A set of specifications for an Android-based Nokia X2DS leaked online this week, providing clues about how Microsoft could lead its newly acquired Nokia smartphone business.
Details listed on the AnTuTu benchmark website show that the so-called Nokia X2 could have a 4.3-inch display with 480x800 resolution, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 4GB internal storage.
Powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean using Android's open-source build (AOSP), the handset could also pack in a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB RAM.
These are minor improvements over the currentphone that we saw at Mobile World Congress this past February, but the extension of Nokia's original plan to push deeper into emerging markets. The first generation Android-powered Nokia was not designed to compete at the high end, and so far, its successor isn't any different.
Going forward, it looks like Microsoft will carry on the strategy of using the Nokia X line of phones to scoop up fringe users who are looking for the best of both world -- the ability to use (vetted) Android apps while also getting a study, affordable phone with a strong software ecosystem. This is the sort of device that will compete with theand . And why not? The buzz surrounding those handsets is quite positive.
As the price continues to drop for our entry-level smartphones and customers break away from contracts,. Nokia is known for producing great hardware, while the Android platform is by far the most popular mobile OS. Tie-ins to Microsoft's own ecosystem also rounds out the offering, putting Microsoft in a unique position indeed.
It isn't clear what Microsoft's long-term strategy is with its newly-bought hardware line, but we hope the company isn't afraid of a little experimentation.