Xolo Era 1X Pro Review – Another cool upgraded handset by Xolo!

Xolo, on its entry into the Indian market in 2012, set a benchmark for the home-grown smartphone vendors. With the first Intel powered smartphone to developing its OS ecosystem, Xolo has come a long way. However, with the entry of Chinese smartphone brands and expansion of entry-level category, Xolo had to change its positioning and proposition. This saw the homegrown smartphone vendor make its entry into the over-competitive and over a crowded entry level segment in the country. Seeing success with runaway hits like Xolo Era 1X

Recently, Xolo launched its Xolo Era 1X Pro which is a successor to Xolo Era 1X. Let’s have a look at the specs and performance of the phone.

Hardware and Design

Xolo has always been good at developing cool and handy smartphones, and they have continued the streak with their Era 1X Pro. The phone has great looks when compared to other in the same segment and also sports a sleek design. Back lid of the phone has a matte finish and offers good grip on the phone. The back camera has smart design cues and aesthetics that don’t make it look an affordable smartphone. The side lining of the phone has the power key and the volume rocker button.

The phone lacks the modern-day metal body chassis. However, being made of plastic makes it light and easy to carry. And, during our experience, we faced no over-heating issues. Over all phone has a sturdy build and should last enough to give you a bang for your buck.

Rating: 4/5

Display

 

The phone has 5-inch HD display and wide viewing angles. The colour reproduction is just about right and doesn’t hurt the eye. Under the sun or in bright places phone offers decent display quality because of its automatic brightness feature. Overall it offers a decent viewing experience and suitable for daily use.

Rating: 4/5

Software and performance

The phone features a 1.5 GHz processor, Quad-core processor with 2GB RAM that makes it a good contender in this range. The phone runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS and has a 16GB internal and 32 GB expandable memory. The phone doesn’t hang while switching between regular/heavy apps and has a good overall using experience. While you can play lighter games like a breeze on the smartphone, playing heavy games might not give you the same experience.

One thing that can be established as a selling point for the smartphone, considering the price of the phone, is the smart features option in it. Smart feature option lets you do following:

  •    Smart awake: This option enables users to wake the screen by double tapping on the screen, enabling the smart music feature and set gestures like left, right, gesture c, gesture w and much more to open apps and acts as a shortcut.
  •    Active Shot: It lets you to activate the camera by pressing the volume down and power button simultaneously.
  •    Assistant: It allows you to enable the assistant button that will remain on the screen all the time, just like the iPhone assistant button.

Rating: 3/5

Camera and battery

The phone has an 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash, 5P Largan Lens and a 5MP front-facing camera with dual LED flash. Back camera of the phone clicks average pictures, but what got my attention was the front facing dual-LED flash, which is rare and not found in the phone of this segment.

 

The phone has a battery of 2500mAh battery and runs for an entire day with regular use. It doesn’t have the dash charging option, but that’s what not what we expect from an entry-level phone.

Rating: 3/5

Overall experience

The phone is a decent performer and can also be a tough contender in the entry-level smartphone segment. The phone gives you a swift using experience and is suitable for daily tasks like video streaming and playing games. When used exhaustively, the battery lasts for approximately eight hours, which is standard time for smartphones. I will call it a value for money.

Overall Rating

3.5/5

 

himanshu

Himanshu Yadav is editor @Blogtechnika and is a graduated in Electronics & Communication Engineering. He loves writing, spending time on the internet and exploring cool gadgets. If you want to contact him then you can drop a mail at himanshu[at]blogtechnika[dot]com. Follow him on twitter – @techim.

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