Xolo, the premium brand of Lava mobiles has earned itself a reputation for launching smartphones that are slightly more premium than other budget smartphones in terms of build quality and overall look and feel of the device. But the same do not come at a premium and are instead usually launched at attractive price points. The latest smartphone to join the ranks is the Xolo A500 Club for Rs 7,099 and the same will be a music-centric phone, courtesy of the dual front speakers it brings to the table. Let us have a quick review of the specifications of the Xolo A500 Club.
Camera and Storage:
The smartphones these days are touching new points when it comes to camera, processing power, displays and the likes. Seeing the fact that Xolo A500 Club will be catering to a segment that wants a decent camera for occasional clicks and not to photography buffs, Xolo has given the smartphone a 5 megapixel rear camera which is capable of 720p video recording. The Xolo A500 Club gets a VGA camera up front as well for video calling and last minute vanity checks.
The internal storage capacity of the smartphone is 4GB and the same can be expanded by another 32GB with the help of a microSD card. This is pretty much what you get in the price range usually so there’s nothing that makes it stand apart but it does get the job done.
Processor and Battery:
Under the hood is MT6572 dual core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. Mediatek chipsets are what power almost every other budget handset these days and the dual core processor of the Xolo A500 Club provides decent processing power. It teams up with a 512 MB RAM which will provide you with a decent multitasking experience but do not expect games like Asphalt 8 to run with breeze alongside other applications running in the background.
The battery is a 1,800 mAh unit which will be good enough to last it a day and you can’t really expect something better at this price point too. You might want to keep a portable charger with you if you are into listening big time and will be using the front two speakers of the Xolo A500 Club pretty often. The company claims it will offer a talk time of up to 8 hours on 2G and 34 hours of music which we feel is good enough at this price.
Display and Features
The smartphone comes with a 4 inch IPS display and has OGS for protection. It has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels which is decent. Seeing the fact that it is an IPS display unit, you can expect decent viewing angles. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and there would be no upgrades to the same as well in future but we wouldn’t complain about that at this price point.
Looks and Connectivity
It looks similar to its siblings A500 and A500S but gets dual front speakers which add to the appeal of the budget smartphone. It will feature a good build quality and we wouldn’t really complaint about the same.
Connectivity package is a pretty well rounded off one with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS on offer. It is a dual SIM device. The smartphone provides a good alternative to other budget smartphone courtesy of its two front speakers which make the device a good choice for music lovers.
The smartphone will face competition from its own siblings A500L, A500S and to some extent even the Lumia 520 which is on sale for Rs 7,600 after the price drop. Other manufacturers such as Karbonn and Micromax have a slew of offerings as well in the same segment.
|Model||Xolo A500 Club|
|Display||4 inch, WVGA|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Dual Core|
|Internal Storage||4 GB|
|Cameras||5 MP/ VGA|
The Xolo A500 club will be entering a pretty crowded market and its dual front speakers will be the only differentiating it from the rest. It comes at a price point which is affordable and Xolo already has garnered a reputation for budget premium devices.