Unboxing Nokia X; Half Android half Microsoft

We witnessed the unveiling of the latest Nokia smartphone today, the Nokia X has been launched in the Philippine market with its official colorful line up (ala iPhone 5c? Lol!). The Nokia X feels really solid housed on a polycarbonate body that presents itself more of a premium built assembly but will be sold on the mass market. Inside the hood is 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and a 4G eMMC internal memory expandable via microSD. The shooter is a 3MP with fixed focus feature. No front “selfie” camera on the Nokia X.  The 4-inch LCD WVGA display has 800 x 480 pixels and weighs 128.66g.

The Nokia X and its siblings was launched at the Mobile World Congress 2014 last February 24 in Barcelona, Spain.

Colorful line up – Nokia X will be available in four colors – white, green, red and blue.

The package looks quite simple and you will find one missing item – the micro USB cable. It uses the Nokia classic charger, a manual and warranty card and a colorful Coloud Pop headset, too.

Feels really solid holding it, the Nokia X has replaceable casing and battery with 1,500mAH. It also uses two micro-SIM and the micro-SD slot is in between the SIM card slots.

The externals of Nokia X looks really simple with the volume rocker and power button conveniently located on the right side, on top is the 3.5mm audio port, and at the button is the micro-USB port for charging.


The UI
Its a forked Android, so expect a half cooked Android functionality on the Nokia X, but hey its a welcome development. To make it easier, Nokia has pre-installed the most installed apps like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Viber, Opera, WeChat and a few number of games. Although there is a taste of Android on the Nokia X, user experience is more a Windows Phone 8.

There is only one capacitive button that works as home and back button. Swiping to the left or right from the main screen brings up the recent activities and recently opened apps.

My initial impression is that the Nokia X presents itself as a premium looking smartphone, the body looks really stable however what stuffed inside will be a different story altogether. You will have to get used to the new UI and the OS. And there is real bad news for the Android users in town. You can’t login your Google account to sync your contacts and calendar with Nokia X, plus you will not find Google Play in it. You have to learn to side load your other Android apps.

Nokia X official specs
– 4.inch WVGA capacitive screen with 800 x 480 pixels
– 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor
– 3G
– 512 MB RAM
– 4G eMMC, expandable via microSD
– Nokia X Software Platform
– dual-SIM
– 1,500 mAH battery

We got hold of the white version of the Nokia X (everybody went home with one unit courtesy of Nokia Philippines), so we will have a review coming up in a few days.

Available now with SRP of P5,990.

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