Here’s our first hands video of the new Nokia XL Smartphone, the larger and more expensive of the three Android-based Smartphones launched by Nokia this week at MWC 2014. As we mentioned in our in depth ‘Nokia X Series Explained’ article yesterday, the Nokia XL is at the intersection of Windows Phone 8 and Android OSes in that it uses a forked version of Android with a custom Nokia skin that clearly resembles Windows Phone 8. Nicole Scott, gets hands on.
Nokia XL Specifications:
• 5″ IPS LCD Display (480 x 800)
• Dual Core 1.0 GHz Snapdragon S4 Play (MSM8225)
• Adreno 203 Graphics
• 768MB RAM
• 4GB Internal Storage (plus Micro USB)
• 5MP Rear Camera/ 2MP Front
• 141mm x 77.7mm x 10.9mm
• 190 grams
• 2000mAh Battery
• Dual SIM
The Nokia XL will retail for approx €109, or approx $150, which makes it the most expensive of the three models launched this week which include the Nokia X (€89) and the Nokia X+ (€99). The hardware spec of the Nokia XL is actually quite balanced when you consider the price they’re trying to target. The user experience is slick enough with virtually no noticeable lag. But the price tag makes a huge statement of intent, with Nokia virtually re-wring the low-end, affordable Smartphone space. The build quality is there in spades, and it’s very much Nokia flavored.
The Nokia X Series is Nokia’s stab at the entry-level space where it cares more about introducing new users to its app and services eco-system, than revenue from hardware sales. Those apps and services will be completely Microsoft-based after the acquisition of Nokia is completed. I guess that by that stage we’ll know just how much the entry-level means to Microsoft.
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