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Nokia X2 vs Nokia X vs Nokia XL: specs comparison

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Nokia X2 vs Nokia X vs Nokia XL: specs comparison
Earlier today, Microsoft unveiled the Nokia X2, a successor to the Nokia X, which was introduced back in February along with the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. Being the entry-level devices they are, said devices came with pretty humble hardware specs, but the most notable aspect about the Nokia X family of devices was that it ran Android. Well, technically speaking, it was a forked version of Android, which has been stripped from all of Google's apps and services.

Unsurprisingly, the Nokia X2 does not stray away from its predecessor that much, as it also runs a forked version of Android. The hardware of the Nokia X2 has been improved in comparison with the Nokia X - it sports a faster processor, twice as much RAM, a better GPU unit, and a bigger display.

With that being said, we put the Nokia X2 up against the Nokia X in order to see how Microsoft's latest fares against its predecessor in terms of pure hardware specifications. We've also thrown in a Nokia XL for a good measure.

Of course, you'll decide which one's the clear winner here, folks! Be sure to let us know by dropping a line in the comments section below.

Nokia X2 vs Nokia X vs Nokia XL

OSAndroid (4.3), Nokia X platform 2.0 UIAndroid, Nokia X 1.0 UIAndroid, Nokia X 1.0 UI
Dimensions4.79 x 2.69 x 0.44 inches (121.7 x 68.3 x 11.1 mm)4.55 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches (115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm)5.57 x 3.06 x 0.43 inches (141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm)
Weight5.27 oz (150 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
4.54 oz (129 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
6.70 oz (190 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
Physical size4.3 inches4.0 inches5.0 inches
Resolution480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

217 ppi233 ppi187 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

63.31 %62.56 %64.71 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera5 megapixels3 megapixels5 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

30.1 mm32.4 mm32 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, CMOS image sensor Autofocus
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timerDigital zoomFace detection, Digital zoom
Camcorder1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)864 x 480 pixels 30 fpsResolution, 864 x 480 pixels 30 fps
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264H.263, 3GPH.263
FeaturesVideo light, Video calling, Video sharing Video sharing
Front-facing camera0.3 megapixels VGA 2 megapixels
Video capture640x480 (VGA) 1280x720 (720p HD)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 302Adreno 203Adreno 203
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

4 GB4 GB4 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

1800 mAh1500 mAh2000 mAh
Talk time10.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1202 min)
13.30 hours
the average is 20 h (1202 min)
16.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1202 min)
Stand-by time23.0 days (552 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
17.0 days (408 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
30.0 days (720 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
Talk time (3G)13.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1087 min)
10.50 hours
the average is 18 h (1087 min)
13.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1087 min)
Music playback86.00 hours26.00 hours37.00 hours
Video playback6.00 hours8.40 hours4.80 hours
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS900, 2100 MHz900, 2100 MHz900, 2100 MHz
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sHSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sHSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

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posted on 24 Jun 2014, 07:57 4

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

not bad........but i'm waiting if nokia decide to do mobile business again in 2016 then i still prefer Meego with android apps access. next N-Series - Nokia N10 make history again nokia.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:19 2

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

If they keep releasing such phones I doubt they'll even see 2016.

Moto E,G FTW !

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:41 2

3. checkmymike (Posts: 172; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

I couldnt agree more!

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:03 3

6. bokimaricu (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)

Nokia isn't releasing this, Microsoft is.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:12 1

8. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

They'd just acquired them last month. Do you really think it only takes one month to come up with a brand new phone ?! Of course, it was developed under Nokia.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:45 1

14. alumoyo (Posts: 369; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

You are partially right: but realistically, Microsoft probably had a lot of influence in this phones's development. It uses Microsoft services - the launcher is basically a windows phone clone. That couldn't have been done without Microsoft's blessing and HEAVY INPUT! Its Microsoft's handiwork through and through. Developed under the old Nokia yes, but with Microsoft influence. Remember they had ALREADY pumped in $1 billion long before the final purchase.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:12

9. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

What about low-end Galaxies like Galaxy Young, Pocket, Fame, etc.?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:38

20. NFSHesham (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)

all of these are absolutely worthless and lagging
a proper samsung entry level starts with the S Duos 2 followed by ACE 3 4G ( 3G Edition is rubbish) then go on to the Grand Neo and Grand 2
Although it is seriously reccomended not to buy an entry level samsung for the sheer lagginess of touchwiz in comparison to sony ,Huawei, HTC , LG and others

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:05 1

7. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Not bad if it were year 2011.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:49

4. carilotoz (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

I hope the nokia xl would get an update with the new ui and features
It woul be awesome!
But I dont think it will happen

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:56 1

5. piko1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

“Because of the necessary hardware upgrades, the Nokia X software platform 2.0 won’t be available on Nokia X, Nokia X+ or Nokia XL. However, more updates will be coming to further improve the experience of those devices in the coming months.”

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:25 1

10. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

Here is a good news for all Nokia fans. You will be so proud.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:44

11. alumoyo (Posts: 369; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

THE GREAT SCREW-OVER - VERSION 2.0 - This is why Microsoft will get nowhere in mobile. I give them three years - five tops!

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 12:29 1

15. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I disagree because 1= microsoft will hang in there like they did with XBOX which was not great when it first came out. 2=Microsoft keeps
updating their smart phone OS to get better and better features. 3=
it is going to be the smart phones the Enterprise uses most. 4= it already has most of the most apps people use most even though it does not have as many apps as android and apple smart phones have.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 15:33

18. jesusnexo (unregistered)

Thats what you get when you buy the first device froma new line... Just like google and google glass... They didnt updated thw original, they made a new version i believe exporer editiom 2 or something like that... Xbox one was also a fail and they changed it for a better and cheaper version without kinect and tv input.... When there is new stuff coming out its better to start fresh than trying to improve devices that didnt do good at first

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:01

12. Ahsan (Posts: 37; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

My $148 phone still beats Galaxy Core which is $238.

Antutu 17.8K

Soon Nokia will be myth.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:33

13. sip1995 (Posts: 1696; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

So what ?

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 13:11 2

16. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Damn you trolls stop putting entry level smart phones down! folks the fact is a lot of people
cannot afford or do not want to pay 500 to 800 or more dollars for a flag ship smart phone.
This` Nokia /Microsoft "X2" is an entry level smart selling for 136 American dollars and has
most of the components a smart phone should have including a front facing camera! if it were on sale in the USA people would buy it at that price despite the fact it does not have Google play store apps. The X2 gives Nokia and Microsoft Apps and can get some of the Google Play store apps at other open source android sites on the Internet. Conclusion this an entry level smart phone that's cheap which you can get thousands of apps for that are already available on the internet

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 15:29

17. jesusnexo (unregistered)

Yeah i agree people i comparing them to flagships, but still compared to a moto G, moto E, they seem like better options even my LG F6 which was 100 looks like a better option than one of these devices... But there again nokia still new on android, maybe the x3 or x4 will change since fromx to x2 it changed some stuff in favor of android

Maybe in december we will see x2 XL or X2+ and they will fix the issues people are compaining about

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 23:46

19. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

These are good for what they are, cheap, entry-level phones, designed to be phones for folks with less disable income, less interest in fancy gizmos, fewer options to choose from when shopping, "developing economies", or perhaps as a semi-disposable phone for a younger user or someone who needs an in-between unit until they get a better one or replacement.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 15:25

21. IrfanAttari (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

hi it shows nokia x2 has 4 gb buil in memory but yesterday i bought x2 it show only 2.25gb total storage and available storage 2.01gb where is 2gb memory

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