The Nokia X is the company’s first Android smartphone offering, and it was released years after consumers started demanding an Android smartphone from Nokia. However, it turned out to be completely different from what consumers and experts expected. It runs a completely customised version of Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean that integrates Microsoft’s services. It features a 4.0-inch IPS LCD display, a 3.15-megapixel camera, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage unit, storage expansion slot, and a 1,500 mAh battery.
The device, which is made up of colourful polycarbonate material, follows the popular design principle of Lumia devices with some slight changes as the corners are relatively sharper. The front of the device is fairly simple – the display, a physical back button, the company’s logo, and an earpiece. Both, the power key and the volume rocker are present on the right hand side of the device. The microUSB port as at the bottom and the auxiliary headphone jack is at the top of the device. The whole back panel wraps around the display, and is removable as it has to be used for accessing SIM card slot, memory card slot, and the removable battery. The device’s dimensions are 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm and it weighs 128.7 grams. It is available in six colours – black, cyan, green, red, white, and yellow – in India.
The IPS LCD display is diagonally 4-inches long and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, resulting in 233 pixels per inch of sharpness. Surprisingly, this two-point multitouch capacitive display is not covered by strengthened material. There’s only one camera on the Nokia X, even though all its competitors come with two cameras. The camera has a resolution of 3.15 megapixels, but it lacks autofocus as well as LED flash. Needless to say that it can’t record videos in HD resolution. The 1/5-inch camera sensor supports face-detection and panorama modes however.
Nokia’s custom UI that is used in this smartphone is known as Nokia X Platform. The device comes with Nokia X Platform 1.0 out of the box that is based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but it can be upgraded to Nokia X Platform 22.214.171.124 through a software update. The whole UI is inspired by what they call FastLane and Windows Phone. There’s no home screen to speak of as the application launcher is divided into two parts; an app cum widget launcher and a section that merges notifications and open apps. The app launcher looks similar to the Start Screen from Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system as the icons appear like Live Tiles. Nokia X Platform is now defunct.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play (MSM8225) manages the show with its 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 203 GPU, and 512MB RAM. There’s 4GB of ROM and a microSD card slot for storage expansion (compatible with up to 32GB). It’s a dual-SIM smartphone, and both the SIM card slots are compatible with GSM networks. It supports maximum theoretical download and upload speeds of 7.2Mbps and 5.7Mbps respectively. There’s Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, and microUSB port. A-GPS takes care of location identifying and navigational needs of a user. Nokia acted pretty miserly in providing sensors to the X. It comes with only accelerometer and proximity sensor. After fully charging its 1,500 mAh battery (Nokia BN-01), the device is claimed by the company to last up to 406 hours of standby time, 10 hours and 30 minutes of 3G talk-time, or 26 hours of continuous music playback.