I have great interest in technology and politics. Most of my time goes in analyzing and reading about these two subjects. We cannot predict, what is next in politics and technology? Every day, every hour and every second have a new story, new trend and new innovation. You must be wondering why I am saying this and how it is relevant with a review of today’s smartphone. Trust me; these facts have some emphasis in the review of XOLO ONE 16 GB.
I have been making endorsement for XOLO smartphones because of superb built quality, lag-free multitasking and the best camera performance. XOLO has been trying to position itself as a brand for Young users of urban class. That is why it is the main sponsor of Arnab Goswami’s The NEWSHOUR program. The debate show is the most popular news program at 9 PM.
In last six months, XOLO has launched few good smartphones under 5000 rupees budget. XOLO’s growing interest in 5000 segment brings interesting thought that anything is possible in the world of technology and politics.
Today, we are looking into XOLO One 16 GB. This is a reloaded version of the XOLO One, which was first introduced in October last year. All specifications and features are similar except internal storage. XOLO One 2014 has an 8 GB of ROM whereas the XOLO One 2015 comes with a 16 GB of internal memory.
This is a dual SIM XOLO smartphone with a price tag of 5300 rupees. Here, SIM card has to be in micro size to insert in this phone. Although we have already reviewed the XOLO One 2014, but in this article we will revisit to all features and functions pertaining to 2015 model.
Performance – Excellent
The XOLO One 16 GB dons a quad core processor of MediaTek. All four prongs in chipset is boosted for easy multitasking at a speed of 1.3 GHz. Mali 400 MP2 graphic processor unit ensures, the end user get lag free gaming and smooth multimedia playback. 1 GB RAM is one feature, which makes this phone a hot cake for quick consumption. Trust me, there are only few smartphone features one RAM under 5500 rupees budget. We are giving full mark to XOLO One 16 GB for quad core processor and one GB RAM.
Storage – Excellent
The 2014 version has an 8 GB of internal storage wherein user gets a share of approx 4.5 GB. However, XOLO One 2015 features a 16 GB of main memory, which can be expanded to 32 GB more by inserting a microSD card. In the new variant, the end user gets a share of 11.5 GB after the first boot. Therefore, point to note here, both versions has the same price tag, but the new variant saves at least 800 rupees, which is needed for an external SD card.
Display – Good
It features a 4.5 inches IPS LCD display wherein pixel density is 218 PPI and resolution can be measured in 480 by 854 pixels. Here is twist, in my opinion; pixel density should be less than 200 PPI to preserve battery power. 218 PPI does not go well with average battery of XOLO One 16 GB.
My Doodle 3 has a pixel density of 163 PPI and my second phone Xperia T2 ultra gets pixel density of 245 PPI. Yes, I agree that good pixel density means better clarity. But, my dear friend you need to consider screen size also. Big screen demands high pixel density whereas smart small screen can manage with low PPI. Honestly speaking, in terms of display clarity I do not find huge difference between Doodle 3 and T2 Ultra. Whatever differences occur that is not because of pixel density rather the technology inherited by the brand. Of course Sony is market leader in the display technology.
Crux of the matter is I complain for high PPI with respect to low battery backup in the One 2015. 160 to 180 PPI could have saved lots of battery power in day to day usages.
Camera – Very Good
At the GS, if you turn to reviews of XOLO smartphones, we have always complemented the brand for true optimization of camera in order to achieve better photography. 5 MP primary camera and 0.3 MP front facing camera gets our appreciation. The rear shooter offers FHD recording at a rate of 30 frames per second. And, we do not find many problems in quality considering current selling price of 5300 rupees.
1.3 MP is a correct specification for a front facing camera in 5000 rupees smartphone. I am off the view that XOLO has missed an opportunity to make XOLO One a hot gadget in the low budget segment. 0.3 MP Selfie shooter does register quick snaps, but quality is something you will not be impressed.
Battery – Average
1700 mAh battery is excellent if your usages are limited to just calling. However, we do not buy a smartphone for mere calling. On medium usages, you can easily avail around 36 to 40 hours of backup whereas high usages demand a permanent charger in wallet.
Connectivity – Very Good
The XOLO One 16 GB is a perfect smartphone and features all basic connectivity options. 1G, 2G and 3G network can be accessed on dual SIM support. For data transfer, you have option to choose between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. GPS connectivity let us find a way in congested Indian cities. Also, it features a USB port for data sync from a personal computer.
- Dual SIM
- Quad Core MediaTek processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB internal memory
- 5 MP camera for FHD recording
- 5 inches screen with 218 PPI pixel density
- 5 G for faster 3G data download
- 0.3 MP front facing camera does not bring any good
- 218 PPI pixel density is too much in a low battery power smartphone
- 1700 mAh average battery
Pick – This is our verdict in one word. You have to be logical while judging a smartphone. If we ignore some of low end features, then this is a paisa Vasool smartphone below 5500 rupees. I fully endorse this smartphone. Go for it.