Next generation of affordable Androids from Nokia gets the spotlight sooner than expected. Nokia X2 announced and released by Microsoft almost after 4 months of announcing first of Nokia Droids, Nokia X and XL.
Nokia X2, on papers the handset is coming with much needed hardware and software improvements. Personally I believe this should have been Nokia X+ in the first place.
4.3 inch Nokia X2 display is coming with ClearBlack technology and Scratch Resistance glass. Resolution is unchanged but it hardly a concerning matter. Larger resolution will take more resources, which will compromise battery life and overall performance. Besides 480×800 (217ppi) is a sweet spot for viewing contents.
Processor has been bumped up to dual core 1.2ghz of Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Cortex A7. GPU is up from Adreno 200 to Adreno 302. Increased RAM is most welcoming treat, boosting from 512/768mb to 1GB.
Camera department gets sweet increment of 5mp, auto focus with Flash and there is a much asked (VGA) front cam too for video callers, however Selfie-lovers will not be pleased with VGA front cam.
Battery gets more juice 1800mAh to handle all this new powers.
Nokia (now Microsoft Mobile) is using modified Android like the last time, but now it is based on Android 4.3 JellyBean, which in my opinion is much better for multi-tasking and performance.
Nokia also improved their UI, and answered the issues of handling multitasking controls. WindowsPhone-like app list has been added to their UI along side FastLane. Nokia also added much needed App Tray to switch from running apps to apps.
Most significant change you will notice right away in UI is use of 4 small tiles or 2 large tiles can be placed on Home Screen.
Pull down menu is improved, icons are larger and added more functions including giving us notifications section too so we will no longer need to switch out of app we are using just to look at notification.
Previous generation of Nokia droid used their own browser, which was extremely slow and gave users an impression if Nokia used a piece of cheap Wi-Fi unit. Nokia X2 will be using Opera as default Internet browser.
Nokia X2 takes some of ^Crystal Clear^ layer style from Nokia Asha 503 family. Layer is not as visible as 503 but enough to give Nokia X2 a unique look, which they are calling “Inner Glow” due to the effects light creates.
Instead of using single back button, Nokia X2 users will be navigating through 2 buttons – Back and Home.
Nokia/Microsoft Mobiles mentioned software update for Nokia X and XL, but on not so bright side, not all of the new software’s goodies will come to these due to major hardware changes. I think they are talking about new Home button.
Prices of Nokia X2 for different countries are not announced at the time of writing. General price for Nokia X2 is around $130 set by the company. Availability is expected in Q3 2014.
My suggestion will be to go for Nokia X2.