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

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

The Nokia X

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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Shirty 24th February 2014, 14:05 Quote
These will have to be very special to avoid tanking (at least in the first world).
Nexxo 24th February 2014, 14:26 Quote
I don't know about that. Many people own Android phones because they are cheap, but feel overwhelmed by its features. A simple, clean Android setup may be just what appeals to them.
rollo 24th February 2014, 14:48 Quote
Most people dont care what type of OS there phone has.

They have 2 maybe 3 requirements.

Cheap, Facebook, ease of use. Outside of that most could not give a care for the OS.

If its cheaper or as cheap than a MotoG and meets the simple requirements then it could sell well at what nokia does best. Selling cheap stuff to people on a budget.

Nokia X is 89 Euro as launch price. Guess we will see it in Uk for around £99. MotoG goes for between £89 to £119 depending on who sells it to you.
Shirty 24th February 2014, 15:15 Quote
The problem for these handsets is that the Moto G redefined the budget smartphone market by being essentially a premium handset, much as the Nexus handsets redefined the mid-tier by competing with the range toppers.

Unless they come in substantially cheaper with similar specs (the latter of which they clearly won't), they will not stack up well against the Motorola offering.
Spreadie 24th February 2014, 15:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shirty
The problem for these handsets is that the Moto G redefined the budget smartphone market by being essentially a premium handset, much as the Nexus handsets redefined the mid-tier by competing with the range toppers.

Unless they come in substantially cheaper with similar specs (the latter of which they clearly won't), they will not stack up well against the Motorola offering.
Yep, I've just bought a Moto G and I'd agree. I only got it yesterday, so I admit the novelty factor hasn't dissipated yet, but it looks, feels and performs like a much more expensive phone.

Perhaps the rise of the very capable budget phone will force the likes of Samsung et al to bring down their handset costs.
XXAOSICXX 24th February 2014, 15:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shirty
Unless they come in substantially cheaper with similar specs (the latter of which they clearly won't), they will not stack up well against the Motorola offering.

They'll stack up perfectly well in the eyes of your average consumer who knows less-than-nothing-about-anything....people buy what the chump at <insert-retail-outlet-here> tells them to, if he/she tells them it's <insert-adjective-here>
Nexxo 24th February 2014, 15:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
Most people dont care what type of OS there phone has.

They have 2 maybe 3 requirements.

Cheap, Facebook, ease of use. Outside of that most could not give a care for the OS.

If its cheaper or as cheap than a MotoG and meets the simple requirements then it could sell well at what nokia does best. Selling cheap stuff to people on a budget.

Nokia X is 89 Euro as launch price. Guess we will see it in Uk for around £99. MotoG goes for between £89 to £119 depending on who sells it to you.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shirty
The problem for these handsets is that the Moto G redefined the budget smartphone market by being essentially a premium handset, much as the Nexus handsets redefined the mid-tier by competing with the range toppers.

Unless they come in substantially cheaper with similar specs (the latter of which they clearly won't), they will not stack up well against the Motorola offering.

I think that you're both right. The Nokia X is just a simple, cheap, fun mobile, does the job, touches the spot. The Moto G is spot on the price-quality balance, giving you the sense of a premium product at a bargain price. if I went Android it's the one I'd buy. There's little between them; both are well-designed but aiming at different markets. I think fun, cheap simplicity will be the former's attraction, while having a bargain full Android phone will be the latter's.
Corky42 24th February 2014, 16:45 Quote
It would seem Nokia has been beaten on the price front, Mozilla and Spreadtrum announced a $25 smart phone. IDK how Mozilla OS stands up against Android but at $25 would anyone care ?
Harlequin 24th February 2014, 17:30 Quote
as I said in another thread - they are removing all the google branded apps so google wont get a cut off any app sales. expect it to be as locked down and closed wall as the kindle fire hd is
SexyHyde 24th February 2014, 20:16 Quote
It might be android but doesn't have the play store. Also Moto G just about kills it. Specs are so gimped I'll be surprised if it isn't a complete failure.
Pookie 25th February 2014, 09:19 Quote
A Microsoft phone running Android. How times have changed!
Alecto 26th February 2014, 08:41 Quote
This has great fail written all over it - Android phones with less than 1 GB of RAM and really modest dual core in 2014 when even Moto G and various Chinese phones come with 1 GB and quad core CPU. The Likes of Lenovo etc. will trash these Nokia phones with more features (dual SIM support anyone ?). If customers really wanted something along these lines they woudl have gone for LG's L3, L5, L7 and L9 lineup.

While I would rather see a really fast dual core CPU in place of slower quad cores, I do believe that 1 GB is bare minimum for Android today (based on how my Nexus 5 eats the RAM even though I have ZERO applications running in the background - I got used to closing them immediately). 512/768 may be enouigh for Windows Phone, but not for Android.
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