Microsoft unleashes its first handset since takeover of Nokia division
Microsoft has unveiled their latest product set to take on the world and this time it’s in the form of a smartphone device. Every since taking over Nokia’s handset division back in April – for a cool £4.4bn – it has been a topic which has generated much thought, mainly on how they would reignite the dying brand and turn them into a competitor for the likes of Apple, Samsung and HTC once more.
Considering the buyout of Nokia’s handset division from a mobile software manufacturer, it seems very strange that Microsoft have decided to release the new device – named the Nokia X2 – powered by Android a direct competitor to Windows Phone OS. Microsoft claims they have designed the phone to offer users a chance to experience its cloud-based services, many of which come pre-installed on the phone.
The new Nokia X2 is a follow on product to the Nokia X, which was released before the company sold their stake in the business to Microsoft. The X2 boasts a larger screen along with 1GB of RAM and a front facing camera, something that the previous model was missing. The apps that come pre-installed and promote Microsoft’s additional products include video chat app Skype, Outlook and OneDrive.
The phone has a very similar feel to that of the Windows interface, the home screen promotes the apps in a tile formation and this could perhaps this could be Microsoft’s way of crashing the Android market.
The X2 is planned to be released in July and will retail for £80 – pretty reasonable.