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Nokia X, X+ and XL Android phones specifications and prices revealed

Nokia has now announced the arrival of a new range of smartphones that use the Android operating system. They’re bravely targeting the “next billion” mobile phone users according to their marketing department. That will be a challenge given the hold iPhone has over the market, but the new Nokia X, X+ and XL phones will at least push the firm closer to their goal.

Android

All three handsets have an operating system based on the Android Open Source Project which means they don’t have access to Google services like Play store and Google Maps. Instead owners of the Nokia X, X+ and XL will have access to an app store operated by Nokia. Nokia have warned that porting software to their new OS will take a few hours, but that shouldn’t deter users from picking up one of the new devices.

Nokia X

The Nokia X is the most basic of the three devices and the one that will be made available in select “emerging” markets immediately. Those markets will get the X+ and XL during the second quarter of 2014. Unfortunately the Finnish tech firm hasn’t announced a release date for the UK or US markets but they’ve revealed some of the phone’s specs to whet the appetite. Although the Nokia X is the most basic, it has a four-inch screen, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

Nokia X+

There isn't much difference between the X and X+ other than an additional 256MB of RAM and 8GB more internal memory.

Nokia XL

This device comes with a five-inch display and 768MB of RAM. It weighs a little more than the other two but you get an improved digital camera set up as the XL has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing one.

The verdict

Nokia haven't gone for broke with these new devices, but the Nokia X, X+ and XL are good looking, functional and modern phones that will help the Finnish firm claw back some of the market they've been steadily losing since the heady days when everyone had to have a Nokia 8210.

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