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Nokia XL: Can this Android phone compete with its peers?

Last updated on: May 02, 2014 14:04 IST

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Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi

After its much-awaited entry in the Android platform category, Finnish handset maker Nokia has taken a step further to mark its presence in the segment.

With the Nokia XL, which was unveiled in the country on Thursday, the company has entered the Android phablet arena.

The device comes with a five-inch screen, which features a resolution of 480x800 pixels and a density of 187 ppi.

It runs on the forked version of Android 4.1.2.

The OS is heavily customised and comes with a slew of Nokia branded features such as Fastlane UI, HERE maps, MixRadio, etc.

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Image: The Nokia XL is seen at its unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 24, 2014.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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The gadget is powered by a Snapdragon dual-core processor running at 1GHz, complemented by Adreno 203 GPU and 768MB RAM.

The sleek unibody design of the device with the sturdy build that Nokia is famous for makes the device worth noticing.

The XL boasts a five-megapixel auto focus camera at the back with an LED flash and features like panorama and auto focus.

It also has two-megapixel front camera that would allow you to make video calls over 3G or Skype, something that was severely missed in the Nokia X.

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Image: Nokia X family.
Photographs: Courtesy, www.android.gs

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The other important distinction is the lack of access to the Play Store -- you can download apps from Nokia's store, and a third-party app store, Yandex.

The device houses 4GB of internal storage, which can be increased up to 32GB with the use of micro SD cards.

The Nokia XL scores great in terms of connectivity as well.

It features 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth with A2DP and micro USB etc.

It has been fueled by a 2,000mAh battery that promises a talk time of 15 hours on 2G network, 13 hours on 3G network and 37 hours of uninterrupted music playback.

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Image: Nokia XL phone.
Photographs: Courtesy, nokia.com

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With the Nokia XL, you don't need to spend a lot to get a phablet from a reputed brand. The device brings you the trust of Nokia along with the flexibility of Android, packed in a stylish body.

Although the display quality is not at par with the high-end phablets, but the price tag justifies it well.

However, if you are interested in small screen then Nokia X can also serve your needs well.

The price of the device has not been disclosed yet, but if it is around Rs 15,000, then it is certainly worth considering.

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