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Hints of June 24 Nokia X2 smartphone surface

A countdown on Nokia's website indicates that Microsoft's newest acquisition has something in store for us on June 24.

Gee, Nokia, what could you be hinting at? Nokia

Microsoft could debut its successor to Nokia's X smartphone as soon as next week, or so we might infer from Nokia's Conversations blog, still active after the acquisition.

A picture and a countdown posted on the hardware maker's website tell us that something is expect to launch in but a few days' time. As to what isn't overly obvious, clues and a bunch of green suggest a new Android-powered handset. And if you follow this space closely, you'll know this means the so-called X2 is in order.

According to recently discovered specifications, the second-gen Android-based smartphone figures to up the ante ever so slightly from the current model. Details may include a 4.3-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM.

While these specifications won't necessarily make tech-savvy smartphone users "green with envy", it may matter little to Microsoft-purchased Nokia. Based on what we've seen thus far, it appears Nokia may want to play in the Moto E sandbox. In other words, look for the X2 to cater more to emerging markets than to established ones.

The countdown expires on Tuesday morning, so be sure to check back with CNET for early reactions to the news.