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MWC 2014: Nokia X, X+ and XL Android phones revealed

MWC 2014: Nokia X, X+ and XL Android phones revealed

Nokia has revealed three new handsets running a forked version of Google’s Android operating system, in a move some tech-watchers claim the company should have made years ago.

The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL all offer Windows Live Tiles–type design and are aimed squarely at budget users.

The entry–level Nokia X, which costs just €89 (£73) up front, comes with a four–inch, 800x480 display, space for SD cards up to 32GB, 512MB of RAM and a basic three-megapixel camera.

The Nokia X+ cranks things up a notch, with RAM boosted to 768MB and a 4GB microSD card bundled with the device. That package will set you back just €99 (£81).

Priced €109 (£89), the top–end Nokia XL pushes the screen size up to five inches, with the same resolution as its cheaper stablemates.

The camera round the back is bumped up to five megapixels, while a two-megapixel front–facing peeper will work seamlessly with the phone’s native Skype app.

The key feature of each device is the ability to offer Android apps. Although Google Play is not included here, developers will be able to port their add–ons over to Nokia’s new phones relatively painlessly.

This has long been an issue for those wanting to work with Espoo, but unwilling to develop for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform.

Each model comes pre–installed with BBM, Viber, Vine, Twitter and Plants vs. Zombies 2. Nokia HERE Maps, Mix Radio and 7GB of free Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage are also thrown in.

The Nokia X is available now, with the X+ and XL due to launch in the second quarter of 2014.

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