Android-Powered Nokia X2 Unveiled, Forums Added

Nokia X2

Despite the overabundance of rumors and leaks leading up to the eventual release of the first generation Nokia X, the thought of an Android-powered Nokia device was certainly a shock to many. And even though the Nokia X was created without any sort of flagship aspirations in mind, it has still amassed quite a loyal following and its fair share of aftermarket development work thanks in part to Nokia’s positive attitude towards development.

Now, Nokia hopes to build upon the success of the X with another budget-friendly, Android-powered device, the Nokia X2. The X2 builds upon the legacy of its predecessor by providing upgrades in nearly all device specifications. While the screen resolution remains unchanged at 800×480, the X2’s screen now features Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology. The processing power has been upgraded thanks to a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 (dual-core Cortex A7), up from its predecessor’s 1.0 GHz Snapdragon S4 Play (dual-core Cortex A5). In addition to raw processing power, RAM has been increased from 512/768 MB to a full gig, and the device’s software has been upgraded from “Nokia X Software Platform 1.0″ to “Nokia X Software Platform 2.0.” But of course, we all know that the device runs Android OS at its deeply hidden core–even if the only mention of Android in official Microsoft marketing material is that the X and X2 can “run your favorite Android apps.”

Nokia X2 Launch Video:

Nokia has also shared a hands-on video of the X2, showcasing its UI features:

Are you looking forward to calling the X2 your own? If so, are you planning on using Nokia’s default user interface, or will you swap it out for a more Android-like experience? Or do you think Microsoft and Nokia have no place in the diverse and already crowded Android ecosystem? Share your thoughts in the comments below and head over to the Nokia X2 forum to get started!


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