Nokia XL vs Samsung Galaxy Core – Top Specs and Prices Comparison

These two Dual Sim smartphones were released in 2014, respectively in 2013 and you wouldn’t believe us if we’d tell you that the “older” model is slightly more powerful than the “younger” smartphone. Their prices are affordable, so in case you’re interested in buying one of these devices, first take a look at their specs and features.

Displays, designs and sizes

The Samsung handset is smaller than its Nokia rival, having a display (TFT) with the size of 4.3inches and a resolution of 480x800pixels – the same screen resolution supported by Nokia XL’s 5inches IPS LCD display. But the Galaxy Core beats the Nokia handset in terms of pixel density, supporting up to 217ppi which is significantly higher compared to 187ppi offered by Nokia XL’s screen.

As for the dimensions, we already mentioned that the Nokia XL is bigger, measuring 141.4×77.7×10.9mm, while the sizes of the Galaxy Core are 129.3×67.6x9mm. The first device weights 190grams and the other is 66grams lighter.

The Nokia XL looks like the original X model, having the same plastic exterior, but it’s heftier and because it has no rough edges, it really looks pretty. The Galaxy Core has a plastic rear like most of the Samsung models and it’s easy to grip, plus the display is “smudge-prone”, according to Phone Arena.

Hardware and OS

Both the Nokia XL and the Galaxy Core are powered by a dual-core GHz Cortex-A5 processor, based on a Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset and coupled with an Adreno 203GPU, but the Samsung handset is more powerful because its processor is clocked at 1,2GHz, while the Nokia model has its processor clocked at 1GHz.

The Nokia smartphone has a smaller internal memory – 4GB, which is expandable up to 32GB, while the Samsung model hosts 8GB of internal storage and it allows you to expand it up to 64GB.

Both of the phones run on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, but the Galaxy Core has 1GB of RAM, whereas the Nokia XL is running on the Nokia X software platform 1.0 and has only 768MB of RAM.

Cameras and Batteries

The difference between the Galaxy Core and the Nokia XL is related to their front cameras. While both of them feature a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, the secondary camera on the Samsung model is VGA, which is a lot weaker than Nokia’s 2MP front camera.

Both of the smartphones have removable batteries. However, the Galaxy Core has a Li-Ion 1800mAh battery which allows up to 9hours of talk time (on 3G), while the Nokia XL’s 2000mAh battery allows you to talk 13hours on 3G.

Other specs

Both of the smartphones support Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 and USB charging.

The phones support dual Sim mode. Plus, the Samsung model supports “regular-sims”, while the Nokia XL supports Micro-Sim cards.

The XL is available in red, orange, yellow, green, white and black colors, while the Galaxy Core comes only in chic white and metallic blue shades.


The Nokia XL costs around 160 dollars, while the Galaxy Core is priced at 179 dollars on


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