Update 1-9-2014: Xolo has corrected that the display is HD not full HD as was earlier reported
Xolo is definitely on a launch spree as the vendor is constantly splashing the market with impressive smartphones. It is one firm that is focusing on launching gaming oriented handsets in the budget market segment with models under its Play series. Now, Xolo has come up with a new smartphone called Play 8X-1100 that carries a price tag of Rs 14,999. Here is a quick review on the smattphone based on its capabilities.
Camera and Internal Storage
Xolo has gone done a pretty impressive job in the imaging department by packing the device a great camera set. At the back of the Play 8X-1100 is a 13 MP Sony Exmor RS camera sensor coupled with faster auto focus and FHD 1080p video recording. Also, there is a 5 MP selfie camera at the front teamed up with BSI sensor and 88 degree wide angle lens to provide a wide selfie frame enabling group selfies. This will make the Xolo smartphone a great seflie oriented handset in the mid-range market segment.
Storage wise, the handset comes with an impressive 16 GB native storage capacity that should suffice in storing all the necessary content. However, the device features a micro SD card slot for additional storage support up to 32 GB.
Processor and Battery
A 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor is employed in the handset in order to deliver superior performance. This is paired with a 700 MHz Mali 450 GPU to render great energy and speed for a good mobile gaming experience. Also, there is 2 GB of RAM capacity onboard for decent multi-tasking. With these hardware aspects, the handset appears to be truly optimized for the mobile gaming enthusiasts.
A 2,100 mAh battery is present to juice it up the smartphone and it appears pretty average with no bump in its capacity to suit a gaming device.
Display and Features
The display unit is a 5 inch one with a HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels resulting in 294 ppi pixel density. The IPS technology will render decent viewing angles and good levels of color reproduction. Furthermore, the screen is layered with the scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection that will add to its strengths.
The Xolo Play 8X-1100 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. Also, there are connectivity features such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG ensuring seamless connectivity even on the go. To the gamer’s delight, the handset provides access to exclusive content such as Xolo Play Zone to download and play from great collection of HD games. To render a spectacular audio experience, there are dual speakers with DTS Surround sound. To ensure faster file sharing, the handset comes packed with Hotknot feature that can transfer data between two devices at five times faster speed than Bluetooth.
|Model||Xolo Play 8X-1100|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6592|
|Internal Storage||16 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB|
|OS||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Camera||13 MP/ 5 MP|
What we Like
- Impressive imaging Hardware
- Sharp full HD display
What we Don't Like
- Slightly bigger battery capacity would have been better
Price and Conclusion
The Xolo Play 8X-1100 is priced reasonably at Rs 14,999 given its premium specifications and features. The handset becomes a great offering in the market as it takes advantage of increased internal storage space, good display with FHD resolution, decent octa-core processor and an impressive camera set. With such striking aspects, the Xolo phone is believed to be a challenger to the other flagship phones that are available with similar aspects for hefty price tags.