Nokia XL announced: forked Android on a 5-inch Nokia


After months of restless speculation, Nokia has finally done it: The Nokia X line of Android-powered devices is now a tangible reality. The Nokia XL, in particular, is the priciest member of the X family, but the price is justified with better specs. Before we get into those, however, it's important to understand that this is Nokia's take on Android, and not Google's. This means that, much like Amazon's Fire OS (which is also based on Android), Nokia has played with the code to a significant degree. What are the practical results, then? Well, for starters, the Nokia XL's UI looks nothing like the standard Android interface -- it's inherently different. The other important distinction is the lack of access to the Play Store -- you can download app from Nokia's store, and a third-party app store, Yandex.

Anyways, lets talk specs. As you may have gleaned from the title, the Nokia XL is a fairly large, 5-inch device, in tune with the times. As far as the Android platform is concerned, at least. The resolution of the IPS LCD panel, at 480x800 pixels, is nothing to write home about -- it adds up to 187 pixels per inch, which ain't a whole lot. Under the hood, you'll find a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip from Qualcomm, and 768MB of RAM, which will hopefully be enough to provide a smooth experience on Nokia's fork of Android. On-board storage sits at 4GB, and is expandable with a microSD card for up to 32GB more. Nokia has also disclosed quite some details about the duo of cameras found on the XL. The LED flash-equipped, 5-megapixel rear-facing unit has a 1/4 inch sensor and aperture of f/2.8. Focal length is 32mm. On the software side, things look satisfying -- there are manual ISO and white balance controls, and the phone can take panoramic photos. The wide-angle, front-facing snapper, at 2-megapixel, doesn't sound at all bad, either, and it should prove more than sufficient for the occasional video call or selfie.

The rest of the specs include Bluetooth 3.0 HS, A-GPS, and FM Radio, and a 2000mAh battery. Last, but not least, the Nokia XL has support for two SIM cards, which makes a lot of sense, considering that Nokia is targeting emerging markets. It also makes sense that Nokia has priced the XL pretty aggressively, at €109 ($150). The phone will be made available in Q2 2014, but the US is an unlikely target for the time being.



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37 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Extremely nice and affordable, but too heavy.. However, phone of the year and very welcome Nokia

27. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Phone of the year? Let's not forget that the Zenfone line was announced with super low prices as well. This phones direct competition is the Zenfone 5 which bests the Nokia X+ in every category. Both 5" screens: Zenfone is 720p 294ppi, Nokia is WVGA 187ppi. Zenfone has a 8MP camera, Nokia 5MP. Zenfone 1 GB RAM, Nokia 768 MB RAM. Zenfone has Google Play Services with Microsoft offerings downloadable from the Play Store, Nokia stuck with an alternate market. Both are priced at $150 USD... Asus wins the budget race. Also with phone of the year for 2014 it's very early to make that call.... Don't count out HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and the next Nexus. Reluctantly I also have to point out that there might be a bigger iPhone released this year which might tickle someone's fancy. Not mine, but there are plenty of iPhone fans about.

30. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Err... I meant Nokia XL...

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Three Words: Will Sold More............. 100 million and up.

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Can anyone tell me what's the point of these Nokias? I think entry level W8 Lumias are just fine, they perform okay and have okay app support. But Scroogled Android that will have major app compatibility issues on both sides and sporting an OS that needs more minimal resources than W8 (plus the terrible screen of these phones) just doesn't make sense. Fanboys leave me alone, I'm not bashing Nokia, I'm just curious how this makes sense.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You'll understand soon, my friend.. It's a good thing long term..

11. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Long term? I Hope these last in the market for more than 6 months...

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who knows.... If MS can make WP last for years, then...... Like I said who knows.... Times change...

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

ikr. If anything Android should be high-end devices and not low-end where it normally ends up lagging because of poor hardware. Dont even get me started on that god awful UI. Don't see how its any better than already affordable Moto G.

17. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

i think you have a crap brain .. read all articles and news ... then your brain will understand

21. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'crap brain'

22. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'crap brain'

29. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sorry fanboy. The Moto G is by far a better phone than this monstrosity. The Zenfone 5 and 6 are better phones than this....

26. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

what if they prove that this hardware is more than enough? do you think We, End users,have a clear idea on the hardware needed to run latest versions of Android? After JB i think Android became a matured Operating system. Runs very smoothly. I just dont understand why even after fine tuning android to the best of its state why we are still worrying about high end hardware? where is the glitch then?

24. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Wait for cm to change everything about this phone because when cm hits this, then Nokia+android=110 euros is going to be a sweet deal

3. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

GOOD ONE . Good job NOKIA !

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I can dig it!!!....... Asha, X, and Lumia... The killer combo.. Thanks, and great job MS, and Nokia!

6. lukkiristi unregistered

Is it possible to root these devices and install KitKat? I mean, Google said it's made to work with as little as 512MB ram. Cause if that can be done, then you'd have Google Play Store, right? I'm not an expert, but maybe someone here knows?

13. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

just wait and see what the Android Developers will do to these devices ...of course we will have playstore after Rooting ... He he he !!!

15. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

theres all the time a door :)

28. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The single hardware button will be an issue though

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Let's hope that with the success of the Nokia X line, Nokia will make a high-end version of it. Best of luck to Nokia! :D

9. Pinder4u

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Big screen for entry level... people who want big screen at affordable price.. reminds me of Galaxy grand

10. lucid.brat unregistered

Mr Elop I loved ur green shoes in the event.....i really happy with the price

12. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

just upgrade that display to a Clear Black with 330+ ppi & 2GB RAM and i will say Shut up and take my Money NOKIA !!! ......

14. gabriel2

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

am sure the forks at xda would do sumfin about this fone maybe give a custom rom or sum modification to make it run google services

16. SleepingOz unregistered

Meh but still, this will definitely kill the low end lumias on emerging markets. Waiting for their high end one.

18. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

LMFAO.. MS would love that..

32. SleepingOz unregistered

I bet they will!

20. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

Who cares if it has play store pre-installed or not. Wouldn't we be able to install play store apk by ourselves?? Its Android after all......

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