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Nokia XL announced, 5-inch display and Android apps in one package

Nokia XL

Nokia isn’t done with surprises. Nokia has just announced the Nokia XL. Another smartphone running a forked version of Android. It’s notable for featuring a 5-inch IPS display. Think Nokia X/X+, but on a much larger display. Like the X and X+, the Nokia XL is mean to push users to Microsoft’s services and appeal to emerging markets.

The Nokia XL is geared at users in emerging markets who want a larger phone and display. Nokia has put in a 5MP rear camera with flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. The Nokia XL runs Skype, video, games and other media with aplomb, but at a fair price.

Nokia XL will cost 109 euros and should come in Q2 for most markets.

More to come!



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MilkyTee says:

109 euros! Crazy cheap.

coip says:

Is it? Aren't the low-end Lumias cheaper or just about as cheap? If so, how is this phone a good idea for Nokia/Microsoft? Why not save the R&D costs and work to make Windows Phones cheaper instead?

rockstarzzz says:

Exactly. Never understood this business strategy.

ushodax says:

i keep thinking that this is some kind of way to make some money with the Nokia brand before they can't release smarthphones to the market. This is money for NOKIA and only NOKIA, no wp in here, almost nothing to do with MS besides the apps


did someone noticed, when elop step out of the stage the first time, he was about to burst into tears? that cof cof shit ain't no going to trick me

Sp12er says:

I disagree... I kept thinking that it's a good improvement from Asha's feature phone OS and I agree that It'll encourage phone users that Have a taste of Nokia X series to upgrade to WP (because the Microsoft Ecosystem) by the time Smartphone is a basic need. :)

as147 says:

Its easy, sell MS services. Satya has said cloud first, mobile first. The OS is a gateway to that. They aren't selling many WP gateways to their cloud services (yet) so use somebody else's OS which is popular to sell your services! An added bonus is it will use the Google door to close users from Google services!

Would love to see the reaction from our mates at Google HQ, especially if it sells well and tames market share from them!

Initial response from Google will be we are not worried, well lets see shall we!

The only thing I don't know if it was a good idea is to mimic the tile interface. Google didn't need it so I would have said don't fix what isn't broken. I can see why they did it but the tile interface has some baggage due to Windows 8 and shop staff selling these devices will be biased. We know how important it is that they are on board. I reckon it would have been safer to leave it as a skin option and to start with a standard icon layout.

Then consumers would see all the same cheap Android devices - HTC, LG, Samsung and.... a Nokia for that cheap!!!!

paulxxwall says:

Reaction from Google is how awesome and strong android is.....that even ms #1 OEM went with them ! On CBS this morning they were all smiles

as147 says:

What did you expect on public TV? Tears and gnashing of teeth?

Ask yourself this, what do they get out of it? Their OS which they don't charge for used to point at Microsoft services which MS get revenue from.

Who is better off on the deal?

Do you think any of the general purchasing public cares about what OS it is running?

It is about price point and Android is cheaper than Windows Phone in terms of licensing. This is using Google's open source component of Android to lock out Google.

Cellus13 says:

But the 520 was originally $150. It took months for it to become the crazy low prices we see today. The cheap prices of the X family is initial and may go down further than what we see now.

MilkyTee says:

Its got access to Android apps, has a large screen and front facing shooter, which are all very desirable specs for any phone, especially for that price in emerging markets. These phones just replace or supplement the Asha line.

zacman says:

Original retail price of the Lumia 520 was about 170€.

kinpin2131 says:

Windows Phones come with licensing costs 

Micah Dawson says:

Nokia isn't paying license cost for much longer so that doesn't even make sense.

kinpin2131 says:

But they're still paying so it makes sense. 

Dazzi says:

Exactly kinpin, soon to be Microsoft -- maybe Micah should read his comment, so he can 'make sense'? Ha ha ha....

Dawood Ahmed says:

Myabe it is some strategic move like iphone had with release of iphone 5c.

swizzlerz says:

simple..   lumias are smart phones.  Asha are feature phones.  not everyone in emerging markets can afford a smart phone plan.  im sure they need food more then phones.

Micah Dawson says:

It's cheap but still makes no sense...Why on earth do they suddenly think people will go to windows phone simply by buying into this phone? It LOOKS like windows phone but it will still perform as such and given the fact that people will have brought these apps...if those apps are not yet available on windows phone but can be gotten on these crap devices, why would someone move to a windows phone?

The only way i can see this working is if Nokia/Microsoft pulls a Trojan horse and essentially replaces the OS with windows phone at a later date.....or something like that. It's cheap but so is the 520.

FeedTheShark says:

It's still cheaper than the 520, and given this is a 5" phone it's more comparable to the 625.The X is just 89 Euro, so a good bit cheaper. This will get people hooked on MS/Nokia and when they have a little more money to upgrade they can get a Lumia. To me this shows nicely that WP is better than Android. The only advantage Android has is apps and by the time these people can move up from this phone (in a year or two) I really don't see their being any app gap and these and millions of other people will be upgrading to WP9.

And as you say there's a trojan horse possibility as well, WP8.1 runs better on lower hardware specs so I can well see a way down the line to flash these phones to WP for a minimal cost.

Dazzi says:

Micah you're still not making sense. 'Maybe' when those Nokia X users do come around to 'upgrading'. Those hypothetical apps you mention, could be present on WP8? If they like the way Nokia X works, then see the beautifully designed apps on WP8, 'may' persuade them to choose WP8? Just an idea mate.

aemehran says:

Supper POed over this. It's just stupid.

Nokia should make lore android phones
And specially
Ohh my god

Dazzi says:

Why is it a bad idea mate?

Nick Garza says:

Did Nokia just take a dump on the most successful windows phone (520)? Lol, this must make Microsoft happy, right?

Kaushik Dash says:

Exactly my thought. The 520 is the best selling WP. They have just introduced a better device at almost the same price point if not exact.


Expect a drop in 520 sales and market share.

fbendotti says:

If you think there is any profit in selling a 59.00 US Lumia 520/521 think again. Profit will be made on services. same will happen with Nokia x

Kaushik Dash says:

Oh sorry I never knew the world was USA. 520 still costs about $120 here in India. XL costs more than 520 and less than 620. It has larger screen, front facing camera, led flash and more ram too. Why would anyone buy a 620 when you get better with less?

efektos says:

Did you REALLY think it'd sell forever? The 525 or 530 will replace the aging 520 - and they have better specs than the X's...

Nick Garza says:

Its funny though, the x was just announced, will be cheaper, and already has more apps than any WP does. Not to mention apps not even in the windows phone store ( plants vs zombies 2 as an example ). My nexus is calling me, /sigh.

route2Dev says:

How does it already have more apps than WP does? Potentially yes, but in practicality no. Just look at how long it took Candy Crush to get on the Kindle Store. It was the same thing with BB being able to run Android apps, < 10k available at launch. Developers will still need to publish (if not tweak) their apps to run on the Nokia Store.

efektos says:

It's not funny as it's not true... :S

Kaushik Dash says:

No it wont sell forever but its not going to end anytime soon.

ebin5 says:

Nokia get that plants vs zombies 2 into wp.

Aashish13 says:

+720 then this is MS fault that they arent getting it. Even developers

coip says:

Indeed, when I saw that Plants vs. Zombies 2 running on that Android Nokia device I almost puked. Ooi, Microsoft: get these games on Windows Phone 8 with Xbox integration! #SaveXboxWP. Ridiculous.

Maybe its coming? Remember, these phones aren't available yet either.

k0de says:

It is only the beginning. Android developers are going to love this Phone. Open season all Google restrictions removed. Good Luck WP.

I'm sure they'll love those specs too. LOL

k0de says:

In due time that will change to better specs. Will see a couple of years down the road. This phone might even grow faster. I have a bad feeling that Android developers will support this platform. Including Google.

Bloobed says:

Just a couple of years ago even high end didn't have that kind of specs, and a lot could be done in those days already.

felickz says:

Yeh now pvz needs to appease msft in multiple ways ... Hopefully don't just give up after Asha port

somanialok says:

Surprise!! Surprise....

dalydose says:

The best news is that these are unexciting "feeder" phones, meant as a gateway to Lumia.

ali80 says:

True. Marketing WP on android OS to get more users. I think it's smart step from Nokia

Corvodin says:

Yes, but the amount of shit that this is going to cause in the media is not worth it.

89caps says:

Let's see what happens when these users upgrade and are looking for particular apps

wizzackr says:

Yeah, like having been frustrated with an ugly UI and sluggish performance (see the verge hands on) makes you yearn for a lumia... Dumbest move ever, thanks Nokia.

frafrabell says:

Doesn't seem that bad in all honesty.

Good on you Nokia for thinking about consumers in emerging markets. Spreading your handset base across a wider range of customers is great.

Good but LOW SPECS even the XL low specs

erzhik says:

109 euros is a steal.

SACRIFICE_84 says:

XL is a BIG step .Now every1 wants big screen phone ,XL here is here with cheap price..

Btw where is accessory treasure..

Dexterrino says:

treasure tag announced last time.

felickz says:

Leak 6 months before available. Announce 2 months before available. Get lucky that it is available in your region.

pooleyjnr says:

This is crap, do Nokia (& MS) honestly know what the f**k they have done. Do they not see their growing numbers of sales of low end WP phones around the world, especially India and now they bring in this droid rival. Honestly what the f**k!

Pete Almanza says:

Yes and these cheap phones will serve as a gateway to their Lumia line.

What's your point? 

rockstarzzz says:

Lumia doesn't need a gateway. That's the point. 520 is doing far better than 920 ever did. Low end WP sells. Make a cheaper 420 or 320 and see that rise to power. Not an ugly XL.

Kaushik Dash says:

What he's trying to say that the Lumia 520 was the best selling phone. The XL at almost the same price point provides better features most likely will run more apps (as android apps can be side loaded and unlike WP, Android doesn't give the user only 140 MB of RAM for 512 MB devices). So we can expect a drop in 520 sales drop and lowered marketshare


blackhawk556 says:

You and everybody know damn well that people who buy these phones will not be jumping to Lumia after they are done with their X phone. It's a forked version of Android so it is way more natural for them to move to Android.  Install a new Launcher and bam!, Live tiles interface is gone. 

89caps says:

It's clever, but Nokia and Microsoft still need to sway developers. Once users upgrade from the X line, they might not find any of those same Android apps in the Windows Store.

Nick Garza says:

I guess they might, but any apps other than the Nokia/here apps ( and there are great alternatives ) are available in the play store. Really, could go either way. Hell, they would be missing apps in the windows phone store that they will have access to with the X devices.

ronty says:

No, they definitely won't.

pooleyjnr says:

Pete, my point has been made by my awesome fellow WP users.

efektos says:

You - as a CEO of a large multi-national corporation which rolls billions of dollars in revenues - should tell Nokia and MS what to do, as your successful corporation obviously works better! Go get'm boy!

kinpin2131 says:

Hahah you've got to love at these comment ! I know that most people here love WIndows Phone, but the reality is , not every one does and for those people giving them another operating system great . 

untitled007 says:

I think the phone will not be available for a longer time in the market, i mean, that phone was already in the making while Microsoft and Nokia is processing their deal, just in case it didnt make it. now that MS deal and Nokia is almost over, they will just going to sell this phone untill the stocks run out. just like their asha series last year. dam im going to buy one of their asha before it phases out, the last nokia phone with nokia os :(

Not everybody loves Windows OS for starters and secondly, Nokia is NOT owned by Microsoft yet. I mean I know its early in the morning but c'mon people use your heads here.

DJCBS says:

Neither yet nor never. Microsoft is only buying the D&S employees, not Nokia itself.

DJCBS says:

Next time either poke them out or use them to better inform other people instead. That is, IF you can manage to be useful for once in your life. Which I know it's hard for you.

blackhawk556 says:

So once that part of Nokia is gone, how will Nokia make phones if they just sold the entire division?

rmichael75 says:

lik ehow Apple does.. You have FoxConn

route2Dev says:

Nokia can't either of its own or through some 3rd party manufacture or sell phones for some period of time as part of the purchase agreement.

DJCBS says:

Until 2016 they won't. After that they can either form a new D&amp;S division...or simply buy Jolla which they already funded anyway. The phones aren't manufactured by Nokia in any case, they're built by Foxconn.

mrvhin1216 says:

At least, I now have an option if I want to get a cheap android phone - Nokia. Well, that's a big IF.

DJCBS says:

What I want to see is the specs of the phones to evaluate the possibility of removing this mockery of an Android OS and replacing it with a proper Android ROM. This isn't a phone I intend to use as a daily driver anyway so, meh.

That said, the entire press conference was disgusting. It sounded more like a Microsoft press conference than a Nokia one. On the other hand, that worm Eflop finally stopped hiding to whom he works. And that was utterly clear in the presentation. I just hope Nadella eventually kicks his pompous fat arse out of Microsoft once the deal is done.

blackhawk556 says:

I seriously can't believe how butt hurt you are about Nokia selling the phone division to Microsoft.  Every day you're on here talking $#it about Elop because he sold the division to Microsoft.  Sad puppy.

DJCBS says:

So I should praise Eflop because he ruined a company I liked? Sorry but, unlike you, I have brains. I only praise what I deem worthy of praise and I criticize what is worthy or criticism.
I'll be waiting for your butt hurt sh#t once Microsoft starts pouring Android stuff into WP.

blackhawk556 says:

Dude, it's a motherfu**ing cell phone company.  You act like they sold your family member.  I can't believe there's people like you out there that get this mad about things like this.  Nokia has no idea who the hell you are and never will care about like you care about them.  Stop it already.

Kaushik Dash says:

Wow I hope Microsoft stops developing these phones with similar or better specs at the same price point once the deal is complete.


This might give a huge blow to low end WP which sells the most.

I doubt it. WP 8.1 will bring even lower device standards, allowing for phones even cheaper than the 520.

Kaushik Dash says:

Your point is exactly why the X should never happen. WP 8.1 is supposed to lower the hardware requirements, meaning more wp devices can be pushed into even lower than 520 hardware. Why this forked cheap android then?

route2Dev says:

(Android Phones) at similar specs / price points to WP. Competing with oneself is never a good strategy. Not to mention it is a waste of resources. The buyer, Microsoft, will want to cut expenses upon completing the acquisition. Which division, job skills would be first to go?

Kaushik Dash says:

X, X plus and XL I hope.

KM2612 says:

It seems like nokia is in some way dissing MSFT heh

paulheu says:

WPcentral just officially became NokiaCentral. This has zip/nada/nothing to do with WP so why is this here? Will Android central now also start covering the new Nokia WP announcements? I think not..


These product explain why MSFT went out and bought the S&D devision from Nokia and I see them killing these products withing the same quarter the aquisition completes.

89caps says:

Nokia's strategy was clearly explained in that these devices will reach a large market with the X-line and introduce those users to MSFT services and WP design, not Google's.

TheKrii says:

I'm heading to Nokia flagship store Helsinki to see if they got these new beauties :D

Are any of these phones dual sim? Just curious.

rain620 says:

"We're not done yet, here you go, a 5-inch Android"


Wael Hasno says:

Nokia high as f*ck, making crApdroid phones and s*it. Buy them already, Microsoft..

blackhawk556 says:

Here's something I don't understand. Nokia can make a 5inch screen phone for $149 dollars but it can't lower the price of the 520 to reach below $100 bucks? Yes there's promos of the 520 selling below that but why can't Nokia make a cheaper phone if they can make a huge (5") phone that costs $149?

What is the cost of the 520/1 in Europe?


This doesn't sound like they are trying to reach a lower price point. This is Nokia finally admitting that they seriously blew it by not selling both Android and Windows Phone from the beginning.  There was seriously nothing wrong with them doing both at the same time instead of just focusing on WP.



PepsimanLeh says:

Nokia XL with Live Tiles and.. wait, Live Tiles?! Relax, kts android, we can change the skin!

Ratman826 says:

I don't see why Nokia is doing this... My biggest problem with this is why is Asha still in the line? The what's the point of Nokia X? I mean is cheap, but I thought this was to replace Asha. Personally, I would rather buy an 520...

kjnoel says:

Disappointed with Nokia.

sip1995 says:

Me too....i was hoping to see a new Lumia.

sHAYM4N says:

As childish as it sounds Im wondering if this is a cheap shot from Elop for not getting the CEO job. Days are numbered at Nokia for him now so if they had this as a backup plan and little in the way of new devices to show at mwc. Why not?

Nokia 5" screen for €109✔ Runs forked Android with Microsoft services✔ Lumia-like experience✔ Microsoft onboard✔ Google ass-out on its own platform✔ Microsoft will own Nokia✔ Microsoft rakes in buttloads of profit✔...if you ask me...Microsoft/Nokia...just S&@T all over Google with their own product because Google made Android open source(though they are trying to close it)...just winning! This just means essentially, Microsoft released a phone that even Google couldn't compete with...with an already unlocked bootloader? I'm a Windows Phone fan (HD7, HTC Titan, Lumia 920, Lumia 1520...wife HTC Radar, Lumia 925)...but for those that don't see this as a win for the ecosystem...I have two words...Check and Mate!

procen says:

Once I saw the design of Nokia X I know that's windows phone, and I'm with you Microsoft and Nokia just SHIT and Pissed all over Google's face with their mouth and eyes open.

Can you people hear google cry???

procen says:

No but we can hear you cry.

Does that even makes any scene

procen says:

No but you make a scene.

Nokia has really kicked androids as$

DJCBS says:

"microsoft will own Nokia" -> wrong.

Nope...the part of Nokia that builds this cry too much about semantics...everyone here knows exactly what I mean, except you! Stop being a crybaby!

KBEscalona says:

We wait for BUILD for the WP phones.

mr toes says:

Ugh, kill it with fire!

But come on only 786MB ram

sdc1 says:

This is unbelievably and unbearably stupid. It's in direct competition with the entry level WP handsets. Is Nokia/MSFT giving up on WP? It looks to me like they are hedging their bets. Why should we bother? Time to give this up and buy a Nexus 5?

sdc1 says:

They can't even give us all the apps we want and they pull this ****.

route2Dev says:

This is not Microsoft. It is Nokia's blackmail to get Microsoft to buy the Phone division. Once that deal closes these phones go the way of the N9 (if they ever see the light of day).

Simon Tupper says:

Stop complaining. Nokia sells more than 90% on every WP devices sold. So obviously Nokia is pretty much WP at the moment.

taymur says:

Btw, the wording is very important, they are saying it can run android apps, they are not saying it runs android, or forked android. Interesting I say.

PozAU says:

I think this is more of a FU to google and Samsung. Hey google you don't want to make apps for our OS fine we'l just take your OS and make it our own, hey Samsung you don't want to spend money on developing a decent number of WP fine we'l just take your main market away from you. How do you like them apples :)

rohanagarwal says:

I am afraid that these phones look eerily similar to the current lumia lineup. The red xl reminded me of the lumia 920 in red. I hope that nokia doesn't do what Samsung has been doing. Its a big turn off for me. If i am buying a premium flagship, i surely don't want it to look like a €100 device. Just saying..

brorim says:

First of all, Nokia is not sold to microsoft, it's their mobile devision, and the sale only allows for the use of the lumia and asha brands for 10 years, NOT nokia. And the sale still isnt certain..

brorim says:

There is absolutely nothing that prevents nokia from making whatever phone they like and call it whatever they want, except for lumia and asha. If the sale completes, that is.

This phone goes to Microsoft after the deal is is being built in factories that will belong to Microsoft...they have a license to use the name Nokia on Asha and feature phones for 10 years...And only Lumia for SmartPhone designation...with its low specs and forked experience...who's to say that Microsoft wouldn't designate this phone a feature phone and keep the name Nokia...Nokia as a corporation will have to start fresh if they want to sell phones...because all of the Research and development will belong to Microsoft, all the factories will belong to Microsoft, all of the people will work for Microsoft... including those for this phone...Microsoft is not going to kill it because they are hedging their bets...this is a power play, that's all this Chris Matthews says, "It's time to play Hardball!"

marantaz says:

I mean to gloat here. I may not be the only one, but I did call it. These phones are designed to get smartphones into the hands of the emerging markets, get people using MS products and services and then get them to move to WP once they are familiar with the apps and tech, as these phones are similar to WP in appearance. Its a bizarre and gutsy strategy, and I admit I thought I was crazy for thinking it, but that's the plan.
Just hope it works...

S_C_B says:

Someone get KitKat running on this thing quick!

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irsyadhhs says:

Absulotely will buy this!!!!

Grunt Attack says:

Welcome to Halo 4 Quake on Nokia Android

nt6660 says:

I see this as a good move for both Nokia and Microsoft. MS new CEO comes from MS cloud business, he would love this if more people use MS cloud service instead of Google.

Smg-Uk says:

They bring out a Android phone with a 5" display but not a Lumia phone with the same size screen that is available internationally ha idiots

Duduosf says:

2MP front-facing camera
Lumias: 1.2MP

ljp882 says:

Nokia X will be another Kin phone for MS. Or if Nokia X sell well, it will directly attack WP or Lumia not Androdi phone.

Marco Gomes1 says:

So, for a hundred dollars one can have a 5" ips display on a Nokia + all the Nokia/Here apps. + all the Microsoft apps + most of the android apps (and pretty soon Google apps probably). Yes, I can already see huge lines of people forming to buy the coming new low end windows phone...NOT!

mayur89 says:

Nokia going Android, ewww..... Nokia is gonna face symbian like Era again :D

cybermoose89 says:

Still need p vs z on wp8

lubbalots says:

PvsZ2! I assume that's from the Android store.

neonspark says:

let's face it, if people wanted to use onedrive, and bing maps, they would be by now.

A7500 says:

not that it would matter, but i hate this. i wonder what is next.....may be Nokia phones running Tizen with tonnes of Microsoft in the background with names like Nokia 34B, Nokia 36D and Nokia 42DD?!!!!!!

5 mp ang 2mp front, at 585qr must try to have one. only front camera i like for the cheapest price like this.. must try first before i made a conclusion.