The Nokia X smartphone has broken cover again, this time in photo form and showing off the strange amalgamation of Android OS shaped to the ‘Live Tile’ format previously reserved for Windows Phones such as the Nokia Lumia range.
Nokia’s first foray into the Android market will be unveiled publically at the Mobile World Congress next week (Feb 24-27) and the Nokia X is expected to be a budget affair running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with 4” touch screen with 800 x 480 display, 1.2GHz dual core CPU, 512MB of RAM. The former Nokia Normandy will also include 4GB of internal storage will be available with a micro SD card slot for expansion, plus a 5-megapixel rear camera and dual-SIM potential.
The leaked images confirm, in the flesh, the look of the handset and the home screen layout. Despite the bold decision to dabble with Android as the OS of choice for the Nokia X, the company has chosen not to distance this low-key handset from early models when it comes to user interface and users of recent Nokia handsets will recognise the heavy influence of the Windows Phone OS throughout.
Nokia has even decided to drop Android staple apps such as Maps and strangely even the Play Store appears missing in action.
We await the official launch of the Nokia X, and the Finnish co.’s explanation of the mish-mash OS/UI, at the Mobile World Congress from next Monday.