updated 04:47 am EST, Mon February 24, 2014
Three Android devices in Nokia X range includes 4-inch, 5-inch models
Nokia has started its campaign at Mobile World Congress this morning by launching a total of five devices, with three running on Android. The Nokia 220 featurephone and Asha 230 were unveiled by the company, with the main launch this year being taken up by the rumored Nokia X, as well as a variant with more storage in the form of the Nokia X+, and a larger-screened version called the Nokia XL.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop with the Nokia X and Nokia XL
The Nokia X runs on the "Nokia X Software Platform," a heavily customized version of Android that appears to take a number of design cues from Windows Phone. Inside is a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, while the display is a 4-inch 800x480 IPS screen, and the fixed-focus rear camera uses a 3-megapixel sensor. The Nokia X+ is effectively the same device, except it ships with a 4GB microSD card for extra storage, and uses 768MB of RAM.
The larger Nokia XL has a similar-resolution 5-inch IPS display, and the same processor, RAM, and storage as the Nokia X+, though its increased size makes it 190g (6.7oz) to the Nokia X and XL's 128g (4.5oz). It also features a bigger 2,000Mah battery instead of the 1,500mAh in the smaller devices, and uses a rear 5-megapixel camera with autofocus with a front-facing 2-megapixel version.
Nokia is shipping the Nokia X immediately for 89 euro ($122) in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be shipping in the second quarter for 99 euro ($136) and 109 euro ($150) respectively.
The Asha 230 and the Nokia 220 are said to be devices aimed at people "experiencing the Internet for the first time. The Asha 230 offers a 2.8-inch QVGA display and a 1.3-megapixel rear camera, with a number of high-profile apps preloaded, including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and HERE Maps. The Asha 230 is priced at 45 euros ($61), and will be shipping immediately to the same regions as the Nokia X.
Nokia Asha 230
Rounding out the list, the Nokia 220 is declared as the company's lowest-priced data-enabled phone, costing 29 euro ($39). It has a 2.4-inch display, a collection of pre-loaded apps, and a standby time of up to up to 29 days. Single and dual-SIM versions of the device are said to be shipping immediately, again to the same locations.