Microsoft’s Android adventures continue, as the company has unveiled the next member of the X family of smartphones. The sequel to the first Android device from Nokia, the Nokia X2 arrives packing improved hardware and software capabilities.
Nokia announced this next generation handset on its official blog, revealing that the device will be available for purchase beginning July for €99 (which is $135). The dual SIM version will be out initially, while the single SIM variant will follow.
In the words of Timo Toikkanen, head of mobile phones, Microsoft Devices Group:
“The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength, with the Nokia X smartphone achieving top-selling status in Pakistan, Russia, Kenya and Nigeria, while earning the third-best-selling smartphone spot in India.
The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences. We’re proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points.”
Here is a video showcase:
So what do you get in terms of hardware?
The main highlight is the slightly improved 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor that is paired with 1GB of RAM — this should please fans, as the original Nokia X only came with 512MB memory, which hindered performance.
A 4.3-inch ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen display runs at 800 by 480 pixels, and the back houses a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED, while a secondary VGA camera sits on the front.
And as previously rumored, the X2 comes with a new dedicated hardware Home button.
Software capabilities are offered by the same forked style of Android where Google services are replaced with Nokia (and well, Microsoft) solutions.