Nokia launches Android-Powered X Smartphone for Rs 8,599; Is it a good buy?

Nokia has recently announced a new range of smartphones in its portfolio which already had Asha and Lumia lineup. Dubbed as X family, it sits right between the Asha and the Lumia devices which targeted the low-end and the entry-level to high-end range.

Nokia X

Brief specifications of Nokia X

As told earlier, the Nokia X is a budget device and thus offers similar specs. It features a 4-inch display with the resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor along with a 512MB RAM. For storage, it has 4GB memory with expandable memory via microSD card. It has 3MP fixed-focus camera at the back, but no front-facing camera. It comes with a 1,500 mAh battery.

More than hardware, the interesting part is that the Nokia X is based on open-source Android, called as Nokia X software platform.

Price and availability of the Nokia X

The smartphone goes on sale starting today with the asking price of Rs 8,599.

What about other smartphone in the series?

Along with the Nokia X, its siblings include the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Company has mentioned that they will be available to buy in the next 60 days.

Is it worth the price?

This is the most important part for anyone to consider. On one hand, this is the handset that everyone was asking for. A device with Nokia’s reliable hardware coupled with the functionality of Android. But there are some caveats in this ideal situation-

1)      The device doesn’t run Android like other companies, it has forked it to offer WP interface and has support for Microsoft services. There’s Fastlane interface like the Nokia Asha devices showing recently opened apps and notifications in one screen.

2)      There’s no Google Play Store in the device, you’ve to download apps from the Nokia App Store. You can also sideload apps in it.

3)      Instead of the Nokia X, the Nokia Lumia 520 seems a better choice offering little better configuration at slightly cheaper price.

4)      If you want to go for Android itself, devices from Indian manufacturers have much better specs.

5)      However, in the end, the Nokia X manages to impress with its good build quality and ability to install Android apps, although in a limited form. You also get 10GB free OneDrive storage and free streaming or downloading in Nokia MixRadio.