With Nokia X, X+ & XL, Nokia Finally Embraces Android At Affordable Prices

The Mobile World Congress has begun with a bang with unveiling of Nokia’s X family of smartphones. We had heard a lot about the Nokia X before but the unveiling of Nokia X+ and Nokia XL has surprised us. Many of our readers (and authors) had also thought that the Nokia X would be a one-off attempt from Nokia to embrace Android but we were wrong, since as it turns out Nokia has introduced the X lineup to sit somewhere between its Asha and Lumia series of smartphones. Since all of these devices run Nokia X OS which is a forked AOSP Android OS (Android 4.1 to be precise) you won’t be getting access to Google’s apps or Play Store. Apps will be available from the Nokia Store, third-part app stores and they can also be side-loaded. The Nokia family of smartphones borrows UI designs from Lumia and Asha. You get tile-based Home screen that you find on a Windows Phone and a second home-screen which is a redesigned version of Asha Fastlane notification center. Other salient features of Nokia X family include offline satellite navigation service (HERE Maps), Nokia Mix Radio, free cloud storage space of 7GB from Microsoft OneDrive, Outlook email service and a free one month subscription for international landline calls on Skype for selected markets. Third party apps like BBM, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Viber, We Chat, Vine and Twitter come preloaded.

Nokia X Family

Coming to the smartphones’ hardware, they are all powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 processor. Since the smartphones have been targeted at emerging markets, Dual-SIM functionality has been included. Despite having different sizes they all feature 15:9 aspect ratio IPS LCD panels that have a WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution. All screens come equipped with display features like brightness control, tactile feedback, orientation sensor, Nokia Glance screen, wide viewing angle and screen double tap unlock. All of them come with Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and 3G connectivity. Onboard you get 4GB of storage and an option to expand that storage to up to 32GB by using microSD cards. So the question that you might be asking right now is what are the differences between all these smartphones? Well, your queries have been answered in the following paragraphs.

The Nokia X is the base model and it comes with a 4-inch display. It includes 512 MB of RAM and a 3-megapixel camera. It will be available for the public from today in Asia Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa for a retail price of € 89 (7,574 INR) in green, black, white, yellow, cyan and red colour variants.
Nokia X 1
The Nokia X+ is the next model and it comes with a larger RAM of 768 MB and a 4GB microSD card in the box. The phone will set you back by € 99 (8,429 INR).

Nokia X+ 1

Finally we have the Nokia XL which is the biggest of them all as it comes with a larger 5-inch display and the same amount of RAM as included in the Nokia X+. It has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and a front 2MP camera for Skype calls. The Nokia XL will cost you € 109 (8290 INR). The Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL will arrive in stores in second quarter of 2014.

Nokia XL 1

You can peruse through the comparison spec sheet of the three smartphones below.


So you have met all the members of the Nokia X family now, the much leaked #-Link-Snipped-# and the surprises like #-Link-Snipped-# and #-Link-Snipped-#. So have all your expectations been met by Nokia in its foray to the Android ecosystem? Post your views right now in the comment section below.

Source: #-Link-Snipped-#


  • Anoop Kumar
    Anoop Kumar
    One line description of Nokia android...
    Inferior hardware which don't have access to Play Store or Google apps 😲.
  • Satya Swaroop Dash
    Satya Swaroop Dash
    Yes, I am disappointed too. The spec sheet saddens me. I expected Nokia (who deliver excellent hardware) to make the Nokia X family as good as possible but they didn't and there is a very good reason why. If they had built the X series of smartphones to the best of their capabilities it would have been better than the Windows Phone devices (read, better app ecosystem) and that would have defeated the purpose of the Microsoft acquisition. So to keep its adoptive parents happy, Nokia built phones that were inferior in terms of camera, battery life, video playback and RAM.
  • Abhishek Rawal
    Abhishek Rawal
    Opensource FTW! 😁
  • Anoop Kumar
    Anoop Kumar
    Abhishek Rawal
    Opensource FTW! 😁

You are reading an archived discussion.

Related Posts

The biggest event in technology industry, the big figure of 19 billion freakin' dollars and the news that shook the entire silicon valley. We all witnessed that. CrazyEngineers has a...
Opera Software is in news with the launch of its beta version of the Opera Max app on Android. The app is used to crunch the mobile data on your...
Wikipedia, a well-known crowd sourced encyclopedia, uses Internet bots along with human editors to put data on its website. Internet bot is nothing but a software which is used to...
Am getting an error saying "Unable to read package metadata", I have uploaded the picture of the error. Help me solving this issue. Thanks.
Apart from unveiling forked Android based Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL smartphones, Nokia has taken the covers of the Nokia 220 which is an entry-level feature phone that...