Nokia XL announced: forked Android on a 5-inch Nokia
posted by Chris P. / Feb 24, 2014, 3:21 AM
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.
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.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
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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Extremely nice and affordable, but too heavy.. However, phone of the year and very welcome Nokia
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 3:25 AM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 4:37 AM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 3:25 AM 5
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You'll understand soon, my friend.. It's a good thing long term..
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 3:30 AM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 3:32 AM 1
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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?
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 4:11 AM 1
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?
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 3:31 AM 0
Meh but still, this will definitely kill the low end lumias on emerging markets. Waiting for their high end one.
posted on Feb 24, 2014, 3:40 AM 1
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