Microsoft today announced the Nokia X2, the successor to the original X released by Nokia, as was previously teased with Nokia Conversations blog post. Priced at just €99, it's an affordable Android smartphone for targeted markets. The 4.3-inch display with Nokia Glance is joined by expandable internal storage, dual-SIM support, as well as apps and services from Microsoft.
The device itself sports a brand new capacitive button, the home key. Joining the back key featured in the Nokia X, this new key is a convenient shortcut to get straight back to the home screen, without faffing about with multiple apps and whatnot. Holding down the back button will of course bring up the multi-tasking pane for easy app management and to switch between instances with little trouble.
As touched on above, the LCD screen comes in at 4.3-inches, complimented by a 5MP camera (with LED flash), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB internal storage (with MicroSD expansion), Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, and Bluetooth 4.0, all powered by an 1,800 mAh battery.
Since this is indeed Microsoft and its attempt to attract consumers from the Google ecosystem to Redmond, there are multiple home screens. The main home screen contains multiple app shortcuts and tiles, the second is an alphabetical list of apps installed on the device, while the third is a news feed of sorts called Fast Lane, pulling down social content and more from apps and services installed.
Multiple Microsoft apps and services are also pre-installed, including Outlook, OneDrive, Skype and some Xbox games. It doesn't appear to be a bad smartphone, even at the super low price point. We just hope it'll do better than the original X, which didn't go down so well with many, including our own Richard Devine. The Nokia X2 by Microsoft will be available in select countries immediately in glossy green, orange and black, with glossy yellow, white and matt dark grey coming later.
So, who's looking to pick one up?