Despite its acquisition by Microsoft, Nokia is forging down the path of Android handsets with the launch of a sequel to the Nokia X today. The device comes at a similar budget price point, but with some slightly chunkier specs for your money.
The Nokia X2 is priced at €99 (£79), which is a touch more than the €90 (£72) which was asked for the first version, and again it's a range of colourful handsets running a heavily customised version of Android which is tailored to look like the Windows Phone tiled-based UI. It also pushes Nokia and Microsoft services.
Spec-wise, it's certainly a step up from the original Nokia X, which had a 4in display with an 800 x 480 resolution, and a 1GHz dual-core CPU. That's been bumped up to a 4.3in display for the X2 – with the same resolution, sadly – and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and the RAM has been doubled to 1GB, plus there's a 5 megpixel camera (up from 3 megapixels).
A chunkier 1800mAh battery is present, and this is a dual-SIM handset like its predecessor.
The services on board include Microsoft apps such as Skype and OneDrive (with 15GB of online storage), Bing search, Outlook.com, and Yammer, with Nokia offering the likes of HERE Maps and MixRadio.
Jussi Nevanlinna, VP of Product Marketing, Mobile Phones at Microsoft, commented: "People around the world have really embraced our Nokia X family of devices, for example in India we are the number three best selling smartphone and we're also top sellers in many countries such as Russia, Nigeria, Kenya and Pakistan."
He said of the X2: "The home screen experience has really evolved with extra room for additional tiles. There's also the new home button; you can long-press the back button for easier multitasking; the new apps list view; and Fastlane has gotten richer too, with more app detail exposed."
The phone is available from today in some countries, Nokia said, though it didn't specify which territories.