A huge fight is set to start in the upcoming days in the mid-range market with a number of devices from a host of manufacturers arriving in a similar price that's affordable for almost anyone.
And while the market is filled with smartphones that are actually aiming to give out more for a much lesser price, it seems like two of the most potent players in this context could turn out to be Nokia and Motorola, with their respective XL and Moto G offerings.
Nokia, with its (sort of) Android-powered XL, was first made a reality when it was shown off at the recently concluded MWC 2014. The company took that opportunity to show off not one, but three new smartphones - while the Nokia X and X+ are set to be four-inch budget smartphones, the Nokia XL will be the 5-inch phone that's set to be the flagship X series phone.
All that being said, does it stand a chance against the Moto G, which offers the most features for a lesser price? Let's have a look at both the devices, specification-wise.
The Motorola Moto G is expected to have a greater presence in the market with not only its cheap price tag, but also by the Android KitKat offering that comes with the device. The Nokia XL, in this respect, also offers Android but it's Android Jelly Bean v4.1.2. Although the Android offering in the Nokia device is mash up of Android and Windows Phone.
Display and Dimensions
The Motorola Moto G sports a 4.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, while rendering 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. The device's overall dimensions measure up to 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm and weighs 143 grams.
The Nokia XL, comparatively, comes with a slightly more 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen which also renders a lesser 480 x 800 pixels resolution, with dimensions measuring up to 141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm. It also weighs quite a bit with a weight of 190 grams.
The Nokia XL, in terms of camera, makes its presence felt by sporting an 5-megapixel primary camera with autofocus and LED flash, with a secondary 2-megapixel camera at the front. The device's camera sports a pixel resolution of 2592х1944 pixels.
The Moto G, on the other hand, sports a similar 5-megapixel primary camera, with a similar pixel resolution of 2592х1944 pixels, with autofocus and LED flash. The device also has a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera on board that's more than enough for conducting video chats.
As far as the power that's generated in-device, both the devices, more or less, offer similarly decent hardware specifications that are more than capable of flawlessly powering the devices.
While the Motorola Moto G is equipped with a 1.2 GHz quad core cortex-A7 processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, its Nokia counterpart powers up the XL via a 1 GHz dual core A5 processor, assisted via an Adreno 203 GPU.
Storage and RAM
The Motorola-made Moto G offers 1GB of RAM while offering the device in 8 GB and 16 GB internal memory variants. However, there's no option to expand the device's memory as an external microSD slot for additional memory is missing.
The Nokia XL, in this respect, also offers a much lesser 768 MB of RAM although arriving only in a 4 GB internal memory variant. However, unlike the Moto G, there's the option to expand the device's memory up to 32 GB as an external microSD slot for additional memory has been provided.
While the Nokia XL is currently listed, it has tag of "Coming Soon" to it for the time being. The Motorola Moto G, on the other hand, has been made available for Rs. 12,499 and Rs. 13,999 for its 8GB and 16GB variants, respectively.
If the specifications are to be considered, and considered by all the people looking to invest money on a new mid-range smartphone, it seems like the Moto G will easily have the upper hand with its cheap price and Android KitKat offering.
However, people will be intrigued by the "Nokia's first ever Android device" tag that came along with the new X series of smartphones and may eventually look to own one just for the sake of experience. Nonetheless, depending on what we think, the Moto G will actually become the bigger player in this race.