Nokia's own low-end Asha phones have not been able to compete against handsets powered by Google's Android OS. No more Symbian OS rules the phone market, and Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is slowly catching up to likes of Android and iOS.
That being said, a Nokia-made Android-based phone was always a dream for potential users. At this year's Mobile World Congress, Nokia finally unveiled its much-hyped new phone family (Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL) built upon the Android Open Source Project.
The Finnish giant is targeting the emerging markets with its first-generation Nokia X family of devices. And, as expected, the India release of Nokia X handset will happen within this month.
Nokia's first Android-powered phone, the Nokia X, has been listed online in India, with an estimated price tag of Rs. 8,500. Out of the three, the Nokia X will hit Indian retail shelves starting March 15, 2014.
India's largest mobile retailer, The Mobile Store, has, apparently, started to offer the Nokia X at a price point of Rs. 8,500. As per the listing, the Nokia X (Dual SIM) will be made available from Saturday, March 15. The phone will arrive in Black, Green, Cyan, Yellow, Red and White color. However, there's no update as to when Nokia India will officially release the phone in the Indian market.
Nokia X: Highlighted Specifications
Nokia X comes with a 4-inch WVGA display having a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor, backed by 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. There's a 3MP fixed focus camera on the rear side of the device. Besides being a dual SIM handset, it also supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS connectivity options. The makers have added a 1500mAh battery fitted inside. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered handset also features FM Radio.
In the meantime, in a posting on the XDA developers forum, Spanish developer Kashamalaga has managed to hack the Nokia X to run Google's apps and services in just five steps. As a reminder, the Nokia X supports Microsoft/ Nokia powered services, and still doesn't have access to the Google Play store.
By now, it was clear that the Nokia X will finally go official in India on March 15. However, it seems that the retailer ( The Mobile Store) has been asked to remove the listed price of much celebrated Nokia X smartphone. We're following this story closely. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!