Nokia X2 Marks Microsoft’s Push into Android

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Nokia has released the next entry in its Nokia X series of smartphones, the Nokia X2. The first device in the X family to launch since Microsoft formally acquired the Lumia maker, the X2 is a budget Android phone which, like the original X, runs a custom skin that resembles Windows Phone.

Nokia X2The device runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. That display is a small size boost over the X’s 4-inch panel, and both the processor and RAM count stand as advancements as well.

On the software front, the Nokia X2 runs an Android-based, Windows Phone-esque UI that brings back the X’s “Fastlane” feature, which shows what events you have coming up, what apps you’ve used recently, and what different tasks you’ve performed throughout the day. It also gives you the ability to respond to notifications with a single click.

Apps available through the Nokia App Store have also been expanded, and the X2 adds a capacitive home button alongside the lone back button of the X.

The device is priced at 99 Euros (or around $150), and is available immediately in select counties. It’s slated to ship globally in July.

Source: Nokia

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