Nokia XL review: Hands-on

The Nokia XL is one of the maker's brand new range of Android smartphones

What is a hands on review?
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The Nokia XL is one of three products that make up the manufaturer's new X range of Android-powered smartphones. While the affordable Nokia X sports a 4-inch screen and the Nokia X+ is essentially the same with better memory and storage options, the XL is a larger handset with a 5-inch display.

All three phones in the new X family run Nokia's new heavily skinned version of Android, which looks confusingly like the tile-based Windows Phone 8 interface on handsets like the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520. Article continues after the video.

Nokia XL: Size and build

Sporting a similar design to Nokia's range of Lumia Windows phones, the XL is available in the usual range of bright colours. Measuring 141.3 x 77.7 x 10.8mm, this big-screened phone probably isn't a one-handed affair for most people.

Nokia XL: Features

The XL sports a 5MP camera with autofocus and flash, and unlike the Nokia X and X+, it also includes a front-facing camera (2MP). Like the other phones in the range, you'll be guided towards Microsoft's cloud, rather than Google's and you won't have access to the Google Play - it's Nokia's own store or nothing.

Nokia XL: Screen

The large 5-inch LCD screen is decent enough but the 800 x 480-pixel doesn't really make the most of it and colours end up looking a little flat. Obviously we've only had a quick play under the bright lights of Nokia's MWC stand but we'll look at this more closely as soon as we can get our hands on a review sample.

Nokia XL: Performance

Like the Nokia X and X+, the XL runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 dual core chipset, with maximum clock speed of 1Ghz. There's 768MB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage - which is expandable via the micro SD card slot. We found that the interface had a slight lag although we're guessing that this isn't the very final software that we'll see on the retail version.

Nokia XL: Verdict

Like the Nokia X, the Nokia XL looks confusingly like a Windows phone rather than an Android phone thanks to Nokia's new tile-based menu screens. Whether that's a concept that will be successful is impossible to say at this stage but we look forward to trying it out properly as soon as a review sample arrives at T3 Towers.

Nokia XL release date: Q2 2014

Nokia XL price: 109 Euros

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.