A few months ago at the Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced its first Android powered smartphone. It was the start of the X lineup of smartphones from Nokia. They were powered by AOSP Android on top of which was a custom interface from Nokia called the Nokia X Platform. Initially the Finnish giant launched three low end phones; the X, X+ and XL. When Microsoft acquired Nokia it was a given that the X lineup is as good as dead. However that does not seem to be the case, at least for now. Nokia X2 has just been announced by Nokia, and it continues on from where the previous X phones left.
Nokia X2 comes with a very similar design to what we saw on some of the Asha phones. It has a transparent, glossy plastic outer layer. The other obvious visual change is the inclusion of the home button alongside the back button. There have been some software updates to make the experience better than before. For starters you now get a multitasking screen like regular Android. There is even an app drawer. These two were sorely missing from the Nokia X so it’s nice to see them finally included here.
Nokia X2 has also gone through a hardware refresh. It’s still not high-end as we may have hoped, but it is a heck of a lot better than the archaic hardware that powered the older X lineup. Nokia X2 is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 chipset. The screen measures 4.3-inch with WVGA resolution and ClearBlack technology. On the back is a 5MP autofocus camera with flash. Thankfully there is a front facing camera this time around. Nokia X2 supports dual-SIM.
Nokia X2 will be priced at €99 and available immediately in select countries globally. It comes in glossy green, orange and black, with glossy yellow, white and matt dark grey.