The two biggest stars at the Mobile World Congress a couple of days ago were the Nokia X Android Smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy 5S, but it seems that the buzz created by the S5 is starting to fade, while the waves Nokia X Android Smartphones made are just getting bigger.
The X series: Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are the company’s first Android phones. They run a modified Android 4.1 and Nokia insists that around 75% of all existing Android apps are compatible with the X model’s operating system. This project is not supported by Google, which means that none of the X smartphones run Google Play, but users that have an APK file of any Google Store app will be able to run it on the mobile device. The waters are still quite murky and much about this Nokia-Android love affair’s whereabouts will be determined in the following months.
Nokia X Android Smartphones – A Closer Look
The Nokia X, X+ and the XL look great and they’re very affordable. Nokia has plenty bonus points in this department and it seems that it has managed to do what Apple intended to with their iPhone 5C, but failed miserably – to create an affordable smartphone. The Nokia X is 89 Euros; the Nokia X+ is only 99 Euros and the Nokia XL, 109 Euros!
The Nokia X has a 4’’ LCD Display that has a 480×800 resolution. It has a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB). It has no front-facing camera and the back is a 3MP fixed focus camera. It weighs 129 grams and can be good for 10.5 hours of 3G talk and 8.4 hours of video playback.
Don’t imagine the Nokia X+ being a much improved version of the Nokia X. The only thing that has been affected is the RAM – an increase from 512MB to 768MB. You can sense the difference between the two and for 10 Euros, we suggest you get the X+.
The Nokia XL has a 5’’ LCD display with the same WVGA resolution as the Nokia X. Basically it’s pretty similar to the X, sporting the same 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset and same 4GB of internal storage, but 768MB of RAM, instead of 512GB and a good 5MP camera with LED flash. It weighs 190 grams, making it quite heavy in one’s pocket.
All three Nokia X Android Smartphones have a beautiful build quality, the plastic is sturdy and appealing; Nokia hit it big in the design department with these three models.
Are you interested in any of these phones? Will you give them a try? What do you think of Nokia running Android on its smartphones? Is it the beginning of the end?