Leaked 'Android' Nokia X2 specs hint at Microsoft's phone future

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> The Nokia X could soon have a successor. Sarah Tew/CNET A set of specifications for an Android-based Nokia X2DS leaked online this week, providing clues about how Microsoft could lead its newly acquired Nokia smartphone business.

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Details listed on the AnTuTu benchmark website show that the so-called Nokia X2 could have a 4.3-inch display with 480x800 resolution, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 4GB internal storage.

Powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean using Android's open-source build (AOSP), the handset could also pack in a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB RAM.

These are minor improvements over the current Nokia X phone that we saw at Mobile World Congress this past February, but the extension of Nokia's original plan to push deeper into emerging markets. The first generation Android-powered Nokia was not designed to compete at the high end, MacBook Pro blocks U.S. flights! and so far, its successor isn't any different.

3 months agoGoing forward, it looks like Microsoft will carry on the strategy of using the Nokia X line of phones to scoop up fringe users who are looking for the best of both world -- the ability to use (vetted) Android apps while also getting a study, affordable phone with a strong software ecosystem. This is the sort of device that will compete with the Motorola Moto G and Moto E . And why not? The buzz surrounding those handsets is quite positive.

The Nokia X2 figures to be a minor step up from the current model. AnTuTu Benchmark As the price continues to drop for our entry-level smartphones and customers break away from contracts, a device like the Nokia X2 makes sense. Nokia is known for producing great hardware, while the Android platform is by far the most popular mobile OS. Tie-ins to Microsoft's own ecosystem also rounds out the offering, putting Microsoft in a unique position indeed.

It isn't clear what Microsoft's long-term strategy is with its newly-bought hardware line, but we hope the company isn't afraid of a little experimentation.

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