Nokia XL (Dual-Sim) vs. Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (Dual-Sim) – Specifications, Features and Price Comparison

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Budget-friendly handsets from Nokia are a huge hit across the globe. The handset in focus, the Nokia XL has recently been released in May 2014, while the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo was released in February. Readers who are interested in purchasing the Nokia XL or the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo should check out this specification and price comparison.

Interestingly, there is a bunch of Nokia X series of handsets available in the market. The difference between the Nokia X+ and the Nokia X/XL handsets is that, the Nokia X has better specifications when compared to the Nokia X+, while the latest Nokia XL is bigger and better than the other two phones. These handsets pack terrific features, impressive under the hood performances and affordable price tags.

Display, Exterior and Size

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo features a 5.1-inch TFT display bundled with 480 x 800 pixels screen resolution. The Nokia XL, on the other hand, comes with a 5.0-inch IPS LCD display along with the same resolution as the Samsung handset. Also, the pixel density of the Galaxy Grand Neo and the Nokia XL stand almost same at 186 ppi and 187 ppi respectively.

The Nokia XL resembles the original Nokia X with the same plastic exterior. However, the handset is quite hefty. With a weight of 190 g, the Nokia XL is heavier than many other budget-friendly phones available in the market. Nevertheless, the silver lining is that the construction quality is top-notch. Furthermore, the finish of the handset can be compared to high-end phones and there are no rough edges, providing the look of a pricey phone.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo features curved edges and the exterior is made of plastic with matte finish. The matte effect on the rear provides good grip, hence there is less of fingerprints and scratches, says Phone Arena.

The thickness and the weight of Galaxy Grand Neo are 0.38-inch and 163 g respectively, whereas the Nokia XL is 0.43 inches thick and weighs 190 g. Hence, the Galaxy Grand Neo is thinner and lighter when compared to Nokia XL.

Hardware, Software and Memory

The Nokia XL is powered by dual-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4) ARM Cortex-A5 processor, clocked at 1 GHz. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo, on the other hand, is powered by a quad-core (Broadcom BCM23550) Cortex-A7 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Samsung handset comes with 1 GB of RAM, while the Nokia XL comes with a relatively inferior 768 MB of RAM. Moreover, the Nokia XL runs on Nokia X 1.0 UI on top of Google's Android OS, while the Galaxy Grand Neo runs on Android OS v4.2 (Jelly Bean).

Also, the Nokia XL comes with only 4 GB of internal storage, along with microSD card support for expansion up to 32 GB, whereas the Galaxy Grand Neo comes with 8 GB and 16 GB of memory and expansion capacity up to 64 GB.

Camera and Battery    

Both the phones sport 5 MP rear-facing camera units with LED flash. While the Nokia XL features a 2 MP front-facing camera, the Galaxy Grand Neo comes with a VGA shooter in the front.

The Galaxy Grand Neo houses a Li-Ion 2100 mAh user-replaceable battery unit, whereas the Nokia XL houses a relatively lesser 2000 mAh user-replaceable battery unit.


Galaxy Grand Neo

Nokia XL

Talk Time

11 Hours

16 Hours

Stand-by Time

430 Hours

720 Hours

Connectivity, SIM and Colour

Both the phones support Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot and USB charging. However, the Nokia XL supports Bluetooth v3.0, whereas the Galaxy Grand Neo supports Bluetooth v4.0. When it comes to SIM, both the handsets support optional dual-sim mode. The Nokia handset comes with micro-sim support, whereas the Samsung handset comes with mini-sim support.

Furthermore, the Nokia XL comes in bright and fresh colours like red/orange, green, cyan, yellow, white, and black. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo, meanwhile, comes in white, black, orange, and green. However, not all colours are widely available.


The Nokia XL (Dual-Sim) can be purchased at AU$209.95, while the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (Dual-Sim) can be purchased at AU$299.95 in Australia. 

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