Nokia X, the much-awaited Android-based budget smartphone by the Finnish giant, is set to make its first appearance in India on Monday at simultaneous launch events in Mumbai and New Delhi.
The invite says, “Nokia India cordially invites you to Xperience a new beginning!” where the ‘X’ letter has been highlighted, suggesting that the company might reveal the pricing and availability details of the Nokia X Android smartphone.
The invite further informs that Nokia India’s VP and MD, P. Balaji will be attending the event in New Dehi. As of now, no other details related to the event have been revealed.
We expect that the company might also announce availability details of the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, which was launched alongside Nokia X at the MWC 2014.
On Wednesday, Nokia’s first Android smartphone, the Nokia X, was spotted at an online retailer in India, with a price of Rs. 8,500. The retailer claimed that the Nokia X smartphone would be available from 15 March 2014.
However, since the online retailer is a third-party store, one cannot be certain if this would be the official launch price when the phone is announced for India.
The Nokia X is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and is powered by Microsoft and Nokia services. The highlight of the Nokia X is the highly customised version of Android, with the Metro-inspired UI and access to Nokia’s own app store. While there’s no access to Google’s Play Store, users can side-load Android apps from any third-party source. Nokia has used the AOSP version corresponding to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the baseline for its operating system