Microsoft unleashes its first handset since takeover of Nokia division

Nokia X2Microsoft 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.

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Posted on June 25, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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