Nokia X2 Android Smartphone Launched With Bigger Display and Better Camera

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Nokia launched the Nokia X earlier this year and it was the first Android (forked!) smartphone from the company. Well, Microsoft has just launched the Nokia X2, the successor to the Nokia X.

The Nokia X2 brings some much needed upgrades. The design is now a lot more attractive, it has the same crystal design we have witnessed on Asha devices like the Asha 502. As Microsoft mentions it, the polycarbonate body incorporates a cool translucent outer layer, making the device shine. The design now looks cooler and now, there’s a dedicated home button as well.

On the specifications front, it features a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480p) display with Nokia’s ClearBlack technology. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor and the RAM has been increased to 1 GB, which should improve the performance a lot. There’s 4 GB of internal storage and there’s a microSD slot for expansion up to 32 GB. The Nokia X2 also brings upgrades to the camera department, there’s a 5 MP rear camera with an LED flash and a 0.3 MP (VGA) front facing camera.

Nokia X2 Android 2

Nokia X2 runs on Nokia X Platform 2.0, which has been developed on top of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The software has gone through a major update. You can now press hold the back button to get you to the multitasking interface. Fast-lane has been improved and there’s a new notification center along toggles. There’s double tap to wake as well, similar to other Nokia smartphones. Microsoft services and apps like Skype, OneDrive, OneNote and others have been integrated along with Nokia’s HERE suite of mapping apps and MixRadio. Nokia Store now features more Android apps and there’s ability to install more Stores for your apps as well.

The Nokia X2 comes packed with a 1800 mAh battery. The affordable smartphone comes with dual SIM connectivity (dual standby). Other connectivity options in the X2 include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS.

Nokia X2 Android

Nokia X2 hits the market immediately in select countries globally and its price is said to be 99 Euros leaving taxes and subsidies, which is approx Rs. 8,090 in India. The device will come in a plethora of cool hues: glossy green, orange and black, with glossy yellow, white and matte dark grey.

Nokia X2 Specifications:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCA1bHO-qpM

Display4.3-inch IPS CBD display
ResolutionWVGA (800x480p) resolution
Processor1.2GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
RAM1GB
Memory4GB internal storage
microSDYes
up to 32GB
Camera5MP rear camera with flash
0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
OSNokia X Platform 2.0 developed on AOSP Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Battery1800 mAh
ConnectivityDual SIM with dual standby, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,Bluetooth and GPS
PriceApprox. Rs. 8,090

Comparison:

There has been an onslaught on entry level smartphones recently . The entry level smartphone market has surely spiced up with the arrival of Moto E. To counter the Moto E, various smartphone makers have unveiled their budget devices. Some notable devices to arrive in the price range after Moto E are Micromax Unite A092, the Canvas Win range, Karbonn Titanium S1 Plus and more. While they all are decent devices, Moto E still stands tall. While Microsoft hasn’t revealed the exact price of the Nokia X2 for India, it should be around the Rs. 8,000 mark and it would compete with the Moto E and others. So, let’s compare the Nokia X2 to the Moto E,  Micromax Unite A092 and just launched Intex Aqua i14 to see if Microsoft’s latest offering can outdo the competition.

SpecificationNokia X2Moto EKarbonn Titanium S1 PlusMicromax Unite A092
Display4.3-inch IPS CBD display
WVGA (800x480p) resolution
4.3-inch IPS display
qHD (960x540p) resolution
4-inch IPS display
WVGA (800x480p) resolution
4-inch IPS display
WVGA (800x480p) resolution
Processor1.2GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
RAM1GB1GB1GB1GB
Memory4GB internal storage
microSD expansion
4GB internal storage
microSD expansion
4GB internal storage
microSD expansion
8GB internal storage
microSD expansion
Camera5MP rear camera with flash
0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
5MP rear camera5MP rear camera with flash
VGA front-facing camera
5MP rear camera with flash
0.3MP front-facing camera
Battery1800 mAh1980 mAh1500 mAh1500 mAh
OSNokia X Platform 2.0 developed on AOSP Android 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.4 KitKatAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean
PriceRs. 8,090 approx.Rs. 6,999Rs. 6,490Rs. 6,490

Microsoft seems to have heard all the complaints people had around the Nokia X and have now addressed them with the Nokia X2. The Nokia x2 has a better and bigger display, more RAM, better rear camera, a front-facing camera, better software and more, when compared to its predecessor. So, how does it stack up against the competition? Well, pretty well I’d say. The price is higher than the competition but from the looks of it, the Nokia X2 surely packs a punch.

To be honest, Nokia X was a disappointment and Nokia X2 seems to be a far better device. At the end, it depends on you, whether you want to be part of Google’s ecosystem or Microsoft’s. If you can live without the Google suite of apps and live with Microsoft and Nokia’s equivalent services and apps, you won’t be disappointed with the Nokia X2.

Check out the Nokia’s hands-on video of the X2 to get a better look at the device:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri7qNQc5Q08

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Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!

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