Nokia X family of devices official, run Android beneath custom user interfaceAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop today introduced the Nokia X family, which includes the oft-leaked Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. All three devices are built on Android and feature a custom Nokia user experience that includes a Windows Phone-like user interface with resizable tiles and FastLane, which gives users a quick way to switch between apps. While the Nokia X family won't include Google apps or services, they will have a Nokia Store for apps as well as third-party markets. Users can also sideload apps onto the Nokia X hardware.
Moving onto the hardware, the Nokia X is the entry-level member of this Android family. It sports a 4-inch 800x480 IPS display, 512MB of RAM and 3-megapixel rear camera. The Nokia X+ includes the same 4-inch display and 3-megapixel shooter, but the X+ bumps up its RAM to 768MB and comes with a 4GB microSD card. Finally, the Nokia XL is the biggest of the bunch thanks to its 5-inch 800x480 display. Also included with the Nokia XL is 768MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. All three phones are powered by 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 processors.
So when can you get your hands on the long-rumored Nokia Android phone? How does right now sound? Nokia says that the Nokia X will be available immediately in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The X will be available in green, black, white, yellow, cyan and red color options at a price of €89 ($122 USD). The Nokia X+ will be offered in the same color options starting in Q2 for €99 ($136 USD). The Nokia XL will hit in Q2 with green, black, white, yellow, cyan and bright orange duds at a price of €109 ($149 USD).
Nokia also took the time to touch on its strategy now that it's added a new family of products to its lineup. The Finnish firm says that its Windows Phone-powered Lumia models will continue to be its primary smartphone focus, while the Nokia X family will serve growth markets and will generally be priced lower than the Lumia models. Nokia will also offer its Asha smartphones and feature phones.
Speaking of Asha and feature phones, Nokia today also introduced one new member of each of those families. The Nokia Asha 230 features a 2.8-inch 320x240 touchscreen on its face, microSD card slot and a battery that's rated to last 33 days in standby. Nokia plans to offer both single-SIM and dual-SIM versions of the Asha 230. Available in bright red, yellow, bright green, white, black and cyan color options, the Asha 230 is available now at a price of €45 ($59 USD).
Finally, we come to the Nokia 220. This feature phone is focused on connecting more people to the Internet using its Nokia Xpress browser with integrated Bing search. It also comes with Twitter and Facebook apps as well as an MP3 player and FM radio. The dual-SIM Nokia 220 is rated to last 24 days in standby, while the single-SIM stretches that to 29 days. Other Nokia 220 specs include a 2.4-inch screen, 2-megapixel camera and microSD card slot. The Nokia 220 is available now in red, black, white, yellow and cyan and, as you might expect, it's got an affordable price tag of €29 ($39 USD).
Nokia has posted two videos that show the Nokia X family and Nokia 220 in action. Both of those clips, as well as a gallery with images of all of Nokia's new hardware, are available below.