Nokia XL the first Dual SIM Android Phabet from Nokia
Nokia launched the XL smart phone in February 2014. The device costs Rs. 7800*/-
The phone has a Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset. It also has a Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU. The graphics are taken care by the Adreno 203 GPU. The device has a native memory of 4GB and 786 MB RAM. There is a Micro SD card slot that expands the memory up to 32 GB.
The XL has Android v4.1.2 Jellybean OS in it. It also features an Accelerometer sensor and Proximity sensor. The device has an HTML browser and it has Java support (with MIDP emulator).
The phone has a 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen. It has 480 x 800 pixels resolution and 187 ppi pixel density. The device is based on the Nokia X platform 1.0 UI.
Battery and Connectivity:
The phone is powered by a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery. The battery has Up to 720 h Stand by and Up to 16 h (2G) / Up to 13 h (3G) talk time. Additionally, the device has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth (v3.0, A2DP) GPS (A-GPS) Radio and Micro USB (v 2.0) connectivity.
Nokia XL has a primary 5 Megapixel camera with 2592 х 1944 pixels resolution. The camera has AF and LED flash. It features panorama and face detection. The camera shoots 480p videos @ 30fps. There is a 2 MP secondary camera too.
Nokia XL Dual SIM Detailed Review
Nokia XL, another device from Nokia which is based on its own Android version. This phone has a slightly higher specs compared to the original Nokia X and falls in budget segment under 10k. The phone has a 5MP camera, a bigger 5 inch screen and slightly higher – 768MB RAM when compared to Nokia X’s 512MB. Sure there are lot number of competitors in the sub 10k segment, even some of them having better specs. So what does this unique phone offer when compared to others? Let us find out and see how this device performs in the real world and where it ends up in the segment.
Design & Display:
The phone looks similar to Nokia X and once again follows the same trend of the Asha+Lumia design combination. The phone feels like a brick weighing 190gms which is way too much in the present day and 10.99mm thicker. However the build quality is solid and durable. There is only one back button in the middle. The back cover is removable and comes in various color options like orange, green, yellow, black etc. The phone sports a 5 inch IPS LCD screen with 480x800 resolution and 187 ppi. This looks a bit bad when compared to what other makers like Motorola are offering. Viewing angles are excellent but colors lack the punchiness. Brightness levels are okay but due to reflective screen sunlight legibility isn’t good at all.
The UI more or less looks the same as of Nokia X. We have the resizable but not live tiles on the app drawer. The Fastlane, which we have seen in Asha phones, comes here too showing recent apps, activities etc. The UI also has Glance screen feature and you can wake the screen with a double tap. There is a notification panel which consists of few toggle switches. The whole impression on the UI is mixed and whether one likes it or not depends entirely on the individual’s choice. Overall, the UI feels smoother with less lag when compared to that of Nokia X.
Camera & Audio:
The phone is equipped with a 5 MP camera at the back. This time Nokia didn’t disappoint us and included a 2MP camera on the front. The phone is also blessed with Auto Focus and LED flash. The camera interface is similar to that of Nokia X and seems like a mix up of Asha series’ and windows phone OS’s camera interface. There are few options on the right like white balance, exposure setting and in the settings menu you can have whole lot of options for tweaking the picture quality. Image quality is good and the camera managed to capture some good amount of detail. Noise is also kept minimal and colors look decent enough. Video capture is only limited to 480p and the quality isn’t good at all, mostly losing the detail and focus. Coming to audio output, the loudspeaker produces clean audio with less distortion and it is sufficiently loud enough.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
This phone comes in dual sim version; supports two micro sim cards. Network reception is excellent and we did not face any issues with it. Call quality is good and both the parties are able to hear a very clear and loud output, but sometimes the sound gets distorted and loudness levels are okay. The phone also supports Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G, Stereo FM Radio and A-GPS. Internal memory is limited to only 4GB out of which you get around 1.2GB only for storage, but the device also supports microSD cards upto 32GB. Since this is not exactly the present Android we have in our mobiles, you cannot have Google play services but apps can be installed from Nokia store. So most of the important and badly needed apps are present in the store, but if you were expecting something like Google play apps, you’d be disappointed.
Performance & Battery:
The device runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 play chipset which was used in Nokia X, with a dual core 1GHz processor, a slightly higher 768MB RAM and again the same Adreno 203 GPU. Nokia optimised the OS so well that even with lesser RAM and age old chipset, the phone is able to run smoother. The phone is able to score around 7.9k in Antutu benchmark and around 2.2k in Quadrant, which is more or less on the same lines of Nokia X. Normal usage feels smoother but loading some apps sometimes feels a bit laggy. Since no Google play support and lesser RAM, if you’re expecting some kind of great gaming, you would be disappointed. The phone has a removable 2000mAh battery, which is decent enough for the price and since the display or processor won’t eat up much battery, it lasts easily for one full day under moderate usage.
Solid build quality
Whole new Android experience
Decent battery life
Not the Android we were expecting – no Google play
Feels a bit bulky
Processor performance could have been better
Rivals offer a better display
So far there is some uniqueness in Nokia XL. It has whole lot of plus points stacked against few major weakpoints including no proper app catalogue. The affordable price tag is where the device feels okay and if you want to try something new, the Nokia XL would be happy to entice you. But however, for the regular user, who wants some apps and gaming, it’s not exactly what you’re looking for. But in future, if this phone can garner some fanfare, we can see some great number of apps in the store but it depends on how people tend to receive this for now. Anyway, if you want a device in this range, you can choose this one only if you want something new as mentioned earlier, but we recommend looking at rivals like, Lumia 525, Lumia 630, Moto E, Moto G etc. which could make a better choice.
Nokia XL Rivals:
Asus Zenfone 5
Motorola Moto E
Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM
Nokia X2 Dual SIM
Sony Xperia E3 Dual
Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Duos
Micromax Canvas A1
Karbonn Sparkle V
Spice Dream UNO Mi 498
Xiaomi Redmi 1S
|Release Date||2014, March|
|Operating System||Android v4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Processor||1 GHz Dual Core Cortex A5 Processor|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play|
|+ RAM & STORAGE|
|Internal Memory||4 GB|
|External Storage||32 GB|
|+ DISPLAY & TOUCH|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Capacitive|
|Screen Type||IPS LCD|
|Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|Pixel Density||~187 ppi|
|User Interface||Nokia fastlane|
|Rear Camera||5 MP|
|Front Camera||2 MP|
|Camera Features||LED Flash|
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800|
|3G Network||WCDMA 850 / 2100|
|4G Network||No (Not Available in India)|
|+ SIM OPTIONS|
|Dual SIM||Yes, GSM and GSM|
|Dimensions||141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm|
|Color||Bright Green, Orange, Cyan, Yellow, Black, White|
|3G||HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|4G||No (Not Available in India)|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|+ MUSIC & VIDEO|
|Music Player||MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+|
|Radio||Yes, Stereo FM Radio|
|Video Player||MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV|
|SMS||Yes, Threaded View|
|Email, Push Email|
|Battery Type||Standard Battery Li-ion 2000 mAh battery|
|Talktime||Upto 16 hours (2G) / Upto 13 hours (3G)|
|Standy by Time||Upto 720 hours|
|+ APPS & GAMES|
|Built-in Apps||Google Play, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Gmail, Youtube|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|+ Additional Features|
|SNS Integration, Predictive Text input|