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Is The Nokia X2 A Cheap Trick?

Microsoft's first venture into Android phones is very different to anything we've ever seen before

Is The Nokia X2 A Cheap Trick?

Things we thought we’d never ever write an article about: A spaceship landing on the sun; Kim Kardashian becoming president; and Nokia releasing a new phone that isn’t totally terrible. Well, one of these has actually come true, and it doesn't involve any of the Kardashians.

Although many people (including us) expected the Nokia Android experiment to quickly be culled after Microsoft’s takeover of the company in February, it seems that maybe the new Mr Microsoft Satya Nadella has had a change of heart (or financial inspiration). A follow up to the Nokia X has been released, almost identical to its predecessor and appropriately named the X2.

Hoping to capture a whole new audience of smartphone users with its 99Euro ($135) price tag (and that’s without contract!), Microsoft hopes to encourage smartphone use in developing countries and build up a following to the phone brand. But with Moto E following the same premise, the Nokia X2 has separated its generic Android self by making use of Microsoft’s software. The OS has been heavily modified to look like the interface of a Windows phone, so much so that it is unrecognisable from Google’s standard offering. It also includes OneDrive, Outlook, some Xbox games as well as Android apps, which can be downloaded from third party stores, all wrapped up in a sturdy Nokia shell. The 4.3-inch device is fitted with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 15GB of storage space, a 1,800mAh battery and a 5MP camera - decent specs for a phone that retails at for less than triple figures. With a larger screen and heftier processor than its older brother, the extra RAM should speed up performance times while the home screen button should make using the X2 a lot easier (why they decided this wasn’t an essential in the first place I don’t know). Other new features include Nokia’s ‘fastlane’, which is personalised for you and allows easy access to your calendar schedule and most used apps, just by swiping right. However, the statement colours of the X remain, with options including fluorescent green, orange and yellow or the not so eye-popping white, black or grey.

Due to its release in areas such as Asia, South America, Western Europe and the Middle East, the smartphone will have dual SIM card capabilities, so users can switch between personal, business and international accounts simply by swiping.

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