So Nokia has succumb to the all mighty Android OS. This past week they released the Nokia X, X+ and XL at the Mobile World Congress.
Starting with the Nokia X, the entry-level Android. It has a 4″ screen, 3 megapixel camera, and 4GB of internal memory. As well as accepting 2 sim cards.
It’ll be available in 6 different colors: black, white, green, red, yellow, and blue. The X gives users approximately 10.5 hours in talk time.
Can’t forget to mention the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powering the whole thing.
Next up is the Nokia X+, which is basically identical to the X, with some minor tweaks, most notably is the “Fastlane” feature that is basically enhanced RAM. It is intended to speed up access to apps, as well as multi-tasking.
And finally, the Nokia XL. The “XL” is fitting since this is the 5″ version of the aforementioned brethren. It has a 5″ screen, 5 megapixel camera and 4GB of internal memory.
Other notable enhancements include a higher resolution screen, longer battery life (13 hour talk time), and a fancy 2 megapixel front facing camera.
As with the X and X+ the XL also accepts 2 SIMs.
These devices have been rumored for a long time. Some would say they have been fantasized about. With Nokia’s impending marriage to Microsoft, the release of Android seemed like Google releasing and iPhone. Although, Nokia is a handset manufacturer first and foremost, so they did what they needed to do to start the engines on regaining some of their market share. This may be too little too late, but they have built a strong reputation for developing solid smartphones. For example, the Lumia line has singlehandedly carried the WindowsPhone on its back. The Lumia line showed that Nokia can build a powerful device with solid features.
Nokia plans to release these devices in emerging markets (list at bottom). Prices are to range at about $100 and up. I’m sure it will be marketing dependant. Hopefully a distributor and/or carrier will bring this device to the U.S.
Nokia X - http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/nokia-x/#ProductAvailabilityWidget
Nokia X+ - http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/nokia-x-plus/
Nokia XL - http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/nokia-xl/#1872576
Handset Availability (markets):
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Dem. Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Guinea Republic
- Ivory Coast
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (English)
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Arabic)
- Palestinian Territories
- UAE (Arabic)
- UAE (English)