Friday, July 18, 2014

Microsoft kills Nokia X Android phones, lays off 18,000 people

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today in an email to employees that the company is preparing to layoff a total of 18,000 people within the next year.

Additionally, Stephen Elop, chief of Microsoft devices, also announced that the Nokia X Android project is over. Future Nokia X designs and products will be shifted to Windows Phone devices. He notes that the company will make the shift immediately, but support and sales for existing Nokia X products will remain.

There's no further information on what's the destiny of the recently announced Nokia X2. It's an existing product technically, so it should go on sale, but given the new developments Microsoft might as well cancel it. After all, we doubt anyone will be interested in buying into the platform now that it's officially pronounced dead.

Here's an excerpt from Elop's email.

In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products


Out of the total of 18,000 planned job cuts, the Nokia Devices and Services unit will lose 12,500 people. Each one of them will be notified over the next six months and will receive a severance package. Those 12,500 jobs are comprising of both factory workers and IT professionals.

Satya Nadella said that the workforce reductions are dictated by the need of work simplification and strategic alignment with the Nokia Devices and Services integration.

Microsoft's phone engineering efforts are expected to be concentrated in Salo, Finland (for future, high-end Lumia products) and Tampere, Finland (for more affordable devices).

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930 up for pre-order in the Netherlands for €500

The Nokia Lumia 930 was announced back in April but it's yet to launch in the Old continent. There are pre-orders in progress in multiple countries though, the latest to join the party is the Netherlands with the lowest price yet.

This one isn't from the Microsoft Store but from local retailerPDAshop. The Lumia 930 is priced €500 and is expected to ship on July 19.

The Windows Phone 8.1 flagship will be discounted on O2 Germany from its regular price of €580 (this is from both theMicrosoft Store and Amazon). Still, O2 will be selling it at €520.

The Nokia Lumia 930 can be pre-ordered at €550 from Amazon France and Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa. The Italian Microsoft Store is asking the highest price, €600. This makes the Dutch price the cheapest in Europe yet.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Nokia teases the upcoming X2, to be announced on June 24

Shortly after the launch of its first Android phone — the Nokia X — Nokia will be releasing a successor in the form of the Nokia X2. Although the phone and the name hasn't been officially announced as such, the company has posted a teaser on its website with the tagline 'Green with envy'.

The new phone is set to be announced on June 24. From the rumors, the major changes to the phone include a dedicated home button, which is not present on the current Nokia X phones and caused confusion among the users (who were unaware you can press and hold the back button to go home).

Other changes include a bigger display, faster processor and 1GB RAM. We will find out for sure on Tuesday.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Nokia can transfer 5GB data in 11 seconds over LTE

Nokia and Korean mobile carrier, SK Telecom just partnered up to accomplish a pretty impressive technological feat.

They were able to transfer 5GB of data in just 11 seconds over SK Telecom’s LTE network.

Now this isn’t going to be indicative of everyday performance with SK Telecom, nor will these kind of data speeds be readily available to us mobile phone customers these days. Especially when you consider that there isn’t even a phone on the market that is capable of handling these speeds and not to mention data caps; this transfer would kill our entire month of data usage in a few seconds.

However, it’s interesting to know that Nokia and SK Telecom are able to perform such an amazing feat. The actual speed was clocked at 3.7Gbps, which blows the current, top of the line LTE networks 300Mbps speed out of the water.

It’ll be a long time before any of our mobile devices are capable of these kinds of speeds, but it’s nice to know that tech manufacturers are always looking into the future.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nokia Lumia 530 image leaks, confirms 4.3" display

The world's most popular Windows Phone smartphone is about to get a successor. Meet the Lumia 530 and its first public appearance in a photo. The phone was spotted in a Windows Phone buying guide showing the available devices running Windows Phone 8.1.

No confirmed Lumia 530 specifications are available at this time, but we can make some educated guesses based on the image above. Judging by the size difference to the Lumia 635, the Lumia 530 will sport a 4.3" display. That's a slight bump from the 4.0" (800 x 480 pixels) display of the Lumia 520.

There are also no front-facing camera nor physical navigation buttons, as Windows Phone 8.1 allows the use of virtual on-screen keys.

Finally, it's interesting to note that the Nokia logo is present on the phone. Microsoft bought Nokia Devices & Services for €5.44 billion but it wasn't clear if the company is going to keep using the Nokia brand in its upcoming products. We guess for the Lumia 530 at least, things are going to remain the same.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Nokia XL goes on sale in India for $196

Nokia announced its first Android-app running smartphones - Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL at this year's Mobile World Congress. The Nokia X went on sale a while ago and now, the company has introduced the XL in the Indian market.

The Nokia XL, which is the biggest smartphone in the X series, comes to you with a price tag of INR 11,489 (about $196).

For your money, you will be getting a 5" display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Just like the Nokia X and X+, the XL is also powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 chipset, but gets a bump in RAM to 768MB.

The 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2 megapixel front facing shooter completes the camera department of the Nokia XL. The dual-SIM smartphone comes out of the box with 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.

If you are still wondering about the features of the Nokia XL, then do check our detailed review to know more about what the forked Android running smartphone has got to offer.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 to drop on June 24

Microsoft will begin officially rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 on June 24th. This should coincide with the launch of the Lumia 930, Nokia's upcoming flagship.

Just like other iterations of Windows Phone software, 8.1 will feature the typical 3 years of software support and updates.

Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 36 months after the lifecycle start date. These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported. The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings a host of new features and seems primed to make Microsoft's mobile OS a much more intriguing option for consumers.

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Nokia X software update now rolling out

Nokia has released an update for the Nokia X that has started rolling out now. The version update brings with it couple of new apps - OneDrive and Contact Transfer.

Along with that the latest update also brings a new version of Nokia Store. Finally, there are the usual stability, performance and usability improvements.

The update should be available for download on your Nokia X.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nokia HERE apps for Android and iOS

There's strong evidence to believe that Nokia plans on releasing their collection of HERE apps for Android and iOS.

The Finnish company released two job postings that call for mobile software engineers who have experience in iOS and Android application development. Check out the postings below:

“As an Android / iOS developer you will be a key member of our growing mobile engineering team, developing industry-leading mobile SDKs / applications. This is an experienced position that requires fluency in the latest Java capabilities and improvements in the Android and iOS SDK. The ideal candidate is motivated to explore and deliver the best possible solutions to our customers

The ideal candidate will have experience shipping one or more Android / iOS apps, currently on Google Play / Apple Store. You should have a strong passion for technology as evidenced by your personal projects that demonstrate your aptitude for superior engineering and strong customer-centric product sense. You should enjoy working outside the comfort zone and love to learn new technologies. The position will be based in Berlin / Frankfurt and will report to the Tem Lead Development team Mobile SKDs for Business, HERE Platform for Business.”

There's also a second job posting that calls for a specific Android mobile developer:

“We are now looking for a Mobile App Developer (Android) to join our team.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

•Working directly with developers, product management and UX Design to conceptualize, build, test and deliver mobile products

•Deliver across the entire app life cycle –concept, design, build, deploy, test, release to app stores and support

•Build prototypes at tech scoping stage of projects

•Working along the web developers to create and maintain a robust framework to support the apps

•Working with the front end developers to build the interface with focus on usability features

•Keep up to date on the latest industry trends in the mobile technologies

•Explain technologies and solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders”

From the two job descriptions, it seems that Nokia plans on bringing the entire HERE experience to both Android and iOS, and not just their navigation and maps software. This is a smart move on Nokia's part, as the more users they're able to get invested in their services, the more prominent their brand will be in the eyes of consumers; a very Google-esque strategy.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Nokia XL battery test

The Nokia XL is a fairly large and heavy phone but it has a relatively small 2,000mAh battery. While its dual-core Cortex-A5 chipset and its WVGA screens are not the biggest battery hogs, we’re testing the dual-SIM version of the phone, which is bound to put extra strain on the battery.

The Nokia XL’s smaller siblings have 1,500mAh batteries so the extra 1″ screen size also comes with a 500mAh advantage.

Still, the Nokia XL was within half an hour of the Nokia X that we tested (also the dual-SIM version) and matched the Apple iPhone 5s almost exactly. Eleven hours or so is a pretty good result, considering the price range.

Note that while one SIM card is in a call, the other shuts down so it shouldn’t harm the battery life and we’ve seen phones with 2,000mAh batteries do better.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE46:44h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus11:06h
  • HTC Desire X11:03h
  • Meizu MX311:02h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S411:01h
  • Apple iPhone 5s10:46h
  • Nokia XL10:45h
  • Apple iPhone 5c10:18h
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III10:15h
  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 210:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy Express I873010:00h
  • Meizu MX 4-core10:00h
  • Pantech Burst4:46h
The web browsing time surprised us – the Nokia XL lasted 12 hours, which is among the best results we’ve seen. Other dual-SIM phones are near the top too, the Sony Xperia C and the HTC Desire 700 dual sim.

Part of Nokia’s plan for its entry level devices is to connect as many people as possible to the Internet and the Nokia XL will do an excellent job at it.

Web browsing

  • Sony Xperia C12:45h
  • Nokia Lumia 152012:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact12:37h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim12:30h
  • Nokia XL11:54h
  • LG G211:22h
  • HTC One Max11:20h
  • Sony Xperia ZR11:20h
  • HTC Butterfly S11:07h
  • LG G2 mini11:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus I92503:01h
Web browsing is typically the heavier load on a phone, but Nokia XL’s old chipset is fairly limited when it comes to video decoding. Video playback time was just over half the web browsing time.

We use an AVI/DivX video for the test and we guess a different container and codec combo might have drained the battery slower. The Nokia XL camera shoots 3GP videos so that may have been a bit better, but we can’t think of a video service that offers movies and TV shows in 3GP.

Video playback

  • LG G Flex19:57h
  • Motorola Moto G6:37h
  • Nokia Lumia 9006:37h
  • Meizu MX 4-core6:33h
  • Nokia Lumia 6206:32h
  • Nokia Lumia 6256:29h
  • Nokia XL6:28h
  • Sony Xperia E dual6:27h
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X6:27h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim6:26h
  • Nokia Lumia 8106:26h
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos S68026:25h
  • Nokia Lumia 7103:27h
The Nokia X had an uninspiring endurance rating of 38 hours, while the Nokia XL performed much better (especially on the web browser test) and scored a respectable 62 hour rating. Depending on usage, it will be 2-3 days between charges.
It’s not as good as you might expect from a feature phone (and the Nokia X family targets mostly people upgrading from an Asha), but it’s about what you can expect from an average smartphone. Nokia XL’s modest price tag makes these results all the more impressive. Check out our batter life table, containing all the devices we’ve tested so far.

Nokia Lumia 520 takes on a bullet, saves police officer’s life

Nokia Lumia 520 is the real hero of the day! The smartphone has saved a police officer’s life when a bullet was fired at him.

The police officer is said to have arrived at his house while two robbers while looting it. The criminals took two shots at the officer, but one of them missed and the other hit the Lumia 520 in his pocket. That meant that the civil servant escaped unharmed, even if he might have to look for a new phone.

Obviously, the Lumia 520 couldn’t survive the impact, but managed to prevent its owner from getting seriously hurt.


Stephen Elop makes $33 million in his return to Microsoft

Stephen Elop has some reasons to smile. The former Nokia head has made €24.2 million ($33.4 million) in cash and shares before his return to Microsoft, according to a report from Reuters.

Elop’s compensation ended up 25% higher than what was originally envisaged when Nokia’s acquisition was announced. The surge in Nokia’s share prices would now mean that the executive will take home €5.4 million extra.

Stephen Elop was in line to get around €18.8 million ($25 million) for the early termination of his contract. Microsoft has covered 70% of the total severance payment, while Nokia has taken care of the rest.

In the latest quarter Nokia’s phone division, which is now labelled ‘discontinued operations’ after thecompletion of the sale to Microsoft, brought in €1.93 billion with an operating loss of €326 million.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nokia appoints new CEO, Rajeev Suri

Starting on May 1 Nokia will have a new CEO – Rajeev Suri. Suri has been with Nokia since 1995 and has been the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks (now rebranded Nokia Networks) since October 2009.

Considering Nokia Networks is the big bread earner in the new Nokia, the one after the sale of the phone division, the choice makes sense.

“As Nokia opens this new chapter, the Nokia Board and I are confident that Rajeev is the right person to lead the company forward,” said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors. Siilasmaa served a sinterim CEO, but will go back to his Chairman position on May 1.

The interim president, Timo Ihamuotila, will step down from that position and will focus on his position as Executive Vice President and Group CFO.

Nokia’s remaining operations invested €2.5 billion in research and development last year. There are plans for a €5 billion “capital structure optimization program.” Hit the source link for more details on the program.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Nokia releases Asha 1.4 software update with new features

Nokia Asha Software Platform v1.4 is now available as an over-the-air update for five Asha phones - 230,500, 501, 502 and 503. You can get it right now by visiting the Settings -> Phone Update menu on your phone.

Version 1.4 of the Asha platform brings Nokia Mix Radio on Asha 500, 502 and 503. It's a free streaming music service that will allow you even to listen music offline in case you are out of internet connectivity.

All five Asha phones also get these new features:
OneDrive app with free 7GB cloud storage
Updated and more social Fastlane
Camera upgrade - voice-guided slefies, panorama shots
Video camera upgrade - improved video stabilization
Power Saver mode
Parental control in Nokia Store and Nokia Browser

If you own one of those five Asha phones, then the update is either awaiting you in your Settings menu or it will reach you any moment now.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nokia-Microsoft deal now officially done

It's done – Nokia has just announced the completion of the sale to Microsoft of "substantially" all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft. "Substantially" since two factories were excluded from the deal – the Chennai factory in India, but also the Masan factory in South Korea.

The South Korean factory employed roughly 200 people, but Nokia will be closing it down. The fate of the Chennai factory is unclear, but Nokia will be offering financial assistance to its employees so they can "explore opportunities outside Nokia starting from a sound financial base".

The deal underwent other changes too – the final price is expected to be slightly higher than the initially announced €5.44 billion due to a positive adjustment in net working capital and cash earnings.

The leadership team that led Devices & Services at Nokia has stepped down and is moving to Microsoft effective today. This includes former CEO Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen and Chis Weber.

Nokia will make another announcement on April 29 (next Tuesday) to provide further details of the transaction (presumably the fate of the Chennai factory and the final sales price).

You can read Stephen Elop's open letter here. On Monday, Elop will be answering questions at the Nokia Conversations blog.

Let's play the iconic Nokia Tune one more time as we close this large chapter in mobile history.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 EU price and availability revealed

The latest Windows Phone handsets from Nokia have already arrived at European retailers. The Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 are available for pre-order in Germany right now and better yet, we have pricing and availability info.

The Nokia Lumia 930 new global flagship and will cost €600 at launch from Cyberport in Germany. For comparison, the same retailer is asking €700 for the Galaxy S5 and €650 for the HTC One (M8). Anyway, the Lumia 930 is expected to be available from June 19.

Then there's the Nokia Lumia 630, aiming to be the new entry-level king. It's available on both Cyberport and MediaMarkt (another German retailer) for €160. MediaMarkt has the dual-SIM version of the phone, while Cyberport's seems to be the single-SIM.

MediaMarkt expects to have the phone in stock earlier – May 5 – while Cyberport is waiting for its units until the end of May.

NotebooksBilliger also has the Nokia Lumia 630 single-SIM at €160, but is running a promotion of €50 off if you use the Handy50 code by the end of the month. There's no availability date though.


Nokia - Microsoft deal completes on April 25

Nokia and Microsoft had already received green light for the merger from the European Commission and the US Department of Justice long ago and the Chinese regulatory authorities also gave their approval for the merging of Nokia with Microsoft just a few days ago.

Microsoft has now officially announced that they have completed all the steps necessary to finalize the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The transaction will be completed on April 25.

Meanwhile, there have been some adjustments to the original deal and the new agreement will now allow Microsoft to manage online assets of Nokia that include domain and other social media sites.

While the original offer had all the employees in Nokia's Chief Technology Office continuing with Nokia, that has been adjusted and now all 21 execs in China will join Microsoft. Lastly, the acquisition included the Nokia's Korean manufacturing facility, but the deal will complete without Microsoft taking control over it.

It took more than 7 months to complete the acquisition after Microsoft broke the news, but nevertheless it's finally done!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Nokia Oyj will soon be renamed to Microsoft Mobile Oy

The Microsoft acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services is expected to close later this month and to prepare for the transition a letter has been sent out to Nokia's supplier base. The letter, which has leaked online, suggests that Nokia Oyj will get a new name: Microsoft Mobile Oy.

The company is going to exist as a fully-owned Microsoft subsidiary and as you would expect it is going to handle the mobile devices production. The letter reveals that current terms and conditions that suppliers were having with Nokia until now will not be changed.

Nokia is keeping its relationship with existing supplier partners, but considering the company's main operations remain NSN, HERE Maps and Advanced Technology unit, it may not soon need some of them, as most deal with hardware.

Nokia has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch, but we don't know if the company is going to keep the development.

Follow the source link below to read the full statement.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nokia Lumia 630 goes on pre-order in Russia for just €160

Nokia Lumia 630 went official just a few days ago. It is among the first smartphones to run Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan out of the box. The smartphone is considered as a successor of the Lumia 620.

Nokia has announced the 3G Lumia 630 will launch in various EU and Asian markets this May for €119, while its dual-SIM sibling should set you back €129. The smartphone will be also released worldwide with LTE connectivity under the Lumia 635 moniker in July for €139. This is at least the official info, but as usual it doesn't include taxes or subsidies.

Nokia has begun taking pre-orders for the single and dual-SIM Lumia 630 in Russia via its official Nokia store. The single-SIM Lumia 630 is priced at €163 (RUB 7,990), while the dual-SIM version costs €173 (RUB 8,490). There is no official release date mentioned though.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Major Asha update hits now with Mix Radio and new camera

Just as promised Nokia is issuing the second major update to its Asha lineup. The update brings Mix Radio, an improved camera with audible selfie assistance, Panorama, OneDrive support, Facebook likes, Twitter re-tweets and birthdays in Fastlane and built-in parental controls.

The update is being pushed over the air as we speak and should appear as a push notification but you can also do a manual check. The new firmware is meant for the single and dual-SIM versions of the Asha 500, 501, 502, 503 and 230.

Among the more notable features is the new camera with the addition of Panorama mode. In the event of taking a selfie with the back camera the phone will give you voice instructions so that your face is at center when you take the shot.

Microsoft's OneDrive is now available on the Asha lineup and can handle automatic uploads.

Finally parental controls will allow you to request a PIN code or password for browser and Store access.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nokia 225 and 225 Dual SIM unveiled, to cost €40

Nokia just announced the 225 – a Series 30+ feature phone that will go on sale at an estimated price of €40. There will be a dual-SIM version too, both will start shipping in select markets within three months.

The Nokia 225 features the biggest non-touchscreen Nokia has put on a feature phone – 2.8" in diagonal with QVGA resolution. It's one of the thinner Nokia phones too at 10.4mm, and weighs 100g.

The phone comes preloaded with compression-enabled Nokia Xpress Browser for lower data usage and quicker load times. It also has Facebook, Twitter and Bing search preinstalled.

The Nokia 225 has a microSD slot that supports 32GB cards and can serve as an MP3 player with a 103 phon speaker. There's FM radio with RDS too.

The phone packs a 2MP camera with QVGA @ 15fps video capture, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM (a file sharing solution that emulates NFC).

As a feature phone it offers great battery life – 36 days of standby (27 days for the dual-SIM), 21 hours of talk time and up to 49 hours of music playback. The Nokia 225 will come in Red, Yellow, Green, Black and White.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930 with 5" 1080p screen and 20MP camera unveiled

Nokia has taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone - the Lumia 930. It's basically the international sibling of the Verizon-exclusive Nokia Lumia Icon, featuring a 5" 1080p camera and a 20MP PureView camera.

The Nokia Lumia 930 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.2GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in, non-expandable memory on board. The display is a 5” super sensitive ClearBlack AMOLED unit with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and pixel density of 441ppi.

The main camera of the Nokia Lumia 930 is a 20MP PureView unit with 1/2.5” BSI sensor, f/2.4, OIS, and a dual-LED flash. It is capable of capturing 1080p videos @ 30 fps.

Nokia Lumia 930

Like its Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 siblings, the Nokia Lumia 930 can capture full resolution photos, as well as scaled-down, high-quality 5MP images for easier sharing. A host of preloaded software such as Nokia Camera, Creative Studio, Cinemagraph, etc. enhances the camera experience even further.

Connectivity of the smartphone includes Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and USB 2.0. The phone will work with a nano-SIM card. The Lumia 930 has FM radio too.

The physical measures of the Nokia Lumia 930 are 137 x 71 x 9.8mm, while its weight tips the scale at 167 grams. The device is powered by a 2,420mAh battery and offers Qi wireless charging capability.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India. It's expected to cost $599 (€435) before taxes and subsidies.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nokia X will launch in Indonesia on March 27

Nokia's first Android smartphone, the Nokia X has already gone on sale in countries like India andMalaysia. The Finnish company is now expanding the availability of its affordable smartphone and the device will soon be available in Indonesia.

Nokia Indonesia has already sent out invites to the media that says "Prove the thrill of using the Nokia X that combines the best services of Nokia, Microsoft and access to Android applications". The event is scheduled for March 27 in Jakarta, the capital and the largest city of Indonesia.

Apart from Nokia X, the company is also expected to introduce the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL, but there is no official word at the moment.

Meanwhile, if you are located in the US, Canada, Korea and Japan then you will not be able to get your hands on Nokia X as the company has officially confirmed that the device will not be available in these regions.

You can check our hands-on report from the MWC floor to know more about the Nokia X series.