Nokia X Android smartphone comes to India carrying a Rs. 8,599 price tag

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nokia_x_body_greenNokia has announced its first Android smartphone, the Nokia X, for the Indian market. The Android smartphone from Nokia will be available starting Monday, at Rs. 8,599.

The Nokia X was announced alongside the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, at the MWC 2014. In March, the Nokia X was spotted at an online retailer in India, with a price tag of Rs. 8,500. The retailer claimed that the Nokia X smartphone would be available from 15 March 2014.

The Nokia X+, and Nokia XL have been announced for India as well, and will be launched within the next two months.

The Nokia X is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and is powered by Microsoft and Nokia services. The highlight of the Nokia X is the highly customised version of Android, with Metro-inspired UI and access to Nokia’s own app store. While there’s no access to Google’s Play Store, users can side-load Android apps from any third-party source. Nokia has used the AOSP version corresponding to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the baseline for its operating system.

The Nokia X offers dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) support with dual standby. The first Android phone from Nokia features a 4-inch IPS LCD display with a 480×800 pixel resolution, translating to a pixel density of 233ppi.

The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, alongside 512MB of RAM. It sports a 3-megapixel rear camera. The Nokia X handset comes with 4GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.

The Nokia X supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, EDGE, GPRS and 3G connectivity options. It is backed by a 1500mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 13 hours of talk time and up to 672 hours of standby time on 2G network.

The Nokia X is available in its Black, Green, Cyan, Yellow, Red, and White colour variants.

Nokia is also offering 3GB of additional free OneDrive storage for photos, with auto-sync features. Nokia Mix Radio and Here Maps with voice directions will also come preloaded.