Nokia X, X+ and XL Android Phones: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Nokia launched their “X” line of phones this week at MWC 2014. The line of Android phones includes the Nokia X, the Nokia X+, and the Nokia XL. What’s the difference between these phones? What makes these phones so cool? Read on to find out!

1. The Differences Between Nokia X, X+, and XL Phones

According to Android Police, the Nokia X is an entry-level smartphone model. While this device has a 4-inch screen, the XL will have a 5-inch screen. The Nokia X has 512MB of RAM, but the X+ and XL will have 768MB of RAM.

The XL also has a front-facing camera and a rear camera, whereas the other two phones just have a rear camera.

2. Availability of Nokia X Phones and Release Dates

The X phone is on sale now, but people who want the X+ or XL have to wait until April. American smartphone fans, bad news: you aren’t likely to get these phones any time soon. The Verge reports:

“The X will be released…in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and a few other global locations, but it won’t be making its way to North America, Japan, Korea, or Western European countries. These aren’t competitors to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or Apple’s iPhone 5S, and there are certainly no surprising hardware additions like a 41-megapixel camera or a giant 6-inch display. Instead, the standout feature of the Nokia X lineup is the software that powers it: Android.”

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3. Lukewarm Critical Response to the Nokia X Line

CNET poses the question, “are the Nokia X and X+ what Android fans had hoped for?” Their answer: “Not even close.”

Critical response has been a little bit lukewarm to the phones thus far. PC Pro had some cutting observations about this low-end phone:

“…the tell-tale signs of cost-cutting are present. The display is a small, 4in unit, with a low resolution of 480 x 800. Image quality seems pretty good, though; there’s plenty of contrast, and a handy dose of brightness too.

The camera – at three megapixels with no flash – doesn’t offer much either, and under the hood you get the bare minimum of mobile horsepower: a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, a paltry 4GB of storage which can be expanded to 32GB by way of the microSD slot.”

4. Nokia X Pricing

Gizmodo has the pricing info:

“…the X range is designed to be more affordable than the Lumia range, both now and in the the future. The phone will be ‘broadly available globally’, starting in growth markets, and they’ll cost $125 for the X, $135 for the X+, and $150 for the XL.

They’re certainly cheap, then, but it’s hard to say whether that represents good value or not. “

5. Nokia X Free-With-Purchase Perks

BGR reports that Microsoft will be gifting Nokia X buyers with one month of free calls on Skype, and 1GB of OneDrive storage.

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