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MWC 2014: Nokia X, X+ and XL With Android Operating System Now Official
Finally the announcement the entire world has been waiting for so long. Nokia has finally taken the wraps off its highly touted Android-running devices dubbed as Nokia X and Nokia X+, with a third Nokia XL waiting in the horizon.
Both the X and the X+, meant for the growing markets but below the Lumia series in terms of importance and to be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white variants, will definitely run on Android, although it has been built on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which has been known to assist users looking to update their Android devices unofficially.
Details are fast flowing for all the devices that are currently being revealed at the MWC at Nokia presentations and details mentioned are not complete. However, whatever that has been mentioned at the event, it has been made pretty clear that the devices have been made for worldwide release and will serve mostly for the growing economies.
"Nokia has connected billions of people around the world, and today we demonstrated how our portfolio is designed to connect the next billion people to great experiences," said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia's Devices & Services.
"Our deliberate approach is to offer four tiers of products including our affordable entry-level devices like the new Nokia 220; our entry-level Asha touch phones like the new Nokia Asha 230; our new Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL smartphones primarily for growth economies; and our Lumia portfolio, which is where we introduce the greatest innovation and provide full compatibility with the Microsoft experience," he added.
Although made official finally, there's not much that have been mentioned about the devices. Apart from the fact that Nokia X and X+ featuring 4-inch touchscreen displays and 3MP primary camera, the devices are different from each other since the X+ offers added advantage of a microSD card slot. However, we are yet to find out as up to how much it can be further expanded.
Like we mentioned before, the devices will be running a highly modified version of Android, and will include Nokia's "Fastlane UI". Also present alongside is a tile-based homescreen that will offer live information, coupled with colorful apps. A long press on a tile will allows users to re-organize the tiles, apart from resizing them.
Apart from that, the entire Nokia X family will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor and supports Dual SIM.
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As revealed, the Nokia X will be available immediately for 89 Euros (Rs. 7,594), while the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL (featuring a 5-inch IPS WVGA display with a front facing 2 MP camera) will go on sale in the second quarter of this year for 99 Euros (Rs. 8,448) and 109 Euros (Rs. 9,301), respectively.
More on this will arrive shortly. Stay tuned to GizBot.