Nokia X2 is the Latest Cheap Phone from Microsoft

— June 25, 2014

Nokia X2 is the newest addition to the expanding Nokia X family of affordable smartphones designed to introduce the "next billion" people to the mobile Internet and cloud service. The device is meant to deliver an enhanced experience across apps, hardware and the user interface.

X2 has a sleek design with exchangeable back covers that fuse a brightly colored core with a translucent outer layer—making it durable and giving the appearance of being lit from within. Upgraded specs include a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, 5MP rear camera with autofocus and flash, and an 1800mAh battery with up to 23 days of standby time.

Microsoft Services
The Nokia X2 provides access to a number of Android apps and is a gateway to popular Microsoft services.

It will debut with Outlook.com, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded, with more available from the Nokia Store, including the Bing Search app.

New to the lineup of services include OneNote and Yammer—both are available to download free from the Nokia Store. OneNote allows users to create notes and save them to the cloud through OneDrive, while Yammer makes collaborating with people online as easy as posting to a social network. The device will also introduce new third-party titles such as LINE Ranger, Brewster and Findery. Instagram, WeChat, Skype, Benji Bananas Adventures and many more are now available on the redesigned Nokia Store.

"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-best-selling smartphone spot in India," said Timo Toikkanen, head of Mobile Phones, Microsoft Devices Group. "The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences. We’re proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points."

The Nokia X2 will be available initially as a dual-SIM device and will begin rolling out globally in July 2014 for € 99, about $135.

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