Nokia X Launch Live Stream: Watch Nokia’s First Android Smartphone Unveiling Online

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By Rohit KVN | February 23, 2014 8:51 PM EST

In just about a few hours from now, the long-rumoured Nokia X aka Normandy Android smartphone will make its official debut in Barcelona, the city which is hosting the international electronics trade fair MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2014.

Though Nokia's MWC invitation sent out to the media mentions no significance to the event, the graphical teaser image of four black arrows forming the character 'X' in the green background gives away a strong hint that the rumored Nokia X smartphone is most likely to get launched in Barcelona.

Nokia has even offered to stream live webcast of the event from the company's official blog. The program is set to take off around 8:30am Barcelona local time on Monday, 24 February, (around 01:00pm IST). [To watch the event live, Click Here]

Why so much buzz around Nokia X?

Though numerous reports indicate that Nokia X would be an entry-level smartphone with very less to offer, it is garnering huge interest - not only among tech enthusiasts and fans but also among market analysts - mainly cause Nokia X is the Finnish company's first ever Android project, since it began producing handsets.

After abandoning the in-house built 'Symbian' platform, it went on to join hands with Microsoft to run its flagship Lumia series smartphones with Windows Phone OS. Now, Nokia, which is on the verge of getting acquired by Microsoft next month, is going ahead with the launch of a smartphone powered by rivals Android (Google). Many believe that Nokia is just testing the water, to get feedback from the public.

Key specifications:

According to reports, Nokia X is set to sport a 4.0-inch WVGA (800x480p) display and is powered by Snapdragon dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB inbuilt memory (expandable). It is also expected to house a 5.0-megapixel camera and a 1500 mAh battery.

Though Nokia X is said to run on the Android OS, users will not be able enjoy Google services like Google search, Google Play store, Google Maps. Instead these apps will be replaced by Bing search, AoL (Asha on Linux) app store, Here navigation respectively, reported BGR India.

Another key feature of the AoL platform on Nokia X is that it will feature Tile based interface like we see in the Windows Phone OS-powered smartphones.

Release details:

Going by the spec sheet, Nokia X may not head to developed nations like America but it is certain to get released in emerging markets like India, China, South-East Asia, South America and Africa.

According to BGR India, Nokia is said to go for a blitzkrieg marketing during the IPL (Indian Premiere League) season 7 cricket tournament in early April, to give publicity to the new Nokia X in the sub-continent.

Price details:

Earlier in the month, Vietnamese online seller 'Mai Nguyen' had reportedly revealed that the Nokia X would cost somewhere between 2.2 million to 2.5 million VND (Vietnamese Dong), approximately ₹6,500-to-₹7,380 (or $100).

[Also read: Nokia X aka Normandy Roundup]

Expected specifications of Nokia X (RM-980) aka Normandy:

Model

Nokia X (RM-980) aka Normandy

Display

4.0-inch WVGA (800x480p) screen

OS

Tweaked Android OS

Processor

1GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon series chipset

RAM

512MB

Storage capacity

4GB (expandable)

Camera

Main: 5.0-megapixel camera

Battery

1500 mAh

Add-ons

Dual-SIM, Nokia store apps with third party Android applications, microSD card slot

Colors

Black, Cyan, Green, Red, White and Yellow

Price

Between ₹6,500 and ₹7,380 [$100]

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The long-rumoured Nokia X aka Normandy Android smartphone is all set to finally see the light of the day at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2014.
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