Two weeks after its announcement, Nokia Philippines officially launched the Nokia X. Part of the first batch of Android powered smartphones from Nokia, including Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, the Nokia X features Nokia’s signature form factor in bold and bright colors. It also carries the same tile-based user interface as its Lumia cousins and ‘Fastlane’ originally seen from the Nokia Asha smartphones.
Out of the box, the Nokia X comes with Nokia’s HERE Maps, Nokia MixRadio, Viber, WeChat and a number of games from Gameloft and EA Sports including Real Football 2014, Kingdoms and Lords, SimCity Deluxe and Tetris.
One apprehension we had with the Nokia X smartphones when it was announced was the lack of Google Play. Today, we learned that Nokia compensated this by allowing you to run or ‘sideload’ any APK or Android application package file to the Nokia X.
Asked about its advantages over the Android smartphones from its competitors, Nokia said that fusing Android with the Nokia experience and popular Microsoft services makes the Nokia X a more interesting smartphone over the typical Android Smartphone.
“We believe this unique combination will resonate with consumers around the world and set a great precedent for the level of quality that can be achieved in the fast-growing, affordable smartphone segment.” said Gary Chan, Head of Marketing, Pan Asia, Nokia.
“We are happy to be one of the first countries to launch the much anticipated Nokia X,” said Karel Holub, General Manager, Philippines, Nokia. “The Nokia X would be a great device for Filipinos with Fastlane, signature Nokia experiences and a number of third party apps, in addition to a sturdy and attractive build at an affordable price.”
The Nokia X is now available in bright green, bright red, black and white with an SRP of Php 5,990.
BTW, the Nokia X is also a Dual SIM smartphone. ‘Guess that makes the Nokia X a new competitor to our local Android smartphones.
For the complete specs of the Nokia X, check out our post here.
Check out the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL here
More photos of the Nokia X here