google included anywhere in the software.
Nokia hinted about the unveiling of 3 new smartphones at the MWC event in a press invitation sent in January 2014. Unsurprisingly, Nokia forked every corner of the Android and removed every trace of Google and its services from the OS, as done by the Amazon in their Fire OS.
As expected, the Microsoft owned Nokia (the deal is not completed yet) uses the X series of Android phones to feature Microsoft’s suite of online apps expect the Windows App Store.
Nokia X is an entry-level Android smartphone for just 89 Euros (under $125 in USD) with 4-inch WVGA display screen of 800 x 480 resolution, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, 3MP rear camera, dual-SIM support, 1,500mAh battery and 3G as the greatest network speed.
The second device, Nokia X+ is slightly a higher model than the first phone, with 768MB of RAM, free 4GB micro SD card and a 99 Euros price tag (10 Euros more than Nokia X), which comes around $135 in USD. Rest of the specifications are as same as the first model. We expected at least 8GB of internal storage space in the X+.
The third and the final model of the family, Nokia XL is a large 5-inch device with WVGA screen with the same 800 x 400 resolution. The device has the same specs sheet from the X and X+ but with a 5MP rear camera along with the LED flash, a 2MP front camera, 2,000mAh battery and the free 4GB micro SD card. It will be coming with the 768MB of RAM as comes with the Nokia X+. Nokia added 20 Euros more to the price tag and it will be available for 109 Euros (Under $150 in USD).
As we have seen in the leaked specs and rumors, the Nokia X series will not be coming with Google Play Store, instead the company added Nokia Store for apps. The user interface is also resembles the Microsoft Windows Phone tiles, where the popular Skype video calling app (for Nokia XL) and the Plants vs. Zombies 2 game is already available for the smartphones.
The first model will be available immediately, while the X+ and XL will be available in early Q2 2014 (around April 2014) in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa.
We have also learned that users can sideload any Android apps on Nokia X, X+ and XL via “Unknown Sources.” Just go through the following Hands-on video published by Nokia for more detailed info:
[ Source: Nokia Conversations ]