- Nokia X, X+ and XL are the first handsets from the Finnish Company to run the Android operating system
- The Nokia X costs 20,000 Naira, the X+is 22 Naira and the XL is 25,000 Naira
- The X is available now and the X+ and XL go on sale from April
- The X and X+ have 4-inch screens while the XL is 5-inch
- The new phones will be sold alongside Nokia’s budget Asha range running Windows
- Includes the new Asha 230 announced at the same event, worth 45 euros
- Android is the most popular operating system worldwide
Nokia has officially launched its first Android handsets – the much-rumoured Nokia X, the X+ and XL – at an event in Barcelona.
The X and X+are both entry-level devices with 4-inch screens, while the XL is larger at 5-inches.
The X is available now for 89 euros. The X+ and XL go on sale from April for 99 euros and 109 euros respectively.
The X range has been designed to look similar to Nokia’s current basic Asha smartphones, which run Windows Phone.
Nokia made the announcement at the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
Nokia also announced a basic smartphone called the 220, with a 2MP camera, for 29 euros and the Asha 230 for 45 euros. The X series is a significant release for Nokia, despite the basic specifications.
Previous Nokia handsets ran the Windows Phone operating systems, and although the software has slowly been gaining ground on both Android and iOS, it still lags behind.
Windows Phone has been criticised for being difficult to use and runs a fraction of the popular apps seen on the other platforms.
Android, on the other hand, holds the majority share of the smartphone market in every region globally and has an app store with more than 700,000 apps.
It is also synonymous with budget and low-end handsets because its intuitive design appeals to less technical users.
Nokia will be hoping to attract this end of the market, as well as appeal to emerging markets with the release of X and X Plus.
It hasn’t abandoned Windows Phone completely, though. Although the operating system is Android based, Nokia has added the tiles and personalisation features seen on Windows Phone
Similarly, the Nokia X range doesn’t use Google apps or cloud services.
It seems Nokia has chosen Android purely for the apps than the interface, and will use Microsoft’s cloud services including OneDrive instead.
The Nokia X range also complements the firm’s existing range of budget handsets, namely the Asha range.
The Asha range starts at £42 ($69) with 2MP and 5MP camera models. The original Asha 501 handset was announced in May last year and began shipping in June. It has a 3-inch screen, 3.2MP camera and comes in red, green, cyan, yellow, white and black.
Nokia Launches its X-Series Range of Phones for Android in 3 models: X, X+ and XL
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