Nokia now Microsoft showcased its forked Android OS based XL smartphone at an event in Delhi yesterday. The XL is the company’s bigger variant of the X smartphone, which it launched in March, and the differentiating factors are the bigger display and the bumped up specifications. The X however didn t manage to impress us, considering the price tag. So what about the XL? Can it offer a better user experience, or is it just a bigger lookalike of the X? We got to spend some time with the device at the event and here s what we think of it. Also Read - Nokia X20, X10 India launch hinted by local website, could break into 5G handset marketAlso Read - Jio 5G service: Reliance Jio, Intel partner to develop 5G network for India
To begin with, the Nokia XL looks quite nice with its 520-like design language. Nokia has used a smooth polycarbonate chassis with a matte finish which is painted in a number of peppy colors, including orange, green and blue. It is slightly on the heavier side, but offers good grip due to the rubbery finish of the back panel. You can remove the back panel to find two SIM card trays, a microSD card, and a removable battery.
Talking about the display, the 5-inch WVGA display offers more screen space than the 4-inch display on the X, as well as better viewing angles. More screen space results in a better typing experience; however considering a smaller display packs in more pixels per inch, the display on the X is a tad sharper.
On the photography front, the 5-megapixel primary camera comes with auto focus and flash, something the X lacked. Also unlike the latter, the XL features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. There wasn t enough time to test the camera and we will reserve our judgment till we put them through the paces in our review.
The XL runs on a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and Nokia has paired it with 768MB of RAM, which is bumped up from the 512MB RAM on the X. During our hands-on, we played a game pre-loaded on the phone, and felt a slight lag in touch response while running it. This could however be a touch calibration issue.
The interface and touch experience is fluid, but there is no hiding the occasional jerks in between operations. We also faced some issues while unlocking the display by double tapping on it, but the company defends it saying it is intentional as you wouldn t want the phone to unlock while in bags or in pockets.
Moving on to the software bit, enough has already been said about Nokia’s forked Android version. It may be considered an Android smartphone, but it looks nothing like one, and is rather a mash-up of the Asha and Windows Phone operating systems. You will not only have to get used to a completely different UI, but also be ready to use Microsoft’s and Nokia’s services instead of Google’s.
From the short time we got to spend with it, the XL does feel like a better version of the X. We will give you a detailed rundown of the performance when we review this device. In the meantime all eyes will be on Nokia/Microsoft to see how they eventually price this device. To know more about the software, you can read our review of the Nokia X here.