Nokia’s rumoured “X phone” Android device could launch in March


The rumour mill has been on an overdrive as far as rumours about this budget Android-powered Nokia device goes. To add more to that, we have a date: sometime in March. Yes it is not as definitive as we may want but with rumours comes extreme vagueness. We’re not limited to just blurry images of purported devices but apparently blurry dates too.

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The source of the rumours is said to be from Nokia India and looking at the sales numbers of members of Nokia’s Asha range of smartphones devices and its entry level Lumias like the 520, there’s no doubt that India ranks high amongst countries Nokia will likely push the budget Android device to.

The Nokia X’s rumoured specifications are:

  • Display: 4 inch (800 x 480 pixels) WVGA
  • Processor: unnamed Qualcomm-made dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 4GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card)
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 1500 mAh
  • Others: dual SIM

We’ve seen purpoted screenshots of a heavily forked version of Android that the device will pack. Though we’re not which Android version that is in particular, since this has been a project ongoing at Nokia for a while and bearing in mind the efforts that go into forking Android, I won’t be surprised if it is based on a dated Android Jelly Bean build like 4.1.2 or 4.2.2. Though Android 4.4 KitKat is optimized for low specced devices, I won’t encourage anyone to expect it here.

Note that these are just rumours, with Microsoft’s complete acquisition of Nokia almost done, you never know what is in store for projects that Nokia was pushing through with independently. Earlier reports suggested  that Nokia had abandoned Project N (the Android phone) in favour of wearables but that was quickly put behind by persistent leaks pointing the other way. It is not the first time we’re hearing this. Last time rumours abound that Nokia won’t proceed with its then rumoured ‘Sirius’ tablet (Lumia 2520 today) since it would be a direct competitor of Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet but Nokia went ahead and announced the Windows RT-powered tablet a month later.


Additional info source: GoAndroid