5 Inch Android Phone by NokiaNokia surprised us by releasing not one but three Android phones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – Nokia X, X+ and XL.
Nokia XL is the big brother among the three with the largest screen at 5 inches. It also has the best camera, memory and battery. To top it all, it still has an affordable price!
Here’s how Nokia XL looks like:
|Nokia XL is available in a wide array of bright colors!|
Nokia XL Android User Interface and AppsPinoy Techno Guide readers often ask about how Android looks on a Nokia phone. They are also very concerned with what apps are available since Google Play isn’t compatible with Nokia XL.
Nokia has done a very good job at customizing Android that it is barely recognizable. You might even think that Nokia XL is still running on Windows Phone OS.
|Nokia Xl's Fastlane replaces the notifications on Android while HERE maps replaces Google Maps.|
Nokia X 1.0 (that’s the name of the OS) is tile based. Each tile corresponds to an app with others showing updates like previews of your photos. You have to scroll down to see other apps.
To install apps, you just have to go to the Store tile and select from the hand-picked apps there. Popular apps like Plants vs Zombies and BBM are there but if you can’t find what you want, you can just use other app stores like the Amazon Appstore.
Nokia XL Processor, Memory and BatteryNokia XL is powered by a 1GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM. This combo is a bit disappointing but it performs well with normal usage – texts, calls, browsing the net, casual gaming and photography.
There’s 4GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD. If you like cloud storage, there’s also 10GB free storage on OneDrive (erstwhile SkyDrive) that comes pre-installed.
Nokia promises up to 13 hours of 3G talk time or 6 hours of browsing via Wi-Fi with Nokia XL’s 2,000 mAh battery.
Nokia XL Design, Display and Camera
The 5 inch display also looks good despite the low resolution. That might be due to the bright colors of the live tiles.
When it comes to photography, Nokia XL has a 5MP autofocus main camera and a 2MP wide angle front camera.
Nokia XL Networks and ConnectivityNokia XL is a dual core handset with 3G connectivity for faster mobile internet browsing.
There’s A-GPS used by HERE Drive and HERE Maps for navigation and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS for wireless file transfer.
Nokia XL Specs
- 1GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
- Nokia X Software OS (Customized Android)
- 5 Inch IPS Display @ 800 x 480 Pixels or 187 PPI
- 5 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with LED Flash
- 2 Megapixel Wide Angle Front Camera
- 768MB of RAM
- 4GB Internal Storage
- Dual SIM/Dual Standby
- 3G (HSDPA), EDGE and GPRS Networks
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Stereo FM Radio
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Proximity Sensor
- 2,000 mAh Battery
Nokia XL Price and Availability in the PhilippinesSince Nokia XL and the two other Android phones from Nokia are targeted for the emerging markets like the Philippines, we can expect the three to be available here by next month. Some online shops might even offer them two weeks from now.
The official SRP of Nokia XL is 109 Euros – that’s Php6,700. However, expect a higher price for Nokia XL here in the Philippines – probably around Php7,000.
Update (June 1, 2014): Nokia XL is now available here in the Philippines for Php8,990.