Last week, Microsoft sent out teasers across the tech media and it was clear that the software giant will be launching the Nokia X2 smartphone at the event. As speculated, the Nokia X2 based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has gone official for a price tag of $99. It arrives with quality hardware, improved performance and popular services such as Fastlane. While it is known for sure that the handset arrives with many enhancements as opposed to its predecessor – the Nokia X, here is a comprehensive spec comparison between the two smartphones for your reference.
Display and Processor
The Nokia X2 flaunts a relatively larger 4.3 inch ClearBlack LCD display boasting resolution of 480×800 pixels translating to an average pixel density of 217 pixels per inch. Furthermore, this display panel is scratch resistant and it arrives with double tap to wake feature. On the other hand, the Nokia X is given a 4 inch IPS LCD panel that features a similar resolution resulting in a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. The displays on both the handsets feature brightness control to render good user experience. Obviously, with the ClearBlack display technology, the Nokia X2 becomes readable under direct sunlight as this tech uses a sequence of polarizing layers to eliminate reflections
When it comes to the raw hardware segment, Nokia X2 is stuffed with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset supplemented with 1 GB of RAM that is becoming a common aspect of the low-end and mid-range smartphones. In comparison, the Nokia X equips a Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset housing 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A15 processor paired with 512 MB of RAM. Obviously, the 1 GB of RAM in the current generation model will pave way for better multi-tasking and smooth performance.
Camera and Internal Storage
On the photography department, Nokia X2 features a better 5 MP camera at its back with flash and auto focus. Also on board is a front-facing VGA snapper that can help in making video calls of basic quality. Going by comparison, the previous generation model has a basic 3.15 MP primary snapper that has WVGA video recording ability at 480p and can shoot panorama shots. There is no front-facing camera on the handset, which is a major problem for those who look forward to make video calls.
The storage requirements of both the handsets are handled by the low 4 GB of internal storage space that can be further expanded by another 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card. Hence, there is no difference between the two in this segment.
Battery and Features
There is a 1,800 mAh battery in the X2 that is claimed by the firm to deliver up to 4 hours of net browsing time. The Nokia X houses a 1,500 mAh battery under its hood that is rated to deliver up to 10.5 hours of talk time on 3G, 13.5 hours of talk time on 2G and 408 hours of standby time.
In terms of software, the Nokia X runs on AOSP based on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. Being the successor, the Nokia X2 will be based on AOSP that is based on an advanced build – Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Apart from this, the Nokia X2 receives free 15 GB of storage space on OneDrive. Both the handsets include the Fastlane, HERE Maps navigation feature, MixRadio and other social networking applications such as Line, WeChat, Facebook, Path and others. There is support for the Nokia Glance feature as well.
Besides all these additions, the Nokia X2 features two buttons – Home and Back, whereas its predecessor came only with the Back button. The inclusion of the Home button renders efficient multi-tasking as the users can simply tap on it rather than long pressing the back button. The Nokia X2 is also equipped the new apps list feature that keeps the home screen clear for the frequently used apps.
|Model||Nokia X2||Nokia X|
|Display||4.3 inch, 480×800||4 inch, 480×800|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Dual Core||1 GHz Dual Core|
|RAM||1 GB||512 MB|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB||4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB|
|OS||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Camera||5 MP/ VGA||3 MP|
|Battery||1,800 mAh||1,500 mAh|
|Price||99 Euros (expected to launch at around 8,500 INR in India)||Rs 7,729|
The new Nokia X2 smartphone does feature enhanced aspects such as a better display, improved processor, larger RAM, advanced operating system, increased battery life and better camera capabilities. It also features better multi-tasking ability as compared to the Nokia X that lacks the Home button. Regarding the performance, we need to wait until we get our hands on the device and analyze its capabilities in detail.