The launch of Microsoft’s first ever android smartphone came as a surprise to many, not only because it was their first android-based device but also because it was branded under the name of the Nokia firm. Yes, that’s the Nokia X2.
However, the Nokia firm, under Stephen Elop, the CEO, had made the Nokia X version beforehand, which the CEO explained was a springboard for the line of Nokia X devices that would follow, under the steering wheel of Microsoft Company. Many people, however, were not sure whether Microsoft would take up that line since the company had said it did not plan to make its transactions on Nokia’s trade name for long. The launch of the Nokia X2 android-based device by Microsoft eventually had all their questions answered.
The android-based Nokia X2 device goes for €99, subsidies and taxes not included. This is a bit higher than the Nokia X device, whose price tagged at €89. The Nokia X2 device android version has been refined to appear similar to the operating system of Microsoft windows phone. It operates android apps but also has some Microsoft apps like OneDrive preinstalled. The Nokia X2 comes with a spicier processor comprising the Snapdragon processor (1.2GHz dual-core) and 1GHz dual-core in the native device. The device’s screen is also larger, measuring 4.3 inches by 4 inches.
The Nokia X2 device remains pretty much almost similar to its predecessors, coming in a wide array of eye-catching colors as well as a blend of Nokia user interface tastes including a blend of both Nokia and Microsoft services like Skype, Mix Radio, OneDrive, OutLook, Here maps plus Fastlane navigation tool and not forgetting android apps as well. It also has an in-built memory of 4GB which can be boosted up to 32GB by a microSD card. It also has dual-SIM support plus a front and rear 5 megapixel camera. The removable battery can run for 13 hours. However, the device does not support 4G.
The device has been made dual-SIM as this is a growing trend that is slowly taking its course in the mobile market in order to fit user preferences. Microsoft hopes that the Nokia X2 device will compete with other android rivals much better than the Windows phone has been able to. Its price tag that is lower than that of the Lumia as well as its numerous android apps is already a plus in the competitive market.
The invention of the Nokia X2 android-based device has added to the trio of Nokia devices that were on the platter beforehand, namely Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL.
Meanwhile, after handing over the wheel of its mobile-making arm to Microsoft, Nokia has taken specialty into homescreen matters whereby it has coalesced with android to make an alternative homescreen called Z launcher for Google’s software program.
For key players in the mobile competition market, investing upon android has become the order of the day as demand for android-based devices rocks the sales platform.