Microsoft's Nokia flirts with Google by launching another Android smartphone

Forget connecting people; 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer' should be Nokia's motto

Microsoft-owned Nokia has unveiled a new Android smartphone as it aims to make Google users reliant on Microsoft’s services.

Overnight Nokia announced a 4.3in dual-SIM smartphone called the X2. Although the smartphone runs the rivaling Android operating system, it is void of Google services. Instead of Google’s Drive, Gmail and Maps, Nokia X2 owners will be prompted to use Microsoft’s OneDrive, Outlook.com and Here maps.

The smartphone goes one further by masking the Android OS in a tile interface reminiscent of Windows phone.

The X2 will introduce Nokia’s smartphone range and targets developing markets. The smartphone's 4.3in screen has a low 480x800 resolution. Subsequently image quality will be less than spectacular with a density of 217 pixels-per-inch.

Powering the smartphone is a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 1800 milliamp-hour battery. Internal storage is limp at 4GB, but compatibility with microSD cards make it possible to expand storage by a further 32GB.

The Nokia X2 has the rare distinction of being a dual-SIM smartphone. The first tray supports 3G SIMs, while the second is resigned to phone calls and texts with support for 2G networks alone.

Photos snapped by the rear camera are 5 megapixels in resolution, while the inclusion of a front camera makes it possible to hold Skype calls — yet another Microsoft company — at 640x480 resolution.

Nokia has launched the X2 in some markets already for 99 euros (AU$179). Good Gear Guide has asked Nokia’s representatives if the company plans on launching the smartphone locally. This article will be updated with their response.

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