The Nokia X is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and is powered by Microsoft and Nokia services. The highlight of the Nokia X is the highly customised version of Android, with the Metro-inspired UI and access to Nokia’s own app store. The UI has been designed to look similar to Windows Phone, filled with Live Tiles on the homepage. Instead of multi-tasking, Nokia has included Fastlane feature, which was seen on Asha’s plateform earlier.
The features of the device are very much on the entry-level side. It sports a 4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. It includes 4GB of storage with microSD support and as an introductory offer, Microsoft is also offering buyers 1GB of free OneDrive storage.
On the photography front, we get a 3-megapixel camera at the back with fixed focus, f/2.8 aperture and 4X digital zoom. It packs a 1,500mAh battery, which the company claims is good enough for 10.5 hours of talktime and 17 days on standby mode. Other features include FM Radio, dual-SIM card slots, 3G support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Users will be able to search for apps not available on Nokia’s store and will be directed to one of the third-party stores on which the app is available. Users also will be able to sideload other apps. The phone will be available in black, green, cyan, yellow, red, and white variants.
The Nokia X will have to compete against entry-level smartphones like the Sony Xperia E1 Dual, Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 and the HTC Desire X.