After what seems like years, Nokia has finally unveiled a line-up of their own Android Powered handsets. First up is the Nokia X. If you're looking for a top tier Android handset with the latest and greatest specs running 'pure' Android, you may want to look elsewhere. The Nokia X is running a forked version of Android and is absent of a lot of Google services. Nokia took AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and built a new 'skin' on top of it with Nokia and Microsoft experiences taking front and center stage. You'll find a tile-based interface, Skype and OneDrive integration. There will be no Google Play, Google maps, GMail, Chrome, Drive and the rest of Google's services. Nokia HERE maps and Microsoft services will replace Google's.
For those wondering about apps with the lack of Google Play, the handset will come with the Nokia Store installed and Nokia expects to curate hundreds of thousands of apps shortly after release. The handset will also support the third-party web based Yandex Store, which is popular in Russia.
The device comes in six colors, and all of them are what you'd expect from Nokia. Black, Cyan, Red, White, Yellow, and Green are what you can expect.
Nokia also unveiled the Nokia X+ which features slightly more RAM at 768MB. Both devices support dual SIM connectivity. The third and final member is the Nokia XL that sports, you guessed it, a larger screen coming in at a nice and comfortable 5".
Let's take a quick look at the specs in one place:
- Nokia X, X + and XL all pack a Qualcomm dual-core processor that can reach a maximum of 1GHz.
- Nokia X+ and XL sport 768MB of RAM.
- Nokia X comes in at an enemic 512MB of RAM.
- All 3 handsets are equipped with microSD support
- Nokia X/X+ have 2GB of onboard storage while the XL comes in a little higher at 4GB
The Nokia X is launching in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and in other emerging markets starting today. No word on a US launch. The Nokia X is priced at 89 euro ($122) and the Nokia X+ will be priced at 99 euro ($136) before taxes and subsidies.