Microsoft launches a new Android handset, the Nokia X2

Not all that long ago, when Nokia was developing its first MeeGo smartphone, there were those who believed that the company would never embrace Android. That possibility seemed even less likely after Nokia launched its first Windows Phone, and yet that's exactly what happened with the launch four months ago of the Nokia X, X+ and the larger XL.

After Microsoft took over the Nokia devices business, some insisted that there wasn't a snowball's chance in hell that the company would launch another Android handset. But today, Microsoft proved the doubters wrong by launching the Nokia X2, another component in its grand plan to get its apps and services into the hands of as many users as it possibly can. 

Much about the X2 is familiar at first glance, but there are many key differences between it and the original Nokia X. The screen is bigger than the X, for a start, growing from 4- to 4.3-inches, although the WVGA (800x480px) resolution is unchanged. The X2 also gets a bump in RAM, up from 512MB to 1GB, along with a faster 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, as well as dual-SIM capabilities.

Improvements have been made to the camera as well; where the X made do with just a 3MP rear camera, the X2 has a 5MP shooter - including LED flash - as well as a VGA front-facing camera for video calls and selfies. 

As previously rumoured, the X2 gets a new dedicated home button, answering criticisms about the difficulty of navigating through the user interface with only the back button that featured on the X. The X2 also gets 'Inner Glow' bodywork, similar in style to the glossy covers of Nokia's Lumia 635, and the earlier Lumia 620.

As you would expect, the Nokia X2 will continue to undercut the price of the company's newest entry-level Windows Phones. While the 3G-only Lumia 630 is on sale now in Europe for around €119 EUR (around $162 USD / £95 GBP), the X2 goes on sale today "in select countries globally" priced at €99 ($135 / £79) before taxes and subsidies (exact local pricing will vary by market).

Green, orange and black models will be first to launch, with white and matte dark grey coming later. 

Source: Nokia Conversations

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Seeing how quick this came after the original X I'd say it was done/in testing from Nokia and heck, doesn't seem like MS is going to kill these, at least not flat out. Probably the last batch you see. This plus the 63x and 930 are still mostly what Nokia had going pre-MS takeover so we're still not seeing the new stuff that's from MS Mobile yet.

My biggest complaint about these phones is that the UI looks enough like Windows Phone that people will get confused. Meaning, this UI looks cheap compared to the real Windows Phone UI, but most consumers won't know the difference. Microsoft should just make the UI look as much like Windows Phone as they possibly can... so it doesn't cheapen the brand. This UI looks like a bad knockoff.

Edited by cybersaurusrex, Jun 24 2014, 10:12am :

cybersaurusrex said,
My biggest complaint about these phones is that the UI looks enough like Windows Phone that people will get confused. Meaning, this UI looks cheap compared to the real Windows Phone UI, but most consumers won't know the difference. Microsoft should just make the UI look as much like Windows Phone as they possibly can... so it doesn't cheapen the brand. This UI looks like a bad knockoff.
I personally think these have the sexiest Android skin there is. You contradict yourself by saying that you believe they are "confusing users" but that you think they should make their Android devices look just like their WPs... then what? Then we have TRULY confused users because their shiny new X2 isn't exactly like their old 620 like they thought it would be by appearance.

68k said,
Wow, a back AND home key... Just pre-ordered one. /s

White text on a black background :x

Nokia, I mean, Microsoft seems to have taken the reviews, specially the Techspot one, very seriously as most of the lame areas have been improved..

Home Button is there now
Camera with flash and ohh yes, that auto focus thingy.. Also that front cam is there..
Relatively uptodate processor since they (TechSpot) cried a lot over the performance..
RAM has been bumped to 1GB..

I think this should have been launched at the first go it self :p

eddman said,
On what phone have you seen black text on white background? I'm curious.
Did you watch the video above?

Take the calender for example:
iOS 7 - good:
http://cdn1.appleinsider.com/13.06.17-Calendar-2.jpg
Android - better/best:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/w...4x-hd-software-calendar.jpg
Windows Phone 8.1 - well, I'll let you decide:
http://conversations.nokia.com...8.1-calendar_month-view.jpg
(seriously Microsoft... - yes, I know you can change it to black text on a white background, but it would still look rather bland.)

Edited by 68k, Jun 24 2014, 1:11pm :

I'd put the week view calendar from 8.1 up against any of those. And the month views are functionally very similar with Google providing some additional data below but Microsoft allowing quick transitions via swipes to other months. You also don't show how tapping a given day shows the events in detail for that day without leaving the month view - as is the case with the week view as well. Windows phone is also the only of the three that shows a weather forecast.

Once again, static images don't accurately depict the dynamic interface of Windows Phone.

That you consider it bland doesn't make it less functional. For some of us, the lack of clutter is a benefit.

The processor should be about 45% faster than the one used in X. It is the same one used in Moto E.

I wouldn't call that processor fast, but combined with the 1 GB memory, it should result in a much better experience.

eddman said,
The processor should be about 45% faster than the one used in X. It is the same one used in Moto E.

I wouldn't call that processor fast, but combined with the 1 GB memory, it should result in a much better experience.

Moto E aint performing bad. Besides some serious battery bugs kitkat was made with low end devices in mind.

Other than the political limitation of not being a true Android supported device, I think Nokia might have a serious contender for a good budget phone. They made the X as it should have been on day one.
Too bad they will probably sell this in North America but that might be another political move.

NienorGT said,
Other than the political limitation of not being a true Android supported device, I think Nokia might have a serious contender for a good budget phone. They made the X as it should have been on day one.
Too bad they will probably sell this in North America but that might be another political move.

But they already have :o Asha's are not half bad and the new 515, a phone that positions itself in the border between feature phone and smart phone it's actually quite nice.

Honestly I dont understand the point of the X's besides being a bridge between Android and WP 8.1... and I do not think the bridge works.

Exactly my thought: after all MS has Google developing Android at some sort, which means the Nokia X may get updates with R&D free and a couple of teaks here and there from MS. Also MS charges all Android OEMs licence fees to use Android, so even with Google developing MS is the one making money. Also it means entry level lab rats to make their Services run smooth on lower hardware, which gives them the ability to make WP smooth and optimiced always. So people end up using MS Services, and them and Google contribute to MS business!

"As you would expect, the Nokia X2 will continue to undercut the price of the company's newest entry-level Windows Phones. While the 3G-only Lumia 630 is on sale now in Europe for around €119 EUR (around $162 USD / £95 GBP), the X2 goes on sale today "in select countries globally" priced at €99 ($135 / £79) before taxes and subsidies (exact local pricing will vary by market)."

Why do these articles keep ignoring that fact that the 635 is available from AT&T for only $99 off contract?

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