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So the rumors were true. Despite being a long-time parter of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, and despite being outright purchased by the Redmond company last fall, Nokia has been working on an Android strategy. And tonight, it unveiled that strategy to the world.

At its Mobile World Congress press event in Barcelona, the Finnish handset-maker introduced not one, but three new Android phones: the X, X+ and XL. The X and X+ both have 4-inch displays, and similar specs, and as you’d imagine the XL has a larger 5-inch display…

As far as hardware goes, these phones aren’t comparatively impressive. The X and X+ each have a 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480), a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, a 5MP camera and a 1500mAh battery.

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The X+ differentiates itself in that it offers more storage and more memory. The XL appears to have similar stats as the X+, including the 5-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, except that it has a larger 5-inch WVGA IPS display (resolution not available yet).

Looking at the software, most people would probably have a hard time telling it’s Android. That’s because it’s not really Android, but more of a forked version of the mobile operating system. It’s a lot like Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices—theres no visible Google or Android badging.

In fact, it appears that everything is going to hook into Nokia and Microsoft apps and services: Nokia’s stock apps and Android app store, and Microsoft’s cloud and search services. Nokia has also installed its Fastlane UI for quickly navigating between social networks and messages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pdTuFWbcNI

The whole thing makes for an interesting move—one that could have major implications for Nokia, Microsoft and the rest of the mobile landscape. I mean, you have to wonder what Microsoft thinks about this, as its mobile Windows Phone platform continues to struggle in major markets.

Anyway, if you’re interested, the handsets will be offered in a variety of colors and launch in various markets starting immediately. The Nokia X will cost €89 ($122), the Nokia X+ €99 ($136) and the Nokia XL will unsurprisingly be the most expensive device in the family at €109 ($150).

So, what do you think of Nokia’s new Android handsets?

Photos via The Verge

  • SamDS

    im kinda into it, although i don’t understand why they didn’t just stick with WP8

    • WP8 market is very very limited and people who buy windows phone get disappointed with that and return it. Like my friends second dad did.

  • Cesar Martinez

    I think the only good thing here is the price tag, and even that.. 4gb storage? That’s too little.

    • I have and worse. I own a Goophone i5c and that comes with a 4G ROM which ends up being 1GB for Apps and 1GB of internal storage. Its a nightmare to live on that.

      • deepdvd

        Yeah, especially since it’s “ROM” (read-only)
        What a nightmare.

      • ROM? You mean NAND space? Sucks to have only very little for apps

    • BozzyB

      if you invest 25$ you can put a 64 GB microSD into it.

      • Cesar Martinez

        Well can you use that storage for apps?

      • Asiz Koju

        Yes you can move apps to sd card. Not all but number of apps support this features. And BTW apps on android are not that huge as of iphone, its data that make it huge and you can save these data on the SD card as well so you can take benefit of 64 gig sd card.

  • Windows Phone UI on android? 😐 I would get it and install stock android on it.

  • JeffIsMyFavorite

    that is of very ewwwww phone stick to of very iphen 6 #yus #rt

  • Arsanny Lintang

    Since they unveiled this phone, I feel so disappointed with Nokia, WP8 is much better and for my opinion it’s really easy to use since i’ve used windows phone before and it’s amazing and much better than Samsung.

  • jack

    As Cook said.. “Our competition is different.. They arr confused”. Lol bulseye

  • Bangali

    I think these will do well because they give people who cant afford/don’t want to spend on the top end devices with VERY affordable smartphones – although I would like to see a full spec nokia android soon..

  • Fix Focus Camera??? DOA!

  • iBanks

    Even if Nokia had iOS running on it, it still wouldn’t succeed. It doesn’t really matter what OS they are running.

  • Rowan09

    Microsoft makes money on every Android device sold but how would a forked version of Android help the Nokia line sales? Amazon doesn’t make an OS so I understand their situation but with Microsoft this doesn’t make any sense at all.

  • Andy

    At 0:03 in the video, it looks like it supports dual sim cards. Too bad the specs on this phone are so low. It would be interesting if they created a high-end phone to compete with the likes of HTC and Samsung. Unfortunately, Nokia’s Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president of mobile phones,
    firmly stated that the company’s Android plans will remain focused on
    the emerging markets.

  • Dan

    meh, something along the lines of lumia 1020 with stock android, now that would be interesting. Not this garbage.

    • Prasoon Singh

      Maybe devs will find a way to root it and make custom roms for it.

  • Jason Baroni

    It is Android with the Windows Skin… the point turns more to Microsoft than the consumer once the company want to provide more apps as Google has it on the Play Store. It is a smart move from Microsoft and a chance took by Google. Nokia’s consumers have to choose between Windows Phone (better specs) and Android (more apps).

    • Carlos Gomes

      It’s more than a skin, as regular android apps are not compatible with these models.

      • Jason Baroni

        It is more sort of. The big deal here is not for the consumer, but for Google and Microsoft. Both are doing great on this.

      • BozzyB

        Thats not correct. You can install any Android app and it is Android 4.1.2 with a theme and other launcher. Thats why they put Android on it to have access to the enormous number of apps. Only the Google Play Store is not on it but you can use the Nokia or any other Android app store.

  • TwinSon

    Pathetic. To be truthful, I only know of one person who uses a Windows Phone. They should have focused on making a better Windows Phone with Microsoft as opposed of this low spec mash up. This thing won’t sell. Just another reason why I stick with iOS Devices. Apple doesn’t compromise and is always looking to improve all aspects of the devices they push, even if it means we have to wait longer for some features.

    • Jason Baroni

      I don’t think it is going to sell too. We have to wait to see what Satya Nadella is planing for this year now. I hope they invest more on their plataform too. We gotta see.

  • Sokrates

    iPhone 6.

  • Luis Martinez

    Did anyone else look at the tech specs and just LOL like I did? The best part was comparing all 3 models seeing virtually no change outside the RAM and Battery, of course the 1″ difference in size.

    I understand it is not suppose to be a high end phone but still…