The Nokia X comes in three flavors: the Nokia X, X+, and XL. They are all very similar from a hardware perspective, and all feature low-end specifications. The devices sport a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 S4 processor and a WVGA screen. The Nokia X and X+ feature a 4″ panel, and the aptly named XL features a 5″ screen. The X features 512 megs of RAM , while the X+ and XL bumps that up to 768 megs, and all devices are available with up to 32 gigs of internal storage and support for MicroSD cards. All devices feature low-end cameras, with the X and X+ offering a 3 MP fixed-focus shooter, and the XL offering a 5 MP camera with auto focus and flash. The X and X+ come in at 10.4mm thin, and the XL comes in at 10.8mm.
The real story here isn’t in the hardware, but rather in the software. As expected, the Android-powered Nokia X family offers an intriguing UI featuring many of the same design paradigms as Windows Phone. There are tiles on the main interface, and everything is given a hint of Windows Phone flair in this custom Android skin. And in addition to the standard way of accessing applications, Nokia’s Fastlane notification center (rightmost screenshot) serves as a second home screen, displaying your latest notifications and most recent applications.
Application support is a bit of a mystery at present. It is unknown at this time how many Android applications will be available on the Nokia Store. However, since the device will support side-loading and third-party app stores, the world of available apps is still much larger than what is available on Windows Phone. And beyond traditional Android apps, the X will offer various first party applications such as HERE Maps (with offline navigation) and access to various Microsoft services.
The Nokia X will be available immediately in various regions, with the X+ and XL coming in Q2. Are you excited about the Nokia X family and having Nokia’s legendary build quality on Android, or do the device’s low-end specifications, strange UI, and lack of access to Google Services make it a no-go? Personally, I’m more excited about the possibility of porting Nokia apps over to standard Android devices than I am with the Nokia X family itself.
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