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Nokia announces the X2 – another Android smartphone from Microsoft. Wait, what?

The new Nokia X2 is another Android-powered smartphone that hopes to convert users to the ways of Windows Phone and Microsoft.

Since Nokia’s last foray into the world of Android smartphones, the deal with Microsoft has been sealed, but that hasn’t stopped them from releasing another Nokiandroid: meet the new Nokia X2 (no, not that one).

Nokia X2

As before, with the original Nokia X family which launched at MWC earlier this year, the intention behind the Nokia X2 is to get new customers using Microsoft’s services whilst at the same time, being able to utilise some of the flexibility the Android platform holds over the competition.

There’s no Google Play Store, instead the Nokia Store grants users access to apps built for Nokia X devices, along the lines of Amazon’s forked Android ecosystem and app store.

The interface consists of a main tile-based homescreen, which supports app folders, and a full alphabetical list of apps installed on the phone, almost identical to the company’s Windows Phone devices. Fastlane; a feature brought up from Nokia’s Asha line is also present, collating apps downloads, messages and notifications in one chronological timeline.

On the hardware front, the X family design language has grown up a little since its birth. The X2 features a colourful translucent polycarbonate body that creates perhaps Nokia’s most vivid colour option to date. Below the 4.3-inch ClearBlack WVGA display there’s now an additional home button too, so it’s faster to zip between elements of the interface.

On the back there’s an improved 5-megapixel camera, something only previously reserved for the Nokia XL, and there’s a front-facing snapper too, which is perfect for Skype. Nokia X2 buyers will even receive a month’s free international calls with the service when the X2 becomes available.

Nokia X2_2

As the Nokia X2 is another affordable offering (€99) internal storage is limited to 4GB, with room for up to an extra 32GB via microSD and OneDrive cloud storage to boot. There’s also 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor running the show, which should do nicely for everyday tasks and a touch of light gaming.

The Nokia X2 looks to be an incremental evolution of a very short bloodline, but under Nokia’s new masters we’re unsure as to how much longer the X range will be around.



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