Nokia set to continue down Android path with X2 launch

At February's Mobile World Congress (MWC), Nokia surprised everyone with the release of its Android-powered phone, the Nokia X, but now it looks like it is already planning its successor.

Despite Microsoft's recent acquisition of the Finnish phone manufacturer, the company looks set to swiftly follow-up on its first foray into Android phone territory, with the Nokia X2.

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Sources claim that the phone is likely to be revealed in late June and unconfirmed specs have already emerged for the device. According to AnTuTu.com, the phone will come with a 4.3in screen complete with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The phone is also expected to run a heavily modified version of Android 4.3, with the user interface maintaining the Windows Phone feel of the first handset.

The Nokia X was heavily criticised for not having a designated home button and rumours suggest that this will be addressed with the launch of the new device. The first phone was also marketed as a starting point for first-time smartphone users with its low price tag of just €89 (£73) and the above specs seem to suggest that this will continue with the next iteration.

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While it's true that the first Nokia X was aimed mainly at emerging markets, if its successor does indeed retain its low cost combined with improved specs, the X2 could become a serious consideration for the UK market too.