As expected and as I wrote earlier, Nokia today announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the Android AOSP-base X-series; which includes the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and which run Android apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are priced to capture the fast-growing affordable smartphone market; filling the gap between the Lumia Windows Phones and Asha S40 phones; and provide an on-ramp to Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and outlook.com. The Nokia X family features Nokia's renowned handset quality and design, with a fresh, tile-based user interface inspired by our Lumia family. All devices come with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly.
People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores and by sideloading. Out of the box, they can enjoy signature Nokia experiences including free HERE Maps, with true offline maps and integrated turn-by-turn navigation, and Nokia MixRadio for free music streaming and downloadable playlists. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of third-party apps and games.
The Nokia X family is also an affordable introduction to popular Microsoft services, including free cloud storage using OneDrive. With the purchase of any Nokia X family smartphone in select markets, people will get one month of Skype's Unlimited World Subscription for a limited time, ideal to make international calls to landlines in more than 60 countries and to mobile phones in 8 countries.
The first device, the Nokia X, comes with a 4" IPS capacitive display and a 3 megapixel camera. The Nokia X+ is optimized for multimedia enthusiasts, who can enjoy even more games, music, photos and video thanks to more memory and storage. Both the Nokia X and Nokia X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white.
The third family member, the Nokia XL, boasts a 5" display with 2 megapixel front-facing camera - ideal for Skype video calls - and a 5 megapixel rear-facing, autofocus camera with flash. The Nokia XL will be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white.
The entire Nokia X family is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor and supports Dual SIM (one with 2G and one with 3G), letting people switch SIM cards to get better tariffs.
The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at 89 Euro and rolling-out in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out in these markets starting early second quarter, priced at 99 Euro and 109 Euro, respectively.
Cheers ~ Arne