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updated 05:42 am EDT, Tue June 24, 2014

Entry-level Nokia X2 first Android smartphone launched under Microsoft ownership

Nokia's Devices and Services business has launched its second generation of Android smartphone, its first Android launch under the ownership of Microsoft. The Nokia X2 takes after the Nokia X launched in February, using a heavily customized Android implementation and a physical design reminiscent of the Lumia range, and though it is still a low-priced entry-level smartphone, it still offers a few improvements on the original.

On the front is a 4.3-inch 800x480 ClearBlack LCD display with hardware buttons and a 640x480 webcam, while on the back is a 5-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus. Inside the dual-SIM device is a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage, with the device also providing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Its 1,800mAh battery is claimed to provide up to 13 hours of talk time over 3G, with a standby time of up to 23 days, and a maximum music playback time of 86 hours.

Just as before, the Nokia X2 uses a skinned version of Android that is reminiscent of Windows Phone. While it lacks access to Google Play, it does offer apps through other app markets, including the Nokia Store, and offers replacements for Google's roster of programs. Nokia MixRadio, the free music app seen on Lumia devices, makes an appearance on the Nokia X2, as well as Here Maps, OneDrive, one month of Skype calling to mobiles and landlines. The X2 also includes Fastlane, a list of recently opened apps and recent updates, as well as a new Apps List section, in an effort to clean up the home screen.

The Nokia X2 is starting to ship now in select countries for 99 euros ($135).

by MacNN Staff



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