The Nokia X was showcased in China during the launch of a store, and some of its press renders were leaked as well. Now, the first X series Android smartphone from HMD Global has appeared in a leaked hands-on video, showcasing the phone’s design in full. The video was posted on Chinese social networking website Weibo, and it also shows the details of the Nokia X launch event that’s set to happen in China.
The company had teased a possible comeback of Nokia N series smartphones, and many consumers were expecting the company to announce an N series device on April 27, but that didn’t happen. However, the existence of Nokia X shows that the company is not afraid to launch new smartphones series. However, this new Nokia X smartphone shouldn’t be confused with the original Nokia X which was launched a few years ago with weak hardware and heavily customised Android operating system. Let’s have a look at the Nokia X’s leaked hands-on video.
Nokia X: Hands-On Video Leak
The 12-second video first shows the placard which mentions Nokia X, and then focusses on the device’s front and the rear design. The phone appears to have a glass-and-metal sandwich design, much like most high-end smartphones these days. The phone has a bezel-less screen and an iPhone X like display cutout. At the rear, it uses a vertically-placed dual-camera setup and a fingerprint reader below it. The phone passed through the CCC certification process in China with model number TA-1099.
Nokia X: Features, Specifications
The Nokia X is expected to feature a 5.8-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution (2280×1080 pixels), 19:9 aspect ratio, edge-to-edge coverage, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. No matter how much we hate the screen notch, it appears that after Apple took the bold step to use it in the iPhone X, it’s here to stay since it has been accepted by smartphone consumers. The phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo, and come in two possible variants, one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 6GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage, and the other with a MediaTek Helio P60 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. Both variants with have a microSD card slot for further storage expansion.
The Nokia X will feature a 12MP+12MP dual-camera setup at the rear with phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, Carl ZEISS lens, and 4K video recording. Since there’s a dual-camera setup, it will most probably feature a mode which can capture images with background blur for a DSLR-like effect. The front-facing camera on the smartphone can capture 5MP selfies and record Full HD (1080p) videos. Connectivity options on the phone include GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio, 4G LTE, dual-SIM card slot, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint reader as well for data protection and user authentication. The phone is expected to come packed with a 3500mAh battery and support for some form of rapid charging mechanism.
Nokia X: Launch Date, Expected Price in India
The Nokia X will be launched by HMD Global in China on May 16, 2017. Whether or not the phone will be launched in India remains to be seen, though. The phone is expected to carry a price tag of anywhere between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 25,000. It should be priced more than the Nokia 6 (2018) and lower than the price of the Nokia 7 Plus.
Unlike last year’s smartphone offerings from Nokia-branded HMD Global smartphones, the company’s smartphones for this year are more impressive, and come with decently powerful hardware and improved cameras. Moreover, all new phones launched by the company are compliant with the Android One programme, so they’ll receive faster Android version updates as well as security patches.