The Nokia XL is the bigger brother of the Nokia X. While the X Software platform is built on Android, the X is not an

Nokia XL Dual SIM photos & first impressions

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The Nokia XL is the bigger brother of the Nokia X. While the X Software platform is built on Android, the X is not an Android smartphone as you probably know it. However, it is a capable phone that meets the needs of certain users.

The Nokia XL unit we have here is orange in colour. I think that it looks better than black or green, but hey, colour preferences are entirely subjective.

The first shocker for me was the size of the XL. For whatever reason, I wasn’t expecting it to be that huge – then I remembered that it has a 5-inch display. That’s borderline phablet territory. Next thing was the weight. The XL is quite hefty at 190g. Here is a shot of the XL sandwiched between the 5-inch Huawei Honor 3C and the 5.5-inch TECNO R7:
Nokia XL size comparison

The Nokia X Software platform version that it comes with is based on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). I checked, and there isn’t any further update available at the moment.

In terms of specs, here is what’s different from the Nokia X:

  • larger 5″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, (187 ppi)
  • larger 768MB RAM
  • better 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus camera with LED flash
  • front-facing camera
  • bigger Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery

The XL is powered by the same 1.0GHz dual-core processor as the X. Of the 4GB internal storage, only 1.2GB is available to the user, so you will be needing a microSD card for sure.

Nokia XL top

The Nokia XL does not appear to be more sluggish than the X, which was a fear of mine, giving that it has a larger display, same processor and just extra 256MB of RAM. The display pixels are the same, though, so it isn’t pushing more pixels than the X. In terms of raw benchmarks, here is how the XL scores beside the X:

Nokia X Nokia XL
AnTuTu: 7,534 AnTuTu: 7,395
Quadrant: 2,779 Quadrant: 2,951

Basically, we are looking at a close call.

Nokia XL rear camera
The 5 megapixel rear camera is quite good. I took a few shots with it yesterday and it produced very good results. You can expect sample photos from me soon.

I have installed a few apps to take care of essential needs, including CardDav for synchronising y Google Contacts. I will be installing more from the Store and 1Mobile Market (my preferred 3rd party Android app store).

Nokia XL sandwiched

Feel free to ask any questions that you have using the comments section below. My final thoughts will be ready in a few days and I would love to answer as many questions as you may have. Meanwhile, if you need help with using your Nokia X or XL, check out the five articles in our X-files archives.


  1. Hi Mr. Mo
    As a daily driver, can it withstand the vigours of constant use?
    How much lag are we talking about here? Crash-free? Does the dual-sim system really excel than most?
    Battery life good or bad? Voice calls clear? Data speed & reliability?


  2. Does the XL lag as much as the X does when you go back to the home screen?

    I’m really waiting for you to get the X2, then we can compare and contrast the new Nokia X AOSP with the current one.

  3. I handled one at the Village recently, and just to buttress, the XL is really huge…I can identify with Mr. Mo when he says “he was shocked at the size..” I was too! Clearly phablet, its screen is really responsive and slick like the one on the medium to high-end Lumia devices. Better display as well compared to the X.

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