Nokia XL is one of the three smartphones announced by Nokia during the MWC 2014, when the company announced the new Nokia X platform, which is based on the Android Open Source platform. The Nokia X was the first to be launched, and it wasn’t received well in the market, especially due to the low-end specs and the disappointment that Nokia didn’t use the pure Android OS in it.
The Nokia XL is no different in the OS version and the interface, but the physical aspect is where it differs. Unlike the Nokia X, this one comes with a 5-inch display with the 480×800 pixel WVGA resolution. Nokia has attempted to give it the looks of the Lumia devices with the different color options, and the phone is a rectangular bar with the sharp borders and perfect rectangular shape. The internal specs of the Nokia XL include the Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor which clocks at 1 GHz, and there is 768MB RAM supporting it. The internal storage in this too is quite low at 4GB but the expansion is possible to 32GB with the MicroSD card slot.
The Nokia XL has a 5-megapixel shooter on the back with the LED flash support, and there is a 2-megapixel front facing camera for the video calling and selfies. The Nokia X platform doesn’t give the user a feel of the Android OS, and that is where the utter disappointment was, though it’s just a launcher needed to bring back what everyone wanted – standard home screen with app drawer, with the customization possibilities. There quite a lot of pre-installed apps including the Social apps like Facebook, Twitter, Viber, Skype and WeChat and there’s a Nokia store for the apps, but you won’t find the Google Play Store and the entire Google Play based apps including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Plus, Youtube and such which are seen in every Android phone now.
The phone has a thickness of 10.9mm and with regards to the weight, it is 190gm and a little heavy for a 5-inch screen, but the shape gives the users quite some comfort to hold it. There is a 2000 mAh battery, which is said to give 16 hours of talk time on 2G, while 13 hours on 3G as said by the company. Connectivity wise, this is Dual-SIM phone with the two Micro-SIM cards on Dual standby, with the 3G connectivity alongside other options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS.
The color options to be made available – Green, White, Yellow, Blue, Black and Red. The pricing could be a major concern for the users who are thinking to purchase the Nokia XL, as the price drop in a couple weeks is much expected after the release, just like it happened with the Nokia X, which failed to make a huge impact in the market, forcing the company to reduce the pricing by almost 10% within a month. While we talk about the Nokia XL after Nokia X, there was the third device – Nokia X+ which was announced and showcased at the MWC 2014, but there is no news about the launch or availability of it.
Nokia XL Pricing:
The Nokia XL dual SIM is available in APAC and IMEA for about €109 before local taxes and subsidies.