Xolo Black-Initial Impressions

Its getting cut-throat in the sub 10,000-15000 INR market for Android device manufacturers and that is always good for the consumers. XOLO has been trying hard to make an impression in the “affordable” Android segment has launched their best offering (price:performance) couple of days back.

Xolo Black Impressions

The device looks beautiful, is slim and well screwed together with a nice “black” paint job, hence the name BLACK, duh! The highlight of the device has to be the combination of a vivid 5.5″ 1080P display and the hot and fast (pun intended) Snapdragon 615 (2nd gen) 64-bit Soc which makes it quite a good value for money device. Sure we have the cheaper YU Yureka boasting the same (1st gen?) Snapdragon 615 but it sports a 720P display, on the other hand the slightly more expensive (compared to YU) K3 Note from Lenovo sports the first in segment 1080P (price wise) display but loses out on the processor department as it houses the Mediatek octacore processor (generally perceived inferior to the Snapdragon counterpart).

Everything looks good, except Xolo should have kept the brand/logo on the mobile cleaner and should have gone Huawei’s route, which only sports “honor” at the back of its Android devices which is a smart move given its not percieved as a premium brand in the smartphone market and a minimalistic approach is good in such cases, I would have liked it better if it only had “Black” branding on the phone at the back and nothing else, also we would have really appriciated if Xolo would cut out with all the Hive skin nonsense as well. Pure Android, especially L is pretty awesome on its own and all these skins and useless features they boast of are starting to be a big turnoff really. One can always customize Android with tons of launchers it has in the app stores and it makes no sense for any manufacturer be alone Xolo to have a custom OS anymore.

What Else?

Xolo has adapted HTC’s dual camera setup at the rear. We have a 13 and 2 MP camera with a special flash (Xolo calls it Chromium), and if you are wondering whats so special about this? Well in one line, you could adjust the depth of field of photo after it has been taken. Check out the official demo video below to get a hang of it.

To sum it up, here are my impressions of the phone:

 What I Like :

– Design, build & excellent paint job (kudos for the anti smudge coating)

– Price

– Dual camera setup

– Vivid 1080P Display

– 3200 mAh battery sounds great

What I Don’t like

– Glossy rear, even with anti smudge coating would be quite slippery.

-HIVE UI, or any skin on top Android is just a turnoff now, Pure Android L FTW.

Verdict :

Great buy for the price if you don’t mind the con’s we listed out. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.


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