By EMEKA AGINAM
Committed to delivering compelling introduction to second-generation devices and software platform, Microsoft devices group yesterday unveiled the Nokia X2, the newest addition to the expanding Nokia X family of affordable smart phones.
To be available initially as a dual-SIM device globally next month, the smart device was designed to introduce the “next billion” people to the mobile Internet and cloud services.
The new product which debuts the next-generation Nokia X Software Platform 2.0 and major enhancements to the user interface, represents the rapid evolution of the Nokia X family, delivering an enhanced experience across apps, hardware and the user interface.
“The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength, with the Nokia X smartphone achieving top-selling status in Pakistan, Russia, Kenya and Nigeria, while earning the third-best-selling smartphone spot in India,” Timo Toikkanen, head of Mobile Phones, Microsoft Devices Group., explained , adding that, “The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences. We’re proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points.”
The new product offers stunning design, a more visually striking Fastlane, more Microsoft services, and upgraded specifications including a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display and 5MP rear camera with autofocus and flash.
At a suggested retail price of just 99 euros, the Nokia X2 which will be available at launch in glossy orange, black and green, with glossy yellow, white and matte dark grey is a compelling choice for a new generation of smartphone buyers.
Like the Nokia X, the new product provides access to a world of Android apps and popular Microsoft services, while allowing people to switch between their favorite apps with the Fastlane feature.
The new device delivers an even more intuitive, smoother user experience powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor featuring a dual core 1.2Ghz CPU and 1 GB of RAM.
People can choose between three types of screens to facilitate navigation: the colorful “home” with resizable tiles; Fastlane to access recent apps and future calendar items; and a new Lumia-inspired apps list, from which people can pin items to the home screen.
A pull-down notifications tab also allows people to glance at connectivity options as well as actionable items, such as software updates available for download. A new home key and visual multitasking complete the experience.
As a gateway to Microsoft services, the device is driving strong uptake of services such as Skype and OneDrive, while complementing the Lumia family of smartphones.
New-to-the-lineup services including OneNote and Yammer are also available to download free from the Nokia Store.
OneNote allows people to create notes and save them to the cloud through OneDrive, while Yammer makes collaborating with people online as easy as posting to a social network.
The option to automatically back up the camera roll to OneDrive takes full advantage of 15 GB of free cloud storage now available through the service, for safeguarding photos, videos, documents and more.
The Nokia X2 will also introduce new third-party titles such as LINE Ranger, Brewster and Findery. Instagram, WeChat, Skype, Benji Bananas Adventures and many more are already available on the redesigned, easy-to-navigate Nokia Store — the place for finding the highest-quality Android apps for the Nokia X family.
Stunning, distinctive design
The Nokia X2 features a seamless monobody and showcases a new approach to the design of the exchangeable back covers that fuses a brightly colored core with a translucent outer layer. The overall result is a durable device that appears lit from within.