The acquisition of Nokia went through without a ton of problems, and with it, Microsoft got a ton of new engineers and hardware experts. It’s first big push with Android took place on Tuesday, as the company announced the X2, an affordable unlocked Android handset.
The X2 is based initially of the original Nokia X that came out last year and this year in areas, and is the newest Microsoft Android phone. Many speculate why Microsoft would invest in Android, but Microsoft makes money off Android, so why not right?
Nokia X2 Specs
The Nokia X2 is a wild and different kind of Android phone from Microsoft. It has a 4.3″ display, has tactile feedback, and has scratch resistant glass. It sports 10 hours of talk time on 2G and 13 hours of talk time on 3G. Featuring a 5MP camera and LED flash, it is a budget focused Android phone with a Nokia touch.
the Nokia X2 has 1 GB of RAM, expandable MicroSD slots for expansion, and can hold up to a 32GB card. It has a brand new skin on top of the phone to get to the apps, which looks much different than the typical phone. It is only $135 unlocked, and is a budget based phone for lots of countries and will be available in July in a number of colors.
Why Microsoft Why?
Many see the Android phone as an anti-Windows Phone for users of Windows, and wonder why Microsoft would release this phone. More than likely, it was in the pipeline with the Nokia purchase, and Microsoft can hope users who see this phone, might pick it up along with a Windows Phone for their family, since its very affordable.
The Nokia X2 is a phone that is cheap, feature friendly, and has a number of bells and whistles to keep the average consumer happy. It’s not for the tech crowd, and is meant for someone looking for an affordable Nokia phone, that is unlocked, and carrier free. When it comes out next month, it should be interesting to see how it sells.
The Nokia X2 is a pretty phone. At $135, it’s a real steal, and Microsoft knows that.