Nokia X2 Launched by Microsoft With New, Familiar-Looking Features

Nokia-X2-Dual-SIM-hero-2Exactly four months after the unveiling of Nokia’s first family of Android phones, Microsoft Mobile launches the successor to the Nokia X, dubbed the X2.

While the first batch of X phones were simply Nokia’s chance to test the waters, this time around they made much needed hardware and software improvements to enhance the experience of Nokia’s own forked Android OS. Noticeably, we now have both a back and a home key, something that Nokia was heavily criticized for lacking with the X. We’re also given a slightly larger display at 4.3 inches. Here’s a list of some of the hardware improvements made with the X2 over its predecessor:

  • Larger 4.3″ WVGA ClearBlack LCD display
  • Addition of a ‘Home’ button for easier navigation
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200
  • 5MP camera with flash and auto-focus
  • Front-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1800mAh Li-ion battery

Nokia-X2_multitaskingOn the software side, the X2 has made quite a few changes, many of which are obviously borrowed from Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. Firstly, from the homescreen, a swipe to the left will bring you to an app list ordered alphabetically in a similar visual style to the one on Windows Phone. A swipe to the right from the homescreen will then bring you to the Fastlane, which seems to have gotten a facelift. Additionally, swiping down will let you manage your setting much easier, as well as check on any notifications from open apps, and also includes a shortcut for quick SIM switching. Multitasking has been made easy, and requires holding the back button to bring you to a card list of open apps (à la Windows Phone) shown above. You can easily scroll through the apps you have open and exit them with the press of a button.

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Of course, all the usual Microsoft and Nokia services are included such as OneDrive (with 15GB of storage included), MixRadio, HERE and Skype. And all these new features come packed into a body similar to the original X, but with a touch of Asha flair with the translucent layer for a glossy shine.

The Nokia X2 comes in glossy green, orange and black (with yellow, white and matt dark grey will be available at a later time), and will be priced at €99 before taxes and subsidies. Available only in select countries.

via: Nokia Conversations