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Nokia unveiled the second generation Android smartphone, dubbed Nokia X2, earlier this week.

Nokia X2 is a major upgrade over its predecessor, in terms of screen size, RAM capacity, CPU speed and camera specifications.

To get a clear perspective of the two Nokia X siblings, we have done a quick specifications rundown of Nokia X2 and its predecessor Nokia X.

Design, Display and Build Quality:

Nokia X sports a 4.0-inch WVGA (800x480p) IPS LCD screen with pixel density of 233 ppi (pixels per inch). On the other hand, its successor flaunts a bigger 4.3-inch WVGA (480x800p) ClearBlack LCD screen, having pixel density of 217 ppi.

Another notable difference is that the old model has a matte finish (with multiple color options) on the rear side, while the new generation one comes with glossy translucent cover.

One other discernible change we see in the new phone is the inclusion of a Home button. It's predecessor just had the Back button which also functioned as Home button. But many users were unaware that holding the Back (>) button for some time would bring them back to Home screen. Now, the company has incorporated a dedicated Home button right on the screen (bottom right).

Nokia X2 comes with glossy orange, black and green, glossy yellow and white color options. Both Nokia siblings ship with the time-tested hard polycarbonate body, capable of enduring daily wear-and-tear.

Processor, RAM and Storage:

This is one of the key departments in the new phone, which has seen some major improvement. Nokia X2 ships with a faster and energy efficient 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 series dual-core processor, backed by sumptuous 1GB RAM and 4GB (expandable up to 32GB), whereas its predecessor Nokia X was panned by critics for its inferior old-generation 1GHz Snapdragon S4 series CPU, which was backed by a paltry 512MB RAM.


Besides the energy-efficient processor, the new phone also has an additional camera (on the front side).

Nokia X2 houses a 5.0-megapixel primary camera (with Auto-focus and LED flash) and a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera for video chatting. Nokia X, on the other hand,  comes with just the 3.0-megapixel camera on the rear side, with no LED flash.


Nokia X ships with a 1500 mAh battery, which can power the phone for up to 13 hours of talk time and close to 17 days under standby mode.

On the other hand, Nokia X2 comes loaded with a high-capacity 1800 mAh cell, which can run the phone for up to 13.3 hours of talk time and close to 23 days under standby time.

Mobile Operating System:

Both the devices run on Nokia X software platform, a tweaked AOSP (Android Open Source Project) OS featuring - the Tiles-like interface, seen inside the Windows Phone OS-powered devices.

Instead of Google-based maps and applications, people will find Nokia's Here maps service, Mix Radio (with more than 30 million songs), Nokia browser and more. Users can also side-load Android apps from third party app stores.

The new Nokia X2 ships with new Nokia X software v2.0 (said to be a tweaked version Android v4.3 Jelly Bean), whereas its predecessor runs on v1.0.

Key specifications of Nokia X and Nokia X2:

Model Nokia X Nokia X2
Display 4.0-inch WVGA (800x480p) IPS LCD screen with pixel density of 233 ppi (pixels per inch) 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480p)ClearBlack LCD screenPixel density: 217 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Nokia X Software v1.0 (part of AOSP- Android Open Source Project) Nokia X software v2.0 (said to be tweaked version Android v4.3 Jelly Bean )
Processor 1GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 series CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 series dual-core CPU with 1.2GHz speed
GPU Adreno 205 Adreno 305
Storage capacity 4GB (expandable up to 32GB) 4GB (expandable up to 32GB)
Camera Main: 3.0-megapixel camera with 4X zoom, (No-flash)Front camera: N/A Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with Auto-focus and LED flashFront: 0.3-megapixel (VGA) camera
Battery 1500 mAh;Talk time: up to 13.3 hours (2G) and 10.5 hours (3G)Standby mode with dual-SIM: close to 17 days 1800 mAh;Talk time: up to 10 hours (2G) & 13 hours (3G)Standby time: up to 23 days
Network 3G 3G
Add-ons Dual-SIM, Bluetooth v3.0 (with HS), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro-SUB v2.0, Nokia store apps with third party Android applications, microSD card slot, stereo FM Radio, Dual-SIM slots, comes pre-loaded with Outlook.com, Skype and OneDrive
Dimensions 115.5 x 63.0 x 10.4 mm 121.7 x 68.3 x 11.1 mm
Weight 128.7 g 150 g
Colors Black, Cyan, Green, Red, White and Yellow Glossy orange, black and green, with glossy yellow, white and matte dark grey coming later to the lineup.