Microsoft prepares to launch the Android-powered Nokia X2 handsets

It’s only been a few months since Nokia launched its first Android handsets for developing markets. But now everything points towards a refresh of the Android-powered Nokia X line, taking place Monday. A timer has appeared on the Nokia Conversations blog, counting down until the launch of new devices.

Nokia Countdown timer - take the green as a hint

Not too long ago, it would have seemed impossible to imagine Nokia launching an Android-powered device, but then it actually happened. Now that Microsoft has acquired the handset division from Nokia, they’re about to go through the same weird process. Everything indicates that Microsoft will launch new devices for the X line, making these the first Android phones to be shipped by Microsoft.

The original X phones; we expect a similar design for the new generation

The Nokia X line was always destined for developing markets and as such, it was lower-specced and aggressively priced. The X2 is expected to bump those original specs while also keeping a competitive price.

The Nokia X2 is rumoured to have a bigger 4.3-inch screen with WVGA resolution, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front camera. The new phone is also rumored to have a physical home button. Similar devices with some variations are also expected to accompany this one, just like the XL and X+ handsets did in the first generation.

Although, these specifications are a step up from the original Nokia X, they are slightly less than those found on the Moto E and Moto G which are competitively priced smartphones. We’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft’s plans for this X line are and whether the company does actually intend to push these devices forward.

Source: Nokia Conversations | X phones image via Nokia/Microsoft

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I just don't see the point of Microsoft selling Android devices, especially those ugly Lumia rips.

Would Apple sell Android? You think Google would sell iOS?

In fact, if someone gave me a brand new iPhone or Android the first thing I'd do is destroy them with a sledgehammer and record it on my Lumia 1020 and post it on YouTube.

Robert Wade said,
In fact, if someone gave me a brand new iPhone or Android the first thing I'd do is destroy them with a sledgehammer and record it on my Lumia 1020 and post it on YouTube.

yeah, because destroying 100s of dollars worth product is a great idea.

Why? Some people are a fan of a particular OS and/or its ecosystem and won't switch no matter what.. just for example some people are diehard iPhone fans and wouldn't take an Android even if they were free. It would be silly to restrict themselves for no good reason, why ignore that piece of the pie, never mind getting their services out to more users?

I always get excited about these phones until I hear they only have 4GB of storage, makes the devices useless, and don't tell me you can use an SD card. I'd at least like to be able to store apps on the internal storage, something your limited to with 4GB of storage which is really 2GB if you're lucky.

68k said,
Just one (back) button is ridiculous.

The rumored upcoming 2nd generation X devices will have dedicated "Home" button.

Microsoft should just fork Android like Amazon did and solve their apps problem altogether. The costs of developing apps for a low market player is just too high for small timer app devs.

Even essential apps like Pocket isn't even available on WP.

But WP8.1 runs much faster, is more secure and uses less resources than Android does. And it runs on the Windows NT Kernel.