Nokia XL goes on sale in Asia, Africa and Middle East

It's been over two months since Nokia first announced its Nokia X family of Android-based smartphones. While the cheapest of the three devices, the Nokia X, went on sale immediately in some parts of the world, the more expensive version, the Nokia XL, is only now becoming available to purchase.

Today, Nokia's smartphone unit, now part of Microsoft, announced the Nokia XL is finally on sale in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The five inch display runs a forked version of Android and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Shapdragon dual core processor, with 756 MB of RAM and an microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of storage. It also has a five megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.

Even though it runs a version of Android, there's still a lot of Microsoft inside the Nokia XL, thanks to the addition of OneDrive, Skype and a tile-based UI that resembles the Modern look of a Windows Phone start screen. Apps can be downloaded via the Nokia store and the smartphone also allows users to download software from third party stores.

The Nokia XL is now on sale for 109 euros ($151) and comes in several colors (green, orange, yellow, cyan, black or white). There's no word yet if the smartphone will be sold in Europe and the U.S. The middle child of the smartphone family, the Nokia X+, has yet to be released.

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Android is a great platform but with this interface and branding on low-end hardware, people will be keen to move on to a new device if as AsherGZ says it doesn't run all that great!

It is quite likely that the Nokia X buyers will start to seek the same experience (Apps, Features and Interface) that they were attracted to elsewhere. Just with a better finish and improved performance. This is where the budget Lumia range and Windows Phone come in!

Microsoft can use the most popular platform to highlight the best of their products by providing a 'watered down Windows Phone experience'., as a bonus they get to make Android seem inadequate and slow by taking away its own unique features.

Edited by thechronic, May 7 2014, 10:57pm :

I thought Microsoft would axe this upon the final acquisition. But I can see what they're trying to do.

j2006 said,
I thought Microsoft would axe this upon the final acquisition. But I can see what they're trying to do.

Indeed. Right now WP doesn't run (smooth) on hardware that cheap. But someone will be selling smartphones to consumers at that price range. Might as well be Microsoft with a locked down version of Android that locks people in MS services. Than when they're ready to upgrade their logical upgrade path is into WP.

I still think it would have been wiser to strip WP8 (or 7) and sell it with a minimal of apps but its something.

j2006 said,
I thought Microsoft would axe this upon the final acquisition. But I can see what they're trying to do.

these are probably already manufactured,and they likely wont produce anymore. they either sell them to recoup the costs in making them, or burn them to the ground and eat a loss.


Ronnet said,

Indeed. Right now WP doesn't run (smooth) on hardware that cheap.

lumia 520 runs on lesser specs than this, and about the same specs as the X, and windows phone can go even lower and still run smooth.

Ronnet said,

Indeed. Right now WP doesn't run (smooth) on hardware that cheap. But someone will be selling smartphones to consumers at that price range. Might as well be Microsoft with a locked down version of Android that locks people in MS services. Than when they're ready to upgrade their logical upgrade path is into WP.

I still think it would have been wiser to strip WP8 (or 7) and sell it with a minimal of apps but its something.

Kidding, not knowledgeable, or astro turfer?

The 520/521 runs on less specs with even cheaper hardware without a hiccup.

Yep, and this doesn't run smooth. Don't know if it's the Nokia launcher or just Android but I tried the X the other day and after using the 520, it felt like navigating through slime. You can't have more than two apps open simultaneously.

j2006 said,
I thought Microsoft would axe this upon the final acquisition. But I can see what they're trying to do.

I doubt they'll kill it off - as long as the customer is using Microsoft services that is their main concern.

Wonder how many hacked the X model and installed Google services. Good way to have the good hardware of a Nokia device, cheap price, and hack to get vanilla Android. Tho it doesnt appear there is a complete OS replacement....but one will probably be available in the near future.