It looks like there could be life in the Nokia X2, after the handset was spotted on sale in Russia and Pakistan, giving hope to the Android fans after another Nokia X handset.
It was widely expected that Microsoft had put a halt on the Nokia X2 after announcing last month that 18,000 jobs would be cut from the Nokia departments of the company, which was recently acquired by Microsoft.
Within the email from CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft also announced that the Nokia X programme was getting quashed, leaving the Nokia X2, which was already in development, in the air.
Many fans had lost hope, considering that Microsoft was against releasing a phone from their owned company onto a system that it was in direct competition with.
But now it seems that the handset has risen from the ashes, apparently going on sale in Pakistan and Russia, meaning a UK release might not be far off.
Packing a 4.3” IPS LCD ClearBlack display, the Nokia X2 is an obvious successor to the trio of Nokia handsets which made an appearance at MWC in Barcelona in February; namely the Nokia X, X+ and XL.
The latest handset packs 4GB internal memory, which can be expanded by up to 32GB, whilst also featuring 1GB RAM and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, making it the most powerful Nokia X handset to date.
A 5 megapixel lens adorns the back side of the Android handset, whilst a front facing VGA lens offers a medium for video calls and selfies. Finally, a Snapdragon 200 chipset and 1,800mAh battery top off the spec list, making for a nice improvement all-round for the budget based smartphone.
As with the previous Nokia X handsets, the X2 boasts the Android operating system, this one being 4.3 JellyBean, masked with the Nokia X platform user interface, itself in its second version.
Of course, an X3 model’s chances of going into development are equal to that of winning the lottery, meaning it’s likely the last phone to rock the Nokia X moniker, making this handset the swan song for Android on Nokia.
Microsoft has promised to update the Nokia X handsets for the time being, so it’s also expected that some general updates may find their way onto the Nokia X2 but for now that’s unconfirmed.
No word has come yet of a UK release date for the X2, but if the handset is already shipping in Eastern European and Asian markets, it’s likely that it will be in Western Europe sooner rather than later.
The Nokia handset is priced modestly to continue its name as a budget handset; with a going price of approximately £90 if its Pakistani prices are to translate to the UK market.
Of course this is a sim-free price for the handset, meaning a contract version of the phone will be priced well below the £15/month mark.
Written by Luke Hatfield