Nokia made the big switch to Android announcing a series of handsets during the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The five handsets Nokia announced were all Android-based. According to analysts, the tech company wants to target the lower end market in the Western regions. Likewise, it also wants to be a part of the growing consumer base of Android. Can Nokia go up against top Android players like Samsung?
Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, described the X series as an approach for the "growth markets." The CEO confirmed that the Nokia X will be seen in all types of markets - though the lower end group of the western markets shows great growth potential. Some analysts think this is a strategy to get market in the developing world.
The Nokia X features an Android operating system offered starting at 89 euros. The device allows users to download both Nokia and Android apps including even a number of Windows services. The company assured the market that it will soon distribute the device worldwide. The focus now, however, is the developing markets.
The Nokia X smartphone comes with the following features:
- 4in WVGA (800 x 480) display.
- TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
- Aspect ratio: 15:9
- Pixel density: 233 ppi
- Display technology: IPS LCD
- Touch screen technology: Capacitive two-point touch
- SIM card type: Micro SIM
- Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM
- Charging connectors: Micro-USB
- AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
- Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4, dual-core 1 GHz processor
- RAM: 512 MB
- 4 GB storage
- System connectors: Micro-USB-B
- USB: USB 2.0
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
- Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
- WCDMA; GSM
- 1500 mAh battery
- Camera digital zoom: 4 x
- Sensor size: 1/5 inch
- Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
- Maximum memory card size: 32 GB
- Main camera sensor: 3 MP
- Camera resolution: 2048 x 1536 pixels
- Audio playback file formats: MP4, AAC, MP3, MIDI
- Stereo FM radio
- Camera video resolution: FWVGA (864 x 480)
- Camera video frame rate: 30 fps
- Camera video zoom: 4 x
- Video playback codecs: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-
- Video playback file formats: 3GP, MP4
Samsung also released its Galaxy S5 smartphone. People will have to wait until the market release of both devices to see if Nokia can go against the Korean tech giant.