Nokia X, X+ and XL are company's first Android phones

Written by Edward Chester

February 24, 2014 | 13:02

Tags: #android #phone #smartphone

Companies: #nokia

Nokia has announced its first Android phones in the shape of the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.

Although it is now a Microsoft-owned company - well, the handset division is - Nokia is basing its latest budget handsets on Google's open-source OS. To ensure none of that lovely mobile revenue heads Google's way, though, the new handsets will not use any Google services but instead tap into Nokia and Microsoft's offerings.

GoogleMaps will be replaced by Nokia Maps while the main app store will be a Nokia branded one.

Although this sounds somewhat limiting, crucially the phones will be able to run Android apps, which still opens up the phones to the vast range on offer for that platform. In comparison the Windows Phone app range is still trailing.

On the Microsoft side of things, the phone will tap into the company's services like OneDrive, Outlook and Skype.

The new handsets are all on the more budget end of the scale with them set to replace a chunk of the company's entry-level handsets based on the ageing Symbian OS. Nokia hopes these phones will be a gateway for new users into the Windows Phone platform.

All three phones will boast modest 800 x 480 pixel LCD screens and will run a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 chipset. While the X and X+ will have 4in screens, 512MB RAM and 3MP rear cameras the XL bumps up to 5in, 768MB of RAM and a 5MP camera. All three will also feature microSD card slots for upgrading the the 4GB of internal storage they come with.

The Nokia X will be available immediately in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America and the Middle East. The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, meanwhile, won't be arriving until Q2 2014.

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