Microsoft Launches its First Android Powered Smartphone – Nokia X2

Microsoft is now releasing its first Android-based Nokia X2 smartphone today. The device will be available from July at a price 99 Euros (USD 135). However Microsoft already owns a couple of Android powered Nokia devices, which were launched before it acquired Nokia.

Nokia X2 comes in dual-SIM slot, 4.3-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, a battery of 1,800mAh capacity, Internal storage of 4GB expanded upto 32GB and a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor. 

The Nokia X2 also includes a home button as well as the regular back button and is expected to comes in orange, or black, with yellow, glossy green, white, and dark grey colors having weighs 129 grams. It’s connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dual SIM card slots offering dual stand-by.

With its ability to run Android apps, Nokia X2 gives user more choices when it comes to downloading games and apps through the Nokia Store.

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As mentioned in Nokia’s blog. “In terms of Microsoft-made apps, Skype, Outlook.com and OneDrive with 15GB storage are available right out of the box. Bing Search app, Yammer and Xbox games, including SnapAttack, Wordament and Kinectimals are available from the Nokia Store. The note-taking app, OneNote also makes its debut, giving people another useful way to experience cloud services.

For the socialites amongst you, LINE, WeChat, Path, Facebook and Facebook Messenger are also available.” says 

Here is a Microsoft demo video of Nokia X2.

Tech Crunch says: The Nokia X2 is not the first Android device Microsoft owns, being as Redmond took over Nokia’s mobile making division in April – a move which brought the original Nokia X device under its wing. But some doubted whether Microsoft approved of Nokia’s Android experiment — and speculated that the line would be quickly culled by Redmond.

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The Verge says: The most surprising part of the Nokia X2 for many will be that Microsoft is continuing to invest in these Android-based handsets. Nokia’s original X device blended Windows Phone-like UI with Android and Microsoft services, and the X2 does exactly the same with slightly refreshed and refined hardware.

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