It has been speculated well before the launch that Nokia will significantly alter the Android experience on its Android handsets. The company has lived up to these speculations, embellishing Android with Microsoft and Nokia apps which come pre-installed in its Android offerings.
The handsets are fairly impressive, though, in terms of their value against their price tags. The Nokia X handset packs a 4-inch IPS LCD display together with 512MB of RAM and a 3MP camera. It costs a mere $125 and packs a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. This handset is available in white, black, green, yellow, cyan and red colors.
Nokia X+ also packs the same processor and display size, although it comes with 768MB of RAM and a 4GB microSD card. This is better suited for those who are looking for greater storage space. It costs $135 and is ultra-affordable, despite the mediocre specs.
Finally, Nokia XL comes with the same Qualcomm chip but it has a 5-inch IPS display. It also features 768MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera as well as a 2-megapixel camera on the front. In terms of overall specs, this is the most high-end of the three handsets and costs $150.
For those looking for a stock Android experience on a Nokia handset, this will be a disappointment. Nokia has forked the OS so that it looks different, somewhat of a mesh between original Android looks and the metro interface of Windows Phone devices. Moreover, these handsets come with preinstalled Skype, Nokia’s own navigation apps and a Nokia-specific app store which will contain ‘hundreds of thousands of Android apps.’
In simpler words, this is more of a cross between Windows Phone and Android, rather than a line-up of purely Android handsets. In that context, the line-up will be an interesting experiment and will show how successful is the embellishment of one mobile OS with another. As the price tags suggests, Nokia is gearing these handsets at emerging markets and is promising a global availability soon.
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