Nokia XL Released in Pakistan


Nokia’s X line-up of Android phones was launched with huge expectations but things aren’t all rosy for the once-mammoth Finns. There have been compromises made here and there, performance issues are frequent and the interface can be erratic but there’s no doubt that the app issue, which has been Nokia’s Achilles Heels, has been solved to a lot of extent.

No wonder, there are a lot of fans for the series already. The good news for them is that the Nokia XL, the top-end phone of the series has finally been launched in Pakistan.

The phone brings a lot of notable changes over its younger siblings (Nokia X), most-prominent of which are the larger display, the better camera and the better battery life.

The display, which is the most-notable aspect measures at 5”, although it still has the same resolution. Colour reproduction and viewing angles should be fine, as they are on the X.

When I tested the Nokia X, one of the biggest issues I faced were related to the lack of RAM. The XL comes with 768 MB worth RAM, which is 50% more than the X. The rest of the specs are virtually the same.

Needless to say, though, if you’re a power user and have your heart set on an X series device, this is the phone for you.

I also found the camera on the X to be just usable. The XL solves that issue because not only has its camera got better resolution, but is also autofocus and has flash.

Dimensions must also be considered. While the X and X+ are compact and can be handled easily, the XL is large, comparing roughly to the Galaxy S5, but thicker. Still, Nokia has made use of the larger design to put a larger battery into the phone.

A memory card is also bundled, unlike the Nokia X.

Of course, the better specs come at a cost and the cost here is Rs. 18,000. That’s substantially more than that of the Nokia X and X+ but it should fall quickly.

Here is a detailed comparison between the three:

Nokia X Nokia X+ Nokia XL
Screen 4-inch IPS LCD, 800 x 480px 4-inch IPS LCD, 800 x 480px 5-inch IPS LCD, 800 x 480px
RAM 512 MB 768 MB 768 MB
Internal storage and included microSD card 4 GB internal
Up to 32 GB MicroSD card support
4 GB internal
Up to 32 GB MicroSD card support, 4 GB card included
4 GB internal
Up to 32 GB MicroSD card support, 4 GB card included
Rear camera 3 MP fixed focus 3 MP fixed focus 5 MP, autofocus and flash
Front camera 2 MP
Processor 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1 GHz dual-core 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1 GHz dual-core 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1 GHz dual-core
Networks ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100 ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100 ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100
Dimensions 115.5 mm x 63 mm x 10.4 mm 115.5 mm x 63 mm x 10.4 mm 141.3 mm x 77.7 mm x 10.8 mm
Weight 128.66 g 128.66 g 190 g
Battery life (on standby) 2G = Up to 28.5 days3G = Up to 22 days 2G = Up to 28.5 days3G = Up to 22 days 2G = Up to 41 days3G = Up to 26 days
Battery life (talk time) 2G = Up to 13.3 hours3G = Up to 10.5 hours 2G = Up to 13.3 hours3G = Up to 10.5 hours 2G = Up to 16 hours3G = Up to 13 hours

Comparison chart courtesy of Wikipedia

  • khalidraza

    need your kind video review to explain more ups and downs

  • Arslan Ejaz

    when will u post video review?????

  • Omair Ahmed

    Nokia, you are always late. Moto has announced its cheapest mobile named as Moto-E, just for $ 120 = 12,000 (may be 15,000 with taxes). Who will buy this mobile ? I guess only Nokia lovers :) .

    I have another question who will prefer the QMobile over Moto-E? within range of Rs.15,000?

    Ans. Only front-camera QMobile lovers. :D

    • Gulab Shah

      i prefer front-camera but i wouldnt go for qmobile its worst phone i dont like qm at all and never going to like at all

    • Fakhre Alam

      man you are strange, i moto E doesn’t have front cam because its a budget phone, but don’t pretend that front facing camera is useless. people use it for 3g video calls and skype.

      • Gulab Shah

        i need a front facing camera talk to my family and friends out side of pakistan and a front facing camera is not so expensive just 10 or 15 dollars more or less its not going to be big diff at all

        • Fakhre Alam

          exactly , phone with 3G support and without a front facing camera is a dumb phone.

          • Gulab Shah

            everyone has their own needs in everything but thats doesnt gives to anyone to tell what people like or not and huawei has the best front facing camera even iphone

  • Gulab Shah

    what i think its not worth to spend 18k on that kind of phone tho its nokia it doesnt mean people are crazy to spend 18k on this phone there is more better phone then that in the market

  • Saad Durrani

    Well, add 2k and you can get Moto G which has a Quadcore.

    • Hasnaat

      where can i buy Moto G in Lahore or Islamabad / Rawalpindi (I have tried to find it in Hafeez centre, but it was not available there).

      • Fakhre Alam

        i think u should wait for moto g lte version to make ur money for valuable.
        choice us urs anyway

      • Saad Durrani is the best place.

      • Lana Del Rey offers it for 20k while iShopping etc are selling it for 23

  • Muhammad Junaid Ali

    Dear Sir…. i read this review n wana ask you that….u said “one of the biggest issues I faced were related to the lack of RAM. The XL comes with 768 MB worth RAM”….so it means that XL must need RAM more than that???

    Other thing is does this RAM support all the apps when the phone memory gets full or stuff like that..or you can say..does phone hangs when heavy game will be played on it

    • Ali Asghar

      768mb never enough for Android apps, Especially 3rd party Android browsers, I have seen hanging issues on my Galaxy S2 having 1gb RAM running Android 4.1.2, even though my phone has only 5 apps like Whatsapp, viber, Skype UC Browser & Opera Mobile. When I open 3 tabs with sites using resources equal to, my phone’s desktop reloads when I minimise it to home screen, when I return to browser, I see it also closed by OS due to Android’s RAM management policy. This is why for those who’re looking to use it for browsing etc, I wouldn’t recommend it, this is the same reason why I don’t like Qmobile phones, they’re giving unusable phones in low prices bashing about dual-core quad-core and don’t mention that they’ve just a mere 512mb RAM and giving it for 13-16k, now to the conclusion, don’t ever buy Android phones which has less than 2gb RAM in JellyBean version, even 1GB isn’t enough for it, save the money and buy phones like Z1 Compact, Ascend P6 etc, for me there’s no point of buying such phones for even 13-15k if they are unusable and take ages to load apps in emergency cases.

  • Atif Ahmed

    Absolutely! Huawei is giving much better specs smartphones with low prices.

    • Danny


  • Atif Ahmed

    Huawei g610 is double in specs in front of this so called XL with same price in the market.

  • saaim

    sorry to hear abt ur phone issues bt igot galaxy s duos wd 87 apps installed n yet to face an issue.. mine rooted

    • Ali Asghar

      I gurantee you with so many apps, your homescreen will reload, it’s another thing if you didn’t noticed that, apart from that, your apps like browsers, & games will also close by OS if you want to minimise it, even light weight custom ROMs such as AOSP/AOKP/CM etc, your device is not giving you optimum performance, but if we compare it to Qmobile’s with Quad-Core and 512MB RAM, S Duos will be the winner in benchmark, so I hope now you understand what I meant to say, why to buy 16k Qmobile phones having Quad-Core processors if we can do the same operations faster in Samsung low end phones, company’s built Custom Jellybean versions can’t run smoothly in 768mb RAM for long.

  • Danny

    go for HUAWEI in such price… i get QUardcore.. i say Huawei G610s… no doubt best phone in this range…

  • kha

    hello admin, does it support nokia refocus app?

  • Adeel

    Please anybody tell me around 18k which one should i get,, QA900, XL, Huawei G610, or else…???