Editor's Note: This story has been updated.
When Nokia launched its first ever Android powered 'Nokia X' series at this year's MWC, many argued that it was Nokia's strategy to win over its many loyal fans. Whatever the case may be, Nokia's X series is probably the last chance to run Android on Nokia. The series itself looks interesting- combining the strength of Nokia's fantastic hardware coupled with Microsoft's services and Google's Android OS.
Nokia X, the first Android-powered phone, was already made available in India long time back. In fact, Nokia has already reduced the retail price of Nokia X by Rs. 900 to retain consumer interest in the device. Nokia X is now available at a price point of Rs. 7,000.
To further push the Nokia X series, the company will introduce the Nokia XL into India on May 1. The company today sent an invite to GizBot in wake of the Nokia XL showcasing in India. In keeping up to the competition, Nokia is eager to launch the top end Nokia XL in India at the earliest.
Nokia XL To Be Priced Between Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 13,000?
In the meantime, an anonymous source close to GizBot informed that the Nokia will start delivering the Nokia XL to retailers in the first week of May.
That means you can purchase the handset in the first week of May. Furthermore, a high level source has now confirmed to us that the Nokia XL could be priced anywhere between Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 13,000. But, if this leak is to be believed, the closeness of the event means that retail price is close to final. However, at the same time, we'd like to clarify readers to take this rumor with a pinch of salt, as Nokia hasn't launched the phone yet in India.
Nokia XL Listed on Flipkart
Meanwhile, GizBot has spotted the Nokia XL being listed on Flipkart. Currently, the green colored Nokia XL has been found listed as 'Coming Soon'. Neither the retail price nor the availability of the phone has been mentioned on the retailer's site. Watch this space for more action!
Nokia XL- Highlighted Specs and Features
The Nokia XL, as the name suggests, offers a 5-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 800 X 480 pixels.
It is powered by a dual-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC, backed by 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot.
On the camera front, the Nokia XL features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and a single LED Flash. There's a front-facing camera too.
Other highlighted connectivity features include: Dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 2,000mAh battery fitted inside.
The handset measures 10.9mm in terms of thickness and weighs 190g.
The Nokia XL runs Android OS, but the makers have added their own services on top of it. Additionally, users won't be able to access Google Play store, instead they have to rely on Nokia store. Nokia says 75% of Android apps will be usable on Nokia XL.
The International price of Nokia XL is somewhere around 109 Euro (about Rs. 9131).
Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
UPDATE: GizBot has just got confirmation from Nokia India that the release date of the Nokia XL is expected soon. In the meantime, Nokia is showcasing the Nokia XL to select members of the press on May 1. More on this is yet to develop.