Less than a month it was launched at the Mobile World Congress, Nokia Philippines has surprisingly announced the availability of the Nokia X in the Philippines. The latter is part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android apps. This is the answer to the constant clamor of Nokia fans to see a Nokia phone that runs on Android.

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Nokia X runs on Android Open Source Project, a highly modified Android operating system. As part of the mid-range line of Nokia, the X family is best suited for those who wish to experience the new Lumia DNA in a more affordable Android flavor.

grey Nokia Launches Nokia X, X+ and XL, All Run on AOSP Based Android

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During the launch of the said phone, Nokia affirmed that it has never left their commitment to create innovative and purposeful hardware, and highly customer-focused software ecosystem. Nokia X is an obvious embodiment of Nokia’s commitment.
 According to Pan Asia Nokia Head of Marketing, Gary Chan, Nokia believes that the unique combination of Nokia families will resonate with consumers around the world and set a great precedent for the level of quality that can be achieved in the fast-growing, affordable smartphone segment.

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General Manager of Nokia Philippines, Karel Holub, also graced the launched at the heart of Makati. He said, “The Nokia X would be a great device for Filipinos with Fastlane, signature Nokia experiences and a number of third-party apps, in addition to a sturdy and attractive build at an affordable price.”

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Nokia X is available in playful and bright colors – bright green, bright red, black and white. It features a highly durable build  thanks to its polycarbonate Nokia. It’s quite heavy for such a small device, but it just feels so robust and solid. But, the Android-powered Nokia isn’t simply a display of Nokia’s design prowess.

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What makes it functional to end-users is actually the heart of Nokia X – its operating system. Finally, Nokia has embraced Android. But, it’s an Android phone with a twist – it primarily runs Microsoft Services, not Google services. This is one way for Nokia to maintain its control over the software ecosystem and preserve its brand from being overshadowed by Google’s services. There is a benefit to this though as users will have a chance to enjoy Microsoft and Nokia services such as Here Maps, One Drive, Nokia MixRadio, etc.

As for the hardware specifications, Nokia X isn’t exactly a powerhouse. It runs on 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor with 512mb RAM. It has a 4″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen, which offers good readability and visuals. Check out its other hardware specifications:

  • 4’’ capacitive touchscreen
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 3MP camera
  • Dual SIM
  • Up to 32GB expandable memory
  • 1500 mAH battery
  • Satellite GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Available colors: Bright Green, Bright Red, Black and White

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Play Store is replaced with Nokia Store. Users can conveniently purchase apps and in-app purchases using available load balance. This feature is reminiscent of what users can do on Symbian and Asha. Meanwhile, check out these notable apps you can download on Nokia Store.

Nokia X is just the beginning as Nokia is posed to introduce more Nokia X line in the future. Nokia XL and Nokia X+ will soon be launched sometime within the 2nd quarter.

 

The Nokia X is now available in GMA and within the week in key provincial areas for SRP of Php 5,990. The Nokia X will be available in bright green, bright red, black and white.

Watch out for our unboxing and review soon!

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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