Nokia is officially an Android manufacturer, though not in the way Android fans were hoping. Their new “X line” of devices use a heavily customized forked version of Android to get Nokia and Microsoft services into emerging markets. Today they announced the Nokia X, X+, and XL. All three of these devices are largely the same as the Nokia X, but with some small differences.
Nokia is not new to the low-end smartphone market. The Lumia 520 has been dominating Windows Phone ever since release. It has an experience that is unrivaled by other low-end devices. The 520 has been praised almost unanimously for out classing low-end Android devices in every way. This is what makes Nokia’s use of Android so interesting.
Now that the X devices are out we have to compare them to their Windows Phone counterpart: the Lumia 520. As you can see in the chart above they are all very similar. The 520 and the Nokia X are essentially the exact same device, save for storage and physical size difference. The X+ has slightly more RAM, and the XL has a bigger screen and front camera. The next question will be how does performance compare. We look forward to testing that out.