Nokia marks MWC with an X as Android smartphone gets its name

Nokia is going X-rated with its Android smartphone if the latest leaked images are anything to go by and all is set to be revealed at next week’s Mobile World Congress [MWC] event in Barcelona.

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Press images of the device, now apparently known as Nokia X, were leaked by @evleaks on Twitter earlier this week before the company’s Weibo social network account in China showed three images with two featuring an ‘X’ within them, according to NDTV.

The latter images feature the same lime green colour scheme seen in the @evleaks image and two of the pictures include an ‘X’, which seems to point towards the growing hype surrounding the launch. There is also a countdown page on Nokia’s conversations blog that has the same ‘X’ that appears in the other images.

Nokia’s Android smartphone, which has been code-named Normandy up until now, has been rumoured for some time and the takeover by Microsoft has done nothing to dampen the company’s enthusiasm for creating an Android smartphone.

Specifications for the mid-range device are a closely guarded secret and rumours so far have pegged the screen as a 4in TFT display with an 854 x 480 pixel resolution and it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. It will have a 5-megapixel camera, microSD card support and a forked version of Google Android 4.4 KitKat. It will also reportedly offer dual SIM mode.

The device specifications confirm that it will be a mid-range device that falls between its popular Asha and Lumia lines and gives it an offering at more price points than is currently the case.

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It remains to be seen whether this is part of a wider strategy that includes Android devices on an ongoing basis or if the Nokia X is a one off leaving the Microsoft-Nokia tie up to focus on challenging the likes of Apple and Samsung with its Lumia higher end smartphones.