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Microsoft launches Nokia XL and X+ in India

According to a Times of India report, Microsoft has launched, two new large screen smartphone variants from its X family series – the Nokia XL and Nokia X+ phones, in India. The XL shall retail at INR 11,489 and the XL+ at INR 8399. The previous version of the the series – The Nokia X debuted in March 2014, with a price of INR 8,599.

Microsoft Devices, previously Nokia, had launched the X series at the Mobile World Congress 2014 at Barcelona in February, and had promised to launch the XL and X+ variants within 60 days. It already offers the Asha series of affordable phones and Lumia in its premium category.

Nokia X+

The Nokia X+, which has more or less the same features as the Nokia X, also  runs on Android Open Source Project (AOSP), but smacks of 768 MB of RAM, instead of 512 MB on the Nokia X. The Dual SIM phone has a 4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels with a pixel density of 233 ppi. It is powered by 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.

Nokia XL

The Nokia XL, already available in india,  has a 5-inch (800 x 480 pixels) IPS capacitive touch screen; a 2,000mAh battery;  4GB eMMC (onboard memory); supports up to 32GB MicroSD card; powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 play (MSM8225) processor; 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera and runs on Nokia X software platform based on AOSP Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Common features

Both the dual SIM phones support Fastlane, that allows the users to select the posts that appear in their Fastlane feed, read notifications and update their statuses within the feature.The complete gamut of popular apps like Facebook, LINE, Picsart, Plants vs Zombies 2, Real Football 2014, Skype, Spotify, Swift key, Twitter, Viber, Vine and WeChat will be available on the phones.

For the first time Nokia has added the special feature of BBM for the users, all over the world. Also, for downloading apps via the Nokia store and the 1mobile store, the company has tied up with Airtel and is giving away 500MB of free data usage as an added benefit.

The smartphones however do not offer Google apps, services and the Google Play Store.

Recently, Motorola E has also been launched at INR 6990, with almost similar features.

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