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Nokia's launching of an Android smartphone at MWC 2014 comes as a surprise. And basing on some tech analysts' comments, this "surprise" comes with a negative slant. More like the "What were they thinking?" kind. In fact, Mashable called this development as akin to hell freezing over.
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"Nokia just did the unthinkable: The company, such a reliable Windows Phone partner that Microsoft is acquiring most of it, has unveiled an Android phone, the Nokia X," Mashable reported.
However, at the same time, the Nokia X isn't your "run-of-the-mill Android handset." It's a "budget" model and it also is "built on the open source version of the Android operating system," CNN noted.
"Nokia X is a new affordable smartphone family from Nokia. X stands for 'crossover' between Microsoft cloud, Android apps and Nokia. When we say family, we really mean it. During 2014 you'll see a number of products arriving in this family," explained Jussi Nevanlinna, VP of marketing for Nokia's phones.
It is worth noting that Google Play and other Google services are not included in the new phone's OS. Instead, the likes of Yandex and other third-party app stores are preloaded in the said model. These stores are said to be frequently more popular than Google Play in the countries Nokia has targeted. Also, Nokia has also included its own app store, the Nokia store, in their latest smartphone.
"Spec-wise, the Nokia X is a low-end phone. It packs a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and it has 512MB of RAM. Storage is a mere 4GB, but you can augment it with a microSD card. The four-inch screen has a resolution of 480 x 800, and the camera only has three megapixels. This being a phone for the developing market, it's capable of holding dual SIM cards," Mashable said.
Nokia X will be released in China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Middle East, Western Europe, and South America early in March this year.