At Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced several Android powered devices. These devices are believed to have already been in the pipeline around the time that Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia took place. Microsoft will likely not have Nokia build anymore Android devices in the near future since they are investing a lot of time and money into the Windows Phone platform.
Microsoft?s Corporate Vice President of Communications Frank X. Shaw wrote this in a blog post about the Nokia X Android devices:
Nokia held its press conference earlier Monday. They announced a number of new devices from their Mobile Phone division including Nokia X, which will compete with Android devices in the affordable smartphone category and introduce the Microsoft cloud to a new set of customers in growth markets.
There?s been lots of speculation about what this announcement means for Microsoft and about our pending acquisition of Nokia?s Devices and Services business. Here are a couple of points to put things into context.
First, our transaction with Nokia has not yet closed. Today, we operate as two independent companies as required by antitrust law, and we will until the acquisition is complete. The anticipated close timeframe for the acquisition remains end of the first quarter of 2014.
Second, we?re pleased to see Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and Outlook.com being introduced on these devices. This provides the opportunity to bring millions of people, particularly in growth markets, into the Microsoft family. The Skype team on Monday announced an offer in select markets for the first customers who purchase a Nokia X, one month of Skype?s Unlimited World Subscription. Read the Skype blog for more details.
The three handsets in the Nokia X range are the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL. The first two devices have a 4-inch display and the Nokia XL has a 5-inch display. The Nokia X runs people through the Microsoft cloud rather than the Google cloud. Here are the prices/specs:
Nokia X: $122 – 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 resolution), 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, microSD support, 5-megapixel camera, 1500mAh battery, Android OS.
Nokia X+: $136 – Similar specs as the X, but more storage and memory
Nokia XL: $150 – 5-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL will be available in several color varieties.