Guess which Android handset made a recent Middle East debut

July 21, 2014

Whether it’s hearing about Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia or getting awed by the release of Nokia Android devices soon after that partnership was announced, there’s no denying the fact that Nokia has gracefully landed in tech’s headlines lately. Now, the Nokia X2 is here, making its regional debut in Saudi Arabia.

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Following the acclaimed launch of the Nokia X line at MWC last February, the Nokia X2 shows up as an affordable smartphone that allows all to access cloud services and mobile internet with ease.

Microsoft Devices actually chose the KSA as among two of the global priority markets in which the company was committed to making the Nokia X2’s debut. 

With a 4.3” ClearBlack display, the new smartphone boasts a 5MP rear cam equipped with flash and autofocus, among other upgraded specs including new Microsoft services.

A larger selection of Android apps are also featured on the new handset. The enhanced Fastlane feature not only comes with better looks, it also allows for switching between apps and Microsoft services more quickly.

The phone’s performance is boosted by its powerful core running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. Further on the specs front, the X2 has 1GB RAM and features a dual core 1.2Ghz CPU.

The UI also comes with some upgrades with the company’s next-gen Nokia X Software Platform 2.0.

Our favorite part is being able to choose among three different types of screens to navigate with ease. These include: playing with resizable tiles for a ‘colorful’ home, accessing your recent apps and calendar data through Fastlane, and pinning items to the homescreen from the list of new apps influenced by Lumia.

Pull down the notifications tab to get the latest updates, and users may take advantage of the new home key.

New additions to Microsoft services featured on the phone include Yammer and OneNote which can be downloaded from the Nokia Store for free. Users can utilize OneDrive to access their notes saved from OneNote, while Yammer is more involved in the socializing area, as it allows for easing collaboration between people.

“The Nokia X family is going from strength to strength. The Nokia X2 elevates the Nokia X experience with a stellar new design, ease of use and new Microsoft experiences. We’re proud to continue to bring smartphone innovation to lower and lower price points,” said Jon French, Vice President Middle East, Microsoft Mobile Devices.

Customers can select from an array of colors like black, green, orange, and white. Saudi Arabia is the first country in the region to receive the Nokia X2, and it’s going for SAR 489 (approx. $130). 

by micha
Micheline has a a sweet-tooth for dark chocolate and cappuccinos, an almost obsessive-compulsive aversion to dust on Blu-ray discs, and a passion for regularly playing tennis on her Nintendo Wii. Matched with her love of writing, she is the Editor of T3 Middle East's Levant English publication and English website, and the Associated Editor for the GCC English publication.