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Nokia First Android Phones: Nokia X, Nokia X+ & Nokia XL

Nokia has launched their first family of phones running on Android (sort of) at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 [1].

Nokia MWC 2014 Booth [2]
Nokia MWC 2014 Booth

The reason why I say “Android (sort of)” is because there is no Google Play services in the Nokia X family of phones, instead it is been replaced by Microsoft Services.

Nokia Asha x Nokia Lumia = Nokia X [3]

Nokia, Nokia Asha, Nokia X and Nokia Lumia [4]
Nokia, Nokia Asha, Nokia X and Nokia Lumia

The Nokia X goes in-between the Nokia Asha and Nokia Lumia bringing Nokia ranges of phone to four: Nokia, Nokia Asha, Nokia X and Nokia Lumia.

Nokia X Family [5]

The Nokia X Software Platform which is the OS behind Nokia X [6], Nokia X+ [7] and Nokia XL [8] is a forked off Android Open Source Project (AOSP) [9] based on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The first three phones to be launched under the Nokia X Platform are the Nokia X [6], Nokia X+ [7] and Nokia XL [8].

The Nokia X will retail for €89 (~S$155) starting from today while the Nokia X+ will retail for €99 (~S$173) and the Nokia XL for €109 (~S$190) from Q2 2014.
Nokia X and Nokia X+ looks exactly the same, the only difference is the RAM (512MB vs 768MB). Nokia XL on the other hand is an upsize Nokia X+ boosting a 5″, better rear camera, font-facing camera, LED flash and higher capacity battery.

Nokia X/Nokia X+

Nokia X - Front [10]
Nokia X – Front

Nokia X - Back [11]
Nokia X – Back

Nokia X - Side [12]
Nokia X – Side

Nokia X - Top [13]
Nokia X – Top

Nokia X/X+ Colors [14]
Nokia X/X+ Colors

6 colors of the Nokia X/X+ will be available: Black, Cyan, Green, Red, White & Yellow.

Nokia XL

Nokia XL - Front [15]
Nokia XL – Front

Nokia XL - Back [16]
Nokia XL – Back

Nokia XL - Side [17]
Nokia XL – Side

Nokia XL - Top [18]
Nokia XL – Top

Nokia XL Colors [19]
Nokia XL Colors

Nokia XL - Orange [20]
Nokia XL – Orange

6 colors of the Nokia XL will be available: Black, Cyan, Green, Orange, White & Yellow. If you notice, instead of red, Nokia XL replaces it with Orange.

Android Apps
Nokia X apps can be downloaded from the native Nokia store which will contain curated Android apps for Nokia X.

You can side-load most of the Android apps if you have the Android application package file (APK) [21] but I don’t think it will be easy to side-load Google Play services/store apps easily.

During the Q&A, there was a question asked whether the bootloader of the Nokia X phones will be locked, but the guy answering did not really answer the question and hence, I am pretty sure it will be locked.

I think it will be a matter of time before the guys at XDA Developers [22] will be able to root and flash CyanogenMod [23] on it.

Conclusion
Nokia X is Microsoft attempt to reach out to Android users letting them know about it’s services. The price point is sweet, a good alternative to Xiaomi’s Redmi [24]. But if you are a user that goes for high-end Android devices, you will probably not be interested in Nokia X.

Also an unknown factor here is whether Nokia X will still continue in the near future after Microsoft purchase of Nokia has been completed since having four different mobile operating system doesn’t seem to be the One Microsoft Vision [25].