First Review of Nokia X Android Smartphone

First Review of Nokia X Android Smartphone

Nokia X is an affordable and durable Android Smartphone. The cost of this device is around Rs.8599. The phone is different compared to any other Android phone in the market. Because it does not use the same Android Interface. The device operating system is built on Android Open Source Project and the version is 4.1.2. called as Nokia X Software platform. Being un-certified by Google you won’t get Google Apps like Google Maps, Google Play, Gmail, Hangout, etc; on it. You cannot backup your contacts, images on Google. Nokia X is a durable phone and has nice design, but gets limited due to the lack of Google Apps. Let us get into more details about this device.


  • Display size – 10.16 cm LCD (4inch)
  • Display resolution – WVGA (800 x 480)
  • Display colors – TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
  • Pixel density –  233 ppi
  • CPU –  Dual-core 1 GHz  Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • RAM – 512 MB
  • GPU – Adreno 203
  • Storage –  4 GB  (Available 1.17GB), expandable to 32 GB memory card plot
  • Connectivity – USB 2.0, 3.5mm Audio, Wifi, Bluetooth,
  • Dual SIM – Dual Standby SIM
  • SIM card type – Micro SIM
  • Form factor – Monoblock touch
  • Battery capacity – 1500 mAh
  • Thickness – 10.4 mm
  • Weight – 128.7 g


Nokia X has standard packing with limited amount of accessories. There is no additional screen guard or micro usb cable provided.

Nokia X Dual Sim Smartphone:


1500mAh Battery:

MicroUSB Charger:

3.5mm Headphones:

Nokia X Android Dual Sim Unboxing Video

Nokia X features design similar to Nokia Asha Series. Durable design allows you use it roughly. But it is not water proof. Polycarbonate body is good but makes the phone thick and large. The screen on the front is not really impressive but fair enough to chat and surf web. It does not give you a HD resolution.

On the front side we have a 4inch IPS LCD Display that offers 800×480 WVGA resolution with 233ppi pixel density.  This is a 24bit TrueColor offering 16Million color output. The screen is fair enough to watch movies and surfing different websites. Text is quite visible. Playing games is also fine. You can get a live demo of that in our video review section.


The screen also provides some additional features like – Brightness Control, Tactile Feedback, Orientation Sensor, Nokia Glance Screen, Wide Viewing angle and double taps. You can enable Fast Glance through Settings.


Nokia X thickness lies around 10.4mm. It is bit thick to hold but offers good grip. You can see the same in below image.

A 3.5mm audio jack is provided on the top side. And a micro usb port with mic at the bottom part. Nokia does not offer a micro usb cable in the package. You have to buy that separately.

A 3MP Fixed camera is placed on the backside. There is no flash. The speaker lies in the bottom. Camera is very basic. Without flash it is hard to take good images in night. The camera still provides you a 2048×1536 pixel resolution image at the max.

Nokia X has a removable back cover. The battery is also removable. It works on 1500mAH battery. There are two sim slots. Both are Micro Sim Slots and a Memory card slot. Nokia X is powered by 1Ghz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB RAM & 4GB Internal Storage. The storage can be extended upto 32GB through MicroSD card. Among 4GB only 1.17GB is available for the users. This makes the device very limited in terms of storage. But still we have a choice for adding a SD card.

Nokia X runs on Nokia X Software Platform 1.0. A tailored Android OS that looks like Cocktail of Symbian and Windows platform. The first screen you see is a Tile based interface. There is no home screen and app menu. This is the only UI. There is no additional menu like in Lumia devices where by swiping left you can see list of apps. The benefit of this UI is that you get your entire favorite app linked on the main screen. Customizing is easy here.  You just have to tap on any shortcut and hold it for a while. You can then move it. Whatever you install will come on the home screen at the bottom side.


The Camera of Nokia X lacks Autofocus. Image quality is not so impressive. 3MP camera is not very promising. Due to no flash you cannot take images in low light. The pictures are very dark. For outdoor the camera is decent. Do not expect much from this. In terms of camera Nokia X has tough competition from other models that comes at the same price range. I was expecting atleast 5MP camera here with flash.

Nokia X comes with limited pre-installed apps. Most of the things can be downloaded from Nokia store. The device also provides you few free games, web browser, chat messenger, etc. Others thing are available on the store. As we are not having access to Google Play still this phone works with maximum .apk files. I had installed games like Plant vs. Zombies, Subway Surfer and apps like ES File Manager, Hardware Info, etc; on this phone. This works pretty well. You have to enable install from Unknown sources by going into Settings > Security to install third party .apk files.

Nokia X is limited in terms of multimedia. The audio quality is good, but for screen you get a lazy resolution. Still, watching video is reasonable. I had tested a few phones that comes with full hd screen and after that using Nokia X makes me feel sad. Being a brand, Nokia must have worked on the UI and screen. They had emphasized more on the durable part. Making the phone stronger is always a kind of priority for Nokia, it seems.

Nokia X has a 1500Mah battery. The battery life is good. This is because of the optimized Android OS. As per the specification if Power Management is on the battery offer you 28days of standby time. On 2G it offers you 13.3hours of talk time and 10.5hours on 3G. The maximum standby time on dual sim is around 17Days. It also offers 26hours of music playback time and 8.4hours of video playback time. For web surfing if you are on 2G/3G network then the battery output is around 4.5hours while on wifi it is 4.7hrs.


Nokia X is a good budget phone. It runs on non-certified Android OS.  Current software released version is Nokia X software platform 1.0. This OS is not identified by Google due to which you won’t get access to apps and games of Google Play but Nokia supports upto 75% of .apk files on web. Screen output is decent, not really great. The phone costs around Rs.8599.  Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are two more similar models released recently. 1 GHz Dual Core CPU and 512MB Ram is good for app usage. Battery life is really great on this device and durable design allows you to use it without worrying much. After using this phone for a while I found it good for those who need a durable phone for chatting, web surfing and a bit of multimedia. But if you need something for gaming you have to choose other models.

Nokia X Android Phone Video Review


  • Durable Body
  • Good Battery Life
  • Best Budget durable phone.


  • No Android Interface
  • No Google Play Access


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