Specs appeal: Comparing the Lumia 630 and Nokia X2

Just four months after launching its first Android handsets, Nokia added a new member to its X family today, with the launch of the Nokia X2. Like the original Nokia X, the X2 is charged with leading the company’s efforts into the most price-sensitive markets, and aims to convince a new generation of buyers that this should be their first smartphone.


Nokia X2

Priced at just €99 EUR, the X2 is just €20 EUR cheaper than Nokia’s new entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 handset, the Lumia 630, which went on sale in various parts of the world a few weeks ago. Despite the X2 costing less, though, there are a few areas in which it beats its Windows Phone sibling, on paper at least.


Nokia Lumia 630

For a start, Nokia has included an LED flash on the X2, whereas the 630 has to make do without one. The 630 doesn’t have a front-facing camera either, but the X2 gets a VGA selfie-cam.

The X2 also gets both an ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor, whereas the 630 has neither. And if you want dual-SIM support on the Lumia, you’ll have to pay €129 EUR (compared with the €119 price of the single-SIM 630), while the X2 supports two SIM cards as standard.

All of this makes the lower end of Microsoft's range a bit confusing, frankly. It’s perhaps not surprising that Francisco Jeronimo, Research Director with mobile industry analysts IDC, said earlier today that carriers in Western Europe are scratching their heads over what to do with the Nokia X family of devices.

Smartphone buyers on a budget face an interesting choice over what to spend their hard-earned money on - and of course the choice is much wider than just the two devices you see here, with many affordable smartphones vying for the attentions of consumers.

But if the Lumia 630 and Nokia X2 fall within your price range and you're considering buying one of them, we've lined them up side-by-side to help give you some idea of how they compare. 

 

handset images via Microsoft Mobile / Nokia

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Microsoft need to up their game or sell the devices cheaper because even cheap Androids like the Moto G look like the better deals now.

No front camera on the 630 is a big mistake on MS's part, especially with the "selfie" craze these days... They're just handing Google more ammo with this X2 device.

They should have gone for the same device, one with WP and one with Android. Let the OS's compete on even footing.

630 should have been 530 no flash, no front facing camera, 512mb ram, soft keys, no proximity sensor, no camera button and its more expensive than x2

Edited by subcld, Jun 24 2014, 6:28pm :

People talking about the Lumia for Windows Phone.. but here in India, look at what MicroMax, a well established player of Android domain, has to offer in Windows Segment..

MicroMax W121 -> Quad Core Snap dragon 200 / 1GB RAM 8GB ROM / 8MP rear with LED Flash and 2MP Front / along with a 4.7ich IPS panel / Dual SIM / .. Coming with Windows 8.1, 20% cheaper than 630 :p

Choto Cheeta said,
People talking about the Lumia for Windows Phone.. but here in India, look at what MicroMax, a well established player of Android domain, has to offer in Windows Segment..

MicroMax W121 -> Quad Core Snap dragon 200 / 1GB RAM 8GB ROM / 8MP rear with LED Flash and 2MP Front / along with a 4.7ich IPS panel / Dual SIM / .. Coming with Windows 8.1, 20% cheaper than 630 :p

Lumia 520 is already king of the WP market in India, Micromax will have hard time in WP space of India.

compare the both... W121 is far better specs..

Then all would come down to the brand value front, yes Nokia may still have the edge but being there for 5 years and with numbers of service outlet matching Nokia, MicroMax brand itself is not bad either..

Choto Cheeta said,
compare the both... W121 is far better specs..

Then all would come down to the brand value front, yes Nokia may still have the edge but being there for 5 years and with numbers of service outlet matching Nokia, MicroMax brand itself is not bad either..

The service of Micromax is hilarious. Anyway, lumia has made it's brand value in Indian market. Rest We dont know about market, because looking at the past few years, anything can happen.

Personally I have been to MicroMax service center few times over the years.. Since they used to have those Q5 / Q3 models with cheap software to compete with Nokia E5 and such :p..

Back then software used to s*ck :p but hardware was good, network, sound quality !!

Never found problem in the service area if the service center is near by to you :p..

But when Android came in, story has changed ten folds..

MicroMax is second to Samsung in market share.. funny, that I find is hilarious in Samsung service near to my place..

Sure you can compare them side by side and maybe the X2 has some added perks. However if this is the main "Android" phone for Nokia they might has well put in the added features like flash and front facing camera. The 630 is being sold as the entry level Windows Phone right? Which would put any variant with a flash/front facing camera as a mid range phone