Microsoft is all set to launch the second generation of its X-series of Android smartphones later this month. Reliable sources tell BGR India that the launch is three weeks away, so we are looking at the announcement to take place sometime in the week of June 23.
BGR India has also received the shipment manifest of the Nokia X2 (codename RM-1013) units that have arrived in India for testing purposes. It is quite likely that the launch of the second-generation Android smartphones could take place in India, though the arrival of testing phones and the launch plans are not related.
This will be the first X-series smartphone to feature a dedicated home button like BGR India had exclusively reported last month. Nokia had found many users complaining about the lack of a home button in the Nokia X, which only had a back button. These users did not realize that long pressing the back button would take them to the home screen rather than having to press it multiple times to reach the home screen one step back at a time. Reaching the home screen easily is crucial in the Nokia X-series of smartphones as it doesn’t have a regular swipe down notification bar like other Android smartphones. In order to check notifications, users have to first go to the homescreen and then reach the Fastlane interface by swiping from the side of the display.
Earlier, specifications of the Nokia X2 had leaked thanks to a benchmark listing on AnTuTu. According to the listing, the Nokia X2 will feature a 4.3-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB internal storage. It will also sport a 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing camera.
In comparison, the original Nokia X came with a 4-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, microSD support, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1,500mAh battery and dual-SIM card support.