The Wall Street Journal is reporting what many keen observers have known for the past few months. Nokia is preparing a new entry-level device that will be targeted to emerging markets and will replace its venerable if old Series 40 platform, now known as Asha, with a customized build of Android featuring Microsoft and Nokia services without a trace of Google in the custom build. The device is expected to make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona later this month, according to the Journal’s unnamed sources.
According to the well-worn trail of information provided @evleaks and even Vietnamese retailers over the past few months, the phone features a 4-inch WVGA display (480×800), a 5.0 megapixel rear camera, and a 1500mAh battery powering the dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. The Nokia X is also said to be built with two SIM slots and 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot underpinned by a custom version of Android 4.4 KitKat along with support for Bluetooth and an FM radio. Whether all of these specifications pan out remains to be seen, but two weeks prior to the report, the device gained technical approval in two Southeast Asian countries, presumably ahead of release.