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Nokia X Short Hands On Review

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We finally get a hold of the Nokia X, the first Android smartphone from the Finnish manufacturer which is now part of Microsoft. Nokia X is one of the fastest to be launched locally. It was first introduced in February at the 2014 MWC in Barcelona, Spain and just last week, Nokia Philippines launched the said smartphone locally. We were able to spot a demo unit at the Nokia store in Glorietta and here’s our first impression with it.

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Nokia X specs:

  • 1GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch IPS LCD display (800 x 480 pixels) 233 ppi
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Single SIM and Dual SIM variant
  • 1,500 mAh Li-Ion ¬†battery
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean with Nokia X Software Platform 1.0
  • SRP: P5,990

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

Hardware and Build Quality – Nokia never failed to impress us when it comes to overall build quality and design. The Nokia X is no exception. It is really one beautiful and eye-candy smartphone. The one that we played for a couple of minutes is in bright green. It is extremely light and very nice to hold thanks to its matte finish body.

Display – On paper, the WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 may not be overwhelming but for the screen size of 4-inches, the display is very sharp, vivid and has good color reproduction.

Performance – Another underwhelming feature is the 1GHz dual core processor. We don’t know how Nokia did it but performance was very smooth from the basics like transistions to playing Fruit Ninja.

Camera – We check photos taken from the 3 megapixel camera and photos look decent when taken in good lighting conditions. We have no idea how does the camera fare when it comes to other lighting situations.

Battery – Since we only have a few minutes with it, we cannot give any comment regarding the battery. Dear Nokia, please send us a review unit. Hehehe.

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Initial Verdict – Do not let the underwhelming specs fool you. Nokia has done a great job with the Nokia X. The problem, however, if you use too much Google services (eg: Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Services, etc) this is not the phone for you. It may be running Google’s mobile OS but most of its available services are from Microsoft – Here Maps, Outlook, Nokia store, etc. You may however, run Android apps here.