The Nokia X's right side features a power button and the volume rocker. Both controls are solid to press and comfortably placed within your thumb's reach. You can unlock the X with the power key, but you can also do so with a double tap on the screen.
There is nothing on the left side of the X.
The top pf the Nokia X accommodates the 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom has the microUSB port you'll use for charging and computer connections.
Popping out the battery cover isn't as easy as on the Asha series. You have to almost bend the phone at one of the corners, so careful not to drop the X while doing it.
Once the battery cover is removed, you'll get access to the 1,500mAh Li-Ion battery. The two microSIM compartments are next to the microSD slot, but none of those is hot-swappable. The battery needs to be out of its compartment for the SIM/SD cards to be accessible.
The display on the Nokia X is a 4" IPS LCD unit of WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) resolution, which boils down to around 233ppi. That's pretty much enough for comfortable web browsing, media viewing and even reading documents.
The pixel arrangement is standard RGB - it's an LCD screen so you wouldn't expect anything less.
Colors are nice and punchy although the screen is hardly the brightest around bright. The response is good too, not top notch, but good enough for a budget smartphone.
And here go the scores from our dedicated tests - contrast levels are mediocre, which was to be expected in this price range and the brightness isn't particularly high.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Nokia Asha 501||-||-||-||0.37||354||947|
|Nokia Asha 503||0.28||178||647||0.56||358||635|
|Nokia Lumia 520||-||-||-||0.51||422||834|
|Sony Xperia E||0.19||157||813||0.50||433||875|
|Sony Xperia E dual||0.21||181||844||0.54||473||870|
|Sony Xperia tipo||-||-||-||0.75||561||751|
|Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus||0.27||239||873||0.6||528||888|
|Apple iPhone 5||0.13||200||1490||0.48||640||1320|
|Motorola Moto G||0.35||315||906||0.57||550||967|
|Sony Xperia C||0.18||151||842||0.66||639||962|
The screen is also highly reflective, which combined with the uninspiring brightness makes the Nokia X display particularly hard to read in bright sunlight.
The Nokia X boasts a 1,500mAh battery unit, which Nokia says it'll last half a day on calls or 17 days on standby with two SIMs.
Our tests revealed the battery is indeed enough for half a day on 3G calls, which is good considering the small capacity. Its performance on video playback and web browsing is rather mediocre though. The dual-SIM stand-by is OK, but nothing impressive and we are not sure if the Nokia X will make it to the 17 days promise. All of our tests brought the Nokia X overall rating of 38 hours. That's how long the phone will go between charges with an hour of calling, browsing and watching video daily each 24 hours.
For a more detailed breakdown of the Nokia X battery performance check out our blogpost.
Our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating.
Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.