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Microsoft continues its push for Android smartphones

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to finish what Nokia started with regards to the Android platform. Back in February, Nokia launched the X, XR, and X+ smartphones that used a heavily skinned version of Android, and a Nokia-branded app store.
 
Today, with the Nokia devices division completely under its wing, Microsoft has launched the fourth Nokia device to run Android. The new X2 comes with a 4.3” 800x480 display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion slot, and dual-SIM functionality. Other features include a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, and an 1800 mAh battery. Since Nokia’s Android offering are being billed as low-cost options, you’ll also find HSPA+ wireless data capabilities instead of LTE.

 
While the exterior of the new X2 may at first seem familiar, it actually features a new translucent outer layer, which gives the phone what Nokia calls, an “Inner Glow.” Color choices will include glossy green, orange, yellow, white and black, along with matt dark grey.
 
The Nokia X2 will support Microsoft Apps like Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive (complete with 15GB of storage) from the factory, while other Microsoft apps like Bing Search and Xbox Games like SnapAttack and Kinectimals will be downloadable from the Nokia Store.

 
The Nokia X2 will be available in select countries starting today for €99, which undercuts the price of the €119 Lumia 630 that runs Windows Phone 8.1.

Sources: Nokia [1], [2]





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