Nokia unveils sub-£100 X2 smartphone

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Latest addition to ‘X’ portfolio to run a variant of the Android operating system that has been modified to look like a Windows Phone interface 

Nokia has unveiled its X2 smartphone, the latest in its line running a hybrid Android-Windows Phone operating system.

The device will be available initially as a dual-SIM device and will begin rolling out globally next month for €99 (£80). Nokia was unable to confirm if it would be released in the UK.

The latest addition comes just four months after Nokia announced the launch of the X, X+ and XL handsets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Like those devices, the X2 will run a variant of the Android operating system that has been modified to look like a Windows Phone interface.

Powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, it has a 4.5-inch touchscreen five megapixel autofocus camera with flash, 1GB of RAM and a 1,800mAh battery that provides up to 10 hours talk time on 2G and 13 hours on 3G.

The device debuts the Nokia X Software Platform 2.0. Here, users can choose between three types of screens to facilitate navigation: ‘Home’ with resizable tiles, ‘Fastlane’ to access recent apps and future calendar items, and a new apps list where people can pin items to the home screen.

A pull-down notifications tab also allows users to glance at connectivity options as well as actionable items, such as software updates available for download. There is also a new home key below the touchscreen, located next to the back button.

Microsoft Devices Group head of mobile phones Timo Toikkanen said: “The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength, with the Nokia X smartphone achieving top-selling status in Pakistan, Russia, Kenya and Nigeria, while earning the third beat-selling smartphone spot in India. We’re proud to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points.”

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