Hands-on with the Nokia X and XL from MWC [Video]

Nokia X-XL

Nokia officially has an Android phone. In fact, they actually have three. Earlier today Nokia officially announced their new “X line” of low-end Android devices for emerging markets. These devices are designed to really push Nokia into the markets that couldn’t reach with Windows Phone. Our buddies at Phandroid are on the ground for us at MWC, and they got some hands-on time with the Nokia X and XL.

The Nokia X is the device that has been leaked dozens of times over the last few months. It has a 4-inch 480×800 display, Qualcomm dual-core processor, 5MP camera, 512MB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. The Nokia XL is essentially the same except it has a bigger 5-inch display and 768MB of RAM. Both come in yellow, red, green, cyan, white, and black.

These devices run that special forked version of Android we’ve been seeing in leaks. The home screen mimics Windows Phone with re-sizable tiles, but it also supports Android widgets. Nokia has also added a cool notification view that combines apps with live updates and notifications. There is no “app drawer” to find all the installed apps. They just get added to the home screen. Also, the one back button doubles as the back button.

The devices are pretty much as expected. It’s weird to see Android on Nokia hardware, but these are not the phones Android fans were begging for. Basically this is Nokia’s way to push their own services (and Microsoft’s) into emerging markets. The Nokia X is on sale now for just €89, and the XL will be available in Q2 for €109. What do you think now that you’ve seen the devices in action?


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