The X2 has a 4.3-inch display, 5MP rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 20 processor, 1GB of RAM, and features such as Fastlane to access recent apps, an apps list from which people can pin items to the home screen, and a pull-down notification tab, according to Microsoft. It will start rolling out globally in July and sell for 99 euros.
Nokia in February introduced the Nokia X, X+ and XL, all based on Google’s open-source Android operating system. The phones run Android apps but are all tied by default into Microsoft’s services such as Skype, OneDrive and Outlook.com. They, like the X2, are being targeted toward the emerging market, or, as Microsoft (and Nokia before it) put it: the “next billion” people to get into mobile Internet and cloud services.