Saturday, June 7, 2014

Overview Nokia X: first Android-smartphone Nokia and Microsoft – Mobiltelefon.Ru


  1. Video review and unboxing
  2. Design and equipment
  3. Software
  4. Camera
  5. Quizzes and time
  6. Conclusion

Nokia has long resisted and tried platform Android. Ironically, her first project for «Android-applications” under the name X already saw the light after Nokia and Microsoft have agreed on a controversial deal. Some have even suggested that the Finnish manufacturer will wave about American partners handle picks agreement and go into free-swimming like a duck on a green swirling river Android. But this did not happen and now it is clear that Microsoft, having caught the mobile division Nokia, she is not averse to produce Soup competing with Windows Phone platform. From interviews with Nokia Russia, which we took in late March, it follows that the model X, X + and XL – only the beginning. What is it? Consider the example of Nokia X.

Specifications Nokia X:

  • Network: GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), WCDMA / HSPA (900/2100 MHz)

  • Platform (at the time of the announcement): Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Nokia X software platform 1.0)

  • Display: 4 “, 800×480 pixels, IPS, 233 ppi

  • Camera: 3 megapixel fixed focus

  • Front camera: No

  • Processor: 2 core, 1 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8625Q

  • Graphics chip: Adreno 203

  • RAM: 512 MB

  • ROM: 4GB

  • Memory card: microSD up to 32 GB

  • GPS

  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)

  • Bluetooth 3.0

  • microUSB

  • 3,5-mm jack

  • Two slots SIM

  • Battery: Removable 1500 mAh

  • Hours Talk time: up to 13.3 h (2G), up to 10.5 hours (3G)

  • Time Standby time: up to 17 days with two SIM

  • Time mode: Video to 8.4 hours

  • Time running audio player up to 26 hours

  • Dimensions: 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm

  • Weight: 128.6 g

  • Form factor: candy bar with a touchscreen

  • Type: smartphone

  • announcement date: February 24, 2014

video review and unboxing

Design and equipment

Making boxes from Nokia X habitual. While on the other platform, and could change, but oh well. Inside is the phone itself, battery (1500 mAh), charging AC-20E with plug microUSB (750 mA), Headset WH-108 (for some reason the red, though green phone). In Russia, the smartphone is available in four colors – black, red, yellow and green. Coloration is caused by a lid and if you want to buy more, they are sold for 880 rubles in the Internet-store N-Store.

Externally Nokia X is strongly reminiscent of the sensory model Asha, but there is nothing wrong, as design good – stylish, bright, youth. On the front side is earpiece, light sensors and distance, 4 “screen, microphone and one single touch button. There is nothing left, right – volume rocker and power button at the bottom – microUSB, upstairs – audio jack. Placed on the back of a 3-megapixel camera, speaker (loud) and logo Nokia (letters of transparent plastic soldered to the cover).

There are no clues to remove the cover, which is part of part-time body. But remove it, of course, you can. However, under the instruction (“pick up the phone for the upper corners with one hand, with the thumb of your other hand, press on the rear panel and remove it”) to make it impossible. I shoot so – clamp the device in the left hand and right thumb steering angle panel away. Under the hood we find the battery compartment, two micro-SIM slots and a compartment for memory cards microSD.

Diagonal Screen 4 “and a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (233 ppi) is made by technology IPS. The advantages of the display could be considered a nice color reproduction and high brightness, good white color, high viewing angles with uncritical, in my opinion, color inversion. Disappoint enough deep black color with a “mirror” screen off and no oleophobic coating. However, these two aspects are difficult to attribute to significant shortcomings, as the model belongs to the budget segment. In contrast, for the phone for the money at the Nokia X a very good screen.

Most in Nokia X I like the shape of the body and the material back cover. This prepossessing brusochek comfortable grip with cover qualitative and pleasant to the touch polycarbonate. Speaker, though the rear, but nothing on the table and there is no overlap on the contrary enhanced sound reflected from the surface. If we add here a monolithic assembly without squeaks and backlash (even after removing the cover a couple of dozen), we obtain a benchmark for competitors, allowing himself to use cheap plastic flimsy housing even in much more expensive models.


manufacturer positions Nokia X not as Android-based smartphone, but as Android-smartphone for applications. This causes confusion among users. Some people think that Nokia X is not an ordinary android, and “any other”. In fact, this model is designed with a similar approach with Meizu MX3, Xiaomi Mi3 OPPO Find or 7, which are sold in China. In Celestial services are forbidden Google, because on these devices in China and they do not. They are not provided in the X-Series from Nokia. But for a different reason – Microsoft wants with models X users to attach to its ecosystem with the prospect of being transferred to the line Windows Phone. That’s why Android Series X forknuty (like Amazon Kindle). This approach has the right to exist, but I am confident that in the near future, the company will turn in the direction of Android-self-sufficient. With blackjack and flagships. As I expected, enthusiasts do not lack attention line X. So where desired, the user can turn in two accounts in the usual Nokia X Android smartphone with all the services of Google. Just download the program Nokia X Tools (or the English version of Nokia X Toolkit) and perform several actions. Through it, besides download Play Market may exercise root. This means that you can seriously customize the shell (for example, add the usual virtual buttons at the bottom of the screen), to implement the installation of applications on an external microSD card, and more. Fears away, in general.

But back to the software Nokia X «out of the box.” Platform is Nokia X software platform 1.1 on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Proprietary interface involves two tables, scrolling vertically. At first submitted widgets and all the services and applications, and the second, called Fastlane, displays alerts and event history (ibid. Service, have to pull down). In the curtain placed shortcut keys, and holding down the power failure does not cause the usual other Android-devaysa menu. Menu of recently opened programs either, ie the company offers users do not bother about the fact that there may be run in the background. Why a softkey at the bottom? To go back over a single touch and minimizing the application with a hit on your desktop with long-term retention. On the Lock screen displays notifications, the player controls. Access to additional features in some programs carried out by tightening the tongue from the bottom of the screen up. Customization desktop icons implies an increase four times, the choice of background colors (only six colors changing alternately by tap on the microscopic range and it is fraught with random promazyvaniem and run programs), installing widgets, placing folders. In general, the interface through Fastlane seems to me very interesting. I think that people who have not had the opportunity to work with traditional smartphones Android, quickly mastered here.

And who will be hard, that makes sense to install Nokia officially recommended Yandeks.Shell launcher (or GO launcher EX ). Talk about them will not, finished a few screenshots.

settings in Nokia X as a conventional smartphone Android, although the parameters of places decorated slightly differently – in the style of Windows Phone. Present configuration section SIM-cards “Two SIM», in the “Display” function unlock handed double-tap (need not Tapan, and really knock ‘) and the time display off. In “Memory” can not select microSD as the installation of applications and allocated less than 1.5 GB. Management programs implemented the most ordinary way. Keyboard is one – a brand of Nokia. It provides gestures, predictive input, handwriting recognition (swipe) dictionary. Buttons on the 4 “screen, of course, small, but no problems with accuracy is observed. Lang by holding the finger on a blank, but the easiest way to change the language of gesture – from the gear to the space.

soft and provided enough. From Nokia and Microsoft have a store programs, Skype, MixRadio (free music mixes based on your preference and not only), card Here (GPS works smartly, offline maps loaded on microSD), cloud storage OneDrive. There is also a file manager, Viber, WeChat, Facebook, Twitter, Opera. Products from Yandex (including Yandeks.Store) picked up from the store Nokia. Since Nokia X is aimed primarily at young people, the smartphone got a bunch of toys: Danger Dash, Fruit Ninja, Real Football 14, Kingdoms and Lords, Tetris, SimCity Deluxe, Bejeweled 2, Monopoly, The Game of Life, Green Farm 3 Wonder Zoo. Something does not require investments, and have to buy something at the end of the trial period, but it’s better than nothing.

Well, a few words about dvuhsimochny. In the settings you can select the active sim card to make calls, but you can activate the constant demand. That is, when you call or send an SMS device you will be interested with what cards to do it. If your contacts are stored in Google, then move them in several ways. The most obvious – via file import VCard.

In summary, I would say that in terms of software Nokia X you are unlikely to disappoint. If you are addicted to the services Google, then they will not be difficult here gash. And if you’ve never used them, then content from Nokia, Microsoft and Yandex (including assortments of their stores) should suffice.


camera is a weak point of Nokia X. module with a resolution of 3 megapixels, no autofocus, no flash is not able to give a little bit a good result, and satisfactory images can be called a stretch. The camcorder is also not enough stars in the sky, not having autofocus and recording content at maximum resolution 864 x 480 pixels. However, the sound decent for a phone of this class. See the examples, estimate:

tests and time

basis for Nokia X is 2-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset 200 MSM8625Q with Adreno 203 graphics chip and 512 MB of RAM. Not the most effective hardware stuffing, I must say. Standard interface slowness and freezes accompany Users almost everywhere – in the settings on the tables when minimized programs in prime services and almost all games (in simple toys all more or less decently, and in demanding games noticeable lag). Bottleneck is the amount of RAM – after loading with a minimum of active services available only 165 MB. At the same time the shell Yandeks.Shell (swinging from Yandeks.Store) and GO launcher EX (available in the company store Nokia) work quicker and smarter and I advise them to read.

Benchmark Results: AnTuTu – 7581, Quadrant – 2790, Geekbench 3 – 256/436, Epic Citadel – 16 fps. Now for specific games: Danger Dash with sprite graphics has small lag that is critical in the game on the reaction; in Fruit Ninja also occur micro-lags, which often leads to the breakdown of the combo; Real Footbal in 14 everything is fine; Dead Trigger 2 with graphics on “high” (but without the intensive effects such as puddles) severely hampered; Riptide GP2 with the highest possible grafonom lag so that the play is unpleasant, but with the recommended parameters are all quite playable; in Angry Birds GO! play does not work, because the terrible lag; in Puzzle Quest and Subway Surfers sometimes have small brakes, but you can play.

Battery 1500 mAh for a smartphone with such fillings is adequate, but if you want to actively use “smart” features Nokia X, you have to charge it every day or every two days. In the test for continuous playback of HD-video with maximum brightness and all wireless modules, the device worked 3:00 to 7 minutes. But do not think you’re looking at such a small screen video resolution, higher resolution than the display itself. With SD-ripami expect more impressive results, as Nokia itself claims to 8.4 hours of video. In general, to extend the life will not abuse the brightness of the display, if possible turn off GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi. If you treat Nokia X as a “dialer”, you believe it will withstand forces up to connect to the network for several days.

According Stability Test, processor speed under load is not reduced. Heating battery recorded as insignificant – the temperature rose from 25 to 37 degrees and the body was barely warm. As to the stability of the software, I was spared reboot, crashes and other troubles. No complaints and the work of wireless networks.


Nokia X as the first project for the platform Android (AOSP), in my opinion, turned out good. The model is not without rough edges, but if you take into account that it byudzhetka for 4990 rubles from the eminent manufacturer, the shortcomings can safely close your eyes. Against competitors Nokia X favorably with proprietary software from Nokia / Microsoft, quality materials and good build, nice display, loud speaker. If you look on the shelves, neither Samsung, or Sony, or LG does not offer anything better for the money. It will be interesting to see what will turn the direction of Android-devices Microsoft after some time. And in the near future we are waiting for the study of Nokia XL with improved performance, stay with us!

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