By Michael Fisher | February 24, 2014 6:46 AM
As part of its bid to “connect the next billion with affordable smartphones,” Nokia today announced the long-rumored Nokia X: the device formerly known as the Normandy and Nokia’s first-ever Android-powered smartphone.
In terms of specs, the headlining Nokia Android phone is everything we expected: a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 3MP camera, and 4″ IPS WVGA display place the device firmly in the “developing markets” segment, while its particular flavor of Android is predictably Microsoft-leaning in its loyalties: the tile-centric interface bears more than a passing resemblance to Windows Phone, HERE Maps powers its navigation suite, and the device comes with a free month of Skype calls to mobile phones and landlines. As expected, this is a decidedly Google-free version of Android: there are no Google services to speak of, and no Play Store in sight.
The Nokia X+ is functionally identical to the X, with the exception of memory: it bumps the onboard RAM to 768MB from 512MB, but storage remains the same: 32GB with MicroSD expansion.
Similarly, the Nokia XL is more of the same – just bigger. It increases the display size to 5 inches (though its resolution remains the same at 800×480), the battery size from 1500 mAh to 2000 mAh, and the camera resolution to 5MP.
All three feature dual SIM functionality and offer swappable back covers which allow users a choice in device color.
The Nokia X will lead the availability charge, going on sale for €89 in March, with the €99 X+ and €109 XL following later in the season. The devices will mainly target Asian, South American, and some European markets.
We’ll have hands-on video featuring the Nokia X family up on the site just as soon as they make it through the upload queue from Barcelona. Stay tuned!