Nokia X to make a comeback, may launch on April 27

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It looks like HMD Global has no plans to slow down its product launches this year. After unveiling a slew of phones at MWC 2018 like the Nokia 1, Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco and bringing them to markets like India earlier this month, the company now looks ready to announce a new phone on April 27 in China. The Nokia X is what the phone will likely be called as per some advertisements spotted in China, but what is unclear, among other things, is whether the X stands for “ex” or “ten”.

A new report said that ads of the Nokia X have been cropping up in China, which is where the phone is expected to be announced. The ads show two phones crossed to make an X, but not much else can be derived from it as of now. As per the report, the Nokia X will be a mid-range smartphone, but you should take that with a handful of salt. It is possible that this could be a high-end phone and the naming could be HMD’s way to take on the iPhone X. The naming also suggests HMD might be bringing back the old entry-level Nokia X that was the first Nokia-branded phone to run Android mobile OS with Nokia X platform on top.

HMD is knowing to revive old Nokia phones like the Nokia 3310 last year and the Nokia 8810 “banana phone” this year. However, the 2014 Nokia X, which was launched back in 2014, was a massive failure as it did not come with a Google Play Store, among other things. This makes it unlikely that the upcoming Nokia X is inspired by the old Nokia X. Perhaps HMD is taking another shot at reinventing the Nokia X – as a way to right what it got wrong in the past.

As of now, not much is known about the Nokia X apart from rumours that the phone could come in a choice of 4GB and 6GB of RAM. What can be said for sure is that it will be an Android One phone as HMD had announced all future phones Nokia 3 upwards will be part of the Android One program. So you can expect stock Android Oreo with a guarantee of timely security updates for at least two years. It’s not entirely clear from the ads, but the Nokia X could sport a 2.5D display and a metal body design. We should hear more about the phone in the coming days as we approach the launch.

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