The Nokia X was one of the more interesting devices that we’ve seen the company make. Nokia created an entry-level Android smartphone, skinned it to resemble Windows Phone, called it the Nokia X and released it into the wild. While not popular in the US, it did fairly well in developing markets, which is exactly where it was intended to sell. Now Nokia is back for a second round just months later with the Nokia X2.
Like its predecessor, the Nokia X2 is intended to be an entry-level phone. It comes equipped with a 800×480 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera and 4GB internal storage supplemented by a microSD card slot. Pretty low-end, but it has an affordable price: the X2 will be sold for just €99 or about $135 US dollars, making it one of the cheapest smartphones on the market.
For that price, you could get a Moto E, which is arguably better. The Nokia X2 is aimed in a different way, though. It uses Nokia’s premium design combined with unique software to try and pull people into Microsoft’s web, thus later drawing them to Windows Phone. It’s a clever move, but we have yet to see it pay off for Microsoft in any big way.