Nokia XL vs Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 India showdown
Occasionally we like to give readers comparisons of popular smartphones, and today we’re looking at a Nokia XL vs. Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 India showdown. The Samsung device is a well-liked handset in India while the Nokia XL is a recent arrival. Both are aimed at the affordable end of the market.
The Galaxy S Duos 2 is a dual-SIM handset and the Nokia XL is also available as a dual-SIM device for India. They have pricing not too far apart and we’ll look at the key specs of each so that you can see what they have to offer against each other.
The Nokia XL has a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 Play dual-core processor and Adreno 203 graphics. The Galaxy S Duos 2 has a 1.2GHz BCM dual-core processor with Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU.
The Nokia XL has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 800 x 480 and 187 ppi. The Galaxy S Duos 2 has a smaller 4-inch TFT display with resolution of 800 x 480 and 233 ppi.
RAM and Storage
There’s 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 32GB for the Nokia XL. That’s exactly the same as for the Galaxy S Duos 2 except that the storage is expandable to 64GB.
The Nokia XL has a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 480p video capture, and also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy S Duos 2 also has a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash but this time there’s 720p video capture. The front-facing camera is of the VGA variety.
The Nokia XL has the larger battery at 2000 mAh capacity while the Galaxy S Duos 2 has a 1500 mAh battery.
Both phones support 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB 2.0, GPRS and EDGE. The Nokia phone has Bluetooth 3.0 while the Samsung one has Bluetooth 4.0.
The Nokia XL runs a special version of Android based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the Nokia X 1.0 UI. The Galaxy S Duos 2 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Dimensions and Weight
The XL measures 141.4mm x 77.7mm x 10.9mm and weighs 190g The Galaxy S Duos 2 measures 121.5mm x 63.1mm x 10.6mm and weighs 118g.
The Nokia XL Dual SIM was launched at Rs. 11,489 and can now be found for around Rs. 10,600 depending on retailer and colour option. The Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 was launched at Rs. 10,999 but can now be found for around Rs. 8,500.
We’re not going into the designs and different features here and these will play a factor in your preference. However, from looking just at the specs we can see each of these handsets has different advantages, although there appears to be more benefits with the Samsung phone.
For example the Nokia XL has a larger display, a higher battery capacity, and a higher-megapixel front-facing camera. On the other hand the Galaxy S Duos 2 display has a higher pixel density and because the screen is smaller it also leads to a smaller form factor and much lighter weight. The S Duos 2 also has a higher level of storage expansion, 720p video capability, a later version of Bluetooth and is the cheaper of the two.
Some of your decision may come down to whether you want the full-blown Android experience of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 or are happy with the Android-based software of the Nokia XL that is stripped of Google services. Which of these two smartphones are you most likely to purchase?