Lava was the first smartphone manufacturer to introduce Intel powered Smartphones. Now, Lava has come forth with yet another piece of smartphone with Intel power. Dubbed Xolo X500, the device offers Dual SIM facility this time. Lava International had introduced their first device in the Xolo series in April 2012. With the launch of the Xolo X900, the world saw the first smartphone with an Intel Medfield processor. Unfortunately, the Rs. 22,000 price tag was some kind f a barrier.
Intel had unveiled the Intel Atom Lexington Z2420 chipset at CES 2013, lighting up a new way for low cost phones. The Xolo X500 is one of the first devices to feature this processor. This time the company has taken enough care to put a lesser price tag around the neck of Xolo X500. The pricing at Rs. 8,999,/- Rupees.
Here comes the detailed review of the main features of Xolo X500:
Design and Exterior:
In terms of its outward beauty, Xolo X500 is not very exciting. But of course, comparing to its ancestor X900, this is far better. There is nothing new or complex in its design. It does not not give us the impression of a well polished one, to be frank.
On the front portion of the device, there is a vibrant 3.5-inch IPS display, with four capacitive buttons at the bottom for Back, Home, Application switcher and Menu. The glass covered screen is exposed to finger prints. The rest of the phone is finished in a matte black coating. That definitely gives you a good grip on the phone. The volume rocker is on the left side and power/ lock key is on the right side. The USB/ charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack sit on the top of the phone. On the rear side of the phone, there is a 5-mega pixel camera and speaker outlet. There's Intel and Xolo branding on the back.
The Xolo X500 comes with a 3.5-inch screen with a resolution of 480×320 pixels. Which is really low, comparing to the other smartphones of this range. However, it will be enough for an average user, for casual use, watching Youtube videos and for playing casual games. Though there are this much negatives, the screen has a pretty good viewing angles, owing much to the IPS panel. But the screen does not look impressive under direct sun light.
CPU and Performance:
The handset is supported by the processor of Intel. So, the performance is simply amazing. This is the biggest advantage of the handset. The 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, makes the handset unique from the other smartphones of that genre.
The XOLO X500 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,. It is obviously making the device ready for a very smooth performance. The Atom Z2420 processor delivers very snappy performance. That is a plus point, as far as other smartphones of this range are concerned. Toggle switches in the notification bar enables a very quick access and the IPS display makes colours really pop. The light sensors are doing a great job in adjusting the brightness of the screen. As the screen resolution is pretty low, the texts and images look pixelated. Games like Temple Run 2 run very smoothly, of course, not perfect with the scaled down graphics settings.
Xolo X500 features a 5MP rear facing camera. It is a minus point that the handset doe not pack a front facing one. On the con side, there is no flash light either. The 5MP camera works pretty well for the outdoor capturing. But the indoor shooting is not good, due to the lack of a flash light. There are not much camera options. You get only the very basic features. Geo tagging is there, of course. The focusing works well and also there is a burst mode, which can support capturing six images in one second. Focusing is quick and there’s even burst mode that captures six images in one second. But you will be forced to forget about close up shots, as no flash light and poor resolution together will result in a pixelated image.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Xolo X500 is a quad-band GSM and 3G handset, which means you can use this easily around the globe. As he phone supports Dual SIM with Dual standby, you will find it easy to keep your personal world safe from the busy work world. The connectivity options of Xolo X500 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB for charging and data transfer. There are so many pre installed applications like Chrome, Google+ and Quickoffice. At present, the handset does not support NFC.
Xolo X500 has a 512MB RAM, which is not that perfect, as almost all of today's smartphones have at least 1GB RAM. It has 4GB internal storage, and as the phone supports micro sd cards, the external memory can be expanded up to 32GB.
The Xolo X500 is powered by a battery of 1500 mAh, which is not up to the expectation level. Though the company claims that it can give you a standby time of 405 hrs in 2G and up to 383 hrs on 3G and a talk time of 10 hrs on 2G and up to 9.8 hrs on 3G, these are not always attained.
Lava has successfully priced a low charge on its Xolo X500. The device comes at a price of 9,000/- Indian Rupees. But, the company had to do greater compromises on the features.
The price tag for an Intel powered handset has been cut down for the first time. But the company had to surrender great compromise for this cutting down. The scaled down features will be taking off most of the positives of the phone.
• Affordable Price
• Intel Atom Z2420 Processor
• Dual SIM
• Poor screen resolution
• No front camera
• Poor RAM
• Poor Battery
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