After countless headlines through more rumors than the latest fruit-phone, the Android-powered Nokia X is finally a reality—though it may not exactly be everything that you hoped for in a marriage between Nokia and Android. The device claims to offer the best of both worlds by giving access to the world of Android apps while also providing the “signature Nokia experience” through branded first party apps. But is the Nokia X itself truly anything to be excited about?
The Nokia X comes in three flavors: the Nokia X, X+, and XL. They are all very similar from a hardware perspective, and all feature low-end specifications. The devices sport a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 S4 processor and a WVGA screen. The Nokia X and X+ feature a 4″ panel, and the aptly named XL features a 5″ screen. The X features 512 megs of RAM , while the X+ and XL bumps that up to 768 megs, and all devices are available with up to 32 gigs of internal storage and support for MicroSD cards. All devices feature low-end cameras, with the X and X+ offering a 3 MP fixed-focus shooter, and the XL offering a 5 MP camera with auto focus and flash. The X and X+ come in at 10.4mm thin, and the XL comes in at 10.8mm.
The real story here isn’t in the hardware, but rather in the software. As expected, the Android-powered Nokia X family offers an intriguing UI featuring many of the same design paradigms as Windows Phone. There are tiles on the main interface, and everything is given a hint of Windows Phone flair in this custom Android skin. And in addition to the standard way of accessing applications, Nokia’s Fastlane notification center (rightmost screenshot) serves as a second home screen, displaying your latest notifications and most recent applications.
Application support is a bit of a mystery at present. It is unknown at this time how many Android applications will be available on the Nokia Store. However, since the device will support side-loading and third-party app stores, the world of available apps is still much larger than what is available on Windows Phone. And beyond traditional Android apps, the X will offer various first party applications such as HERE Maps (with offline navigation) and access to various Microsoft services.
The Nokia X will be available immediately in various regions, with the X+ and XL coming in Q2. Are you excited about the Nokia X family and having Nokia’s legendary build quality on Android, or do the device’s low-end specifications, strange UI, and lack of access to Google Services make it a no-go? Personally, I’m more excited about the possibility of porting Nokia apps over to standard Android devices than I am with the Nokia X family itself. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!