Score one for the rumor mill!
Last week, we told you about this hot tech tsismis about Nokia finally creating an Android phone. Lo and behold, it's true! And there's not one, not two, but three Androids from the Finnish company! Say hello to the Nokia X, X+, and XL!
But first, let us clarify one important detail. Although the devices run on Android, this version of the OS is customized to Nokia's needs. So don't be surprised if they look a tad different from the usual Androids you see in terms of graphics. The user-interface itself looks like a mash-up of Windows Phone, Asha (Nokia's mobile platform for feature phones), and Android.
But don't worry; the X, X+, and XL are all still Androids by heart. They'll be able to DL and use Android apps, which we reckon is the biggest draw of this marriage. Over a million apps, baby! The only problem here is that Google Play isn't pre-installed. However, all phones are pre-equipped with a bunch of third-party Android store apps, including Nokia Store, to help you satisfy your app fix.
Onto the phones now, shall we?
The phone represented in a lot of image leaks and rumors recently, the Nokia X is a 4-inch device that sports a Lumia-esque design (read: a rectangular slab with subtly sloping corners). And, as expected, it won't be carrying makalaglag-panga hardware. The phone is actually aimed at the entry- and mid-range markets.
Under the hood you've got a dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM—just enough for you to enjoy apps and other mobile endeavors such as taking selfies (via a 3-megapixel shooter) and using mobile Internet. The good news is 3G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi are all part of the mix as well.
With the "+" sign there, we're expecting that the Nokia X+ has better hardware than the X. And it has, at least for RAM. The Nokia X+ comes with 768MB of RAM (50 percent more than the Nokia X) which should make multi-tasking a bit faster.
Other than that, the specs are pretty much the same. It has a dual-core processor, a 4-inch touchscreen, and a 3-megapixel camera along with wireless standards such as Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth.
The Nokia XL is the biggest of the bunch (hence, the name), thanks to its 5-inch display. Like the X+, the Nokia XL has 768MB of RAM. It also shares the same dual-core processor its smaller bros have. However, the XL comes with a 5-megapixel camera, as well as a longer battery life than its fellow Nokia Androids (16 hours vs. 13.3 hours talk time).
And oh, before we forget, the three phones are all dual-SIM. Good news for those who want to make chika with their friends on different networks!
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
As for the prices, the Nokia X is at €89 (around P5,400), the Nokia X+ is at €99 (around P6,000), while the Nokia XL will go for €109 (P6,700). No official word yet if and when the phones will arrive here in the Philippines, although it's confirmed all of them will land in Europe, India, and the Middle East. We're also told the three will definitely arrive in the Asia-Pacific region, which gives us hope.
Make it happen, Nokia! You've got plenty of Nokia-natics here!
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