Microsoft announces the Nokia X2, a budget Android handset

Microsoft has announced the Nokia X2, the company’s second generation of budget Android-running smartphones.

The X2 has a 4.3-inch WVGA display which can be tapped twice to wake the phone up, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and one-touch capture, and 4GB of storage which can be expanded by up to 32GB via a microSD card slot.

Much like the original Nokia X, which was announced at the company’s Mobile World Congress presentation in February, the X2 keeps Nokia’s famous bright plastic body. The X2 runs Google’s Android operating system, but heavily modified to look similar to Microsoft’s own Windows Phone software.

There’s no access to Google Play, but most popular Android apps and games are available through the Nokia Store.

The phone ditches all of Google’s digital services, replacing them with the Microsoft equivalents - that means 7GB of free cloud storage through OneDrive, and access to Skype, Outlook and more.

Microsoft has priced the Nokia X2 at €99, but being dual-SIM means the focus here is on developing countries, not the UK.

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