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Microsoft launches first Android smartphone called Nokia X2

The new smartphone will be available only in select European markets and will cost only $135 without a carrier contract.
By Ananth Baliga   |   June 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

REDMOND, Wash., June 24 (UPI) -- Microsoft launched its first Android smartphone called Nokia X2, a successor of the Nokia X launched in February at the Mobile World Congress 2014.

The new smartphone, Nokia's first since it was acquired by Microsoft, is another in the company's line of affordable, entry-level, Android-run smartphones. The 4.3-inch, dual sim and 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor smartphone will cost €99, or $135, without a contract.

"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." said Timo Toikkanen, head of Mobile Phones, Microsoft Devices Group.

The phones will be available only in select European markets in green, orange and black models, with yellow, white, and dark grey models expected to be launched at a later date.

The phone uses a version of Google's Android OS but not a version most Android users will be familiar with. The smartphone will use Nokia's own Nokia X Software Platform 2.0, a mix between Nokia's Asha line and low-end Windows phones, using the latter's tile-based interface and the former's user-friendly features.

Users will also get Microsoft and Nokia services, like Outlook, Skype, and OneDrive on the phone, which now offers 15GB of free cloud-based storage.

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