Currently, one of the biggest fights taking place in the mobile market is the fight for middle and low-end smartphones. At the Mobile World Congress we saw how new operating systems, like Firefox OS, Tizen and others want to make use of that. Many of us might not have $500-$600 for a premium smartphone, but a good thing happening is that the diversity of devices below that price is getting bigger and bigger. And today a new offer has appeared on the market.

Xolo, an Indian mobile phone maker, which also praises to be the maker of the world’s first mobile phone with the power of Intel Inside – X900, has announced what seems to be its “son”, the next model from the same line – the X1000. This is actually the third smartphone that comes packing an Intel processor inside, namely, the Intel Atom Z2480, after X900 and X500. Besides the Motorola Razr i, Intel didn’t manage to “endow” other smartphones from the developed markets with its chips, so it turned its focus to a country such as India, where the mobile market is very big and developing at a steady pace.

xolo x1000 hands on


XOLO X1000 Specifications and Features

Like we already said, the X1000 comes with a 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2480 processor that also has a special, Hyper Threading Technology which should improve multitasking. The earlier mentioned Motorola Razr i also has the same processor inside, and just like with X1000, it has been clocked at the maximum possible frequency. We’re not yet sure how the processor will fare in the Xolo X1000, but it managed to score decent results in the Razr i.

The processor isn’t the newest one – being based on the Medfield platform which has already been “upgraded” to Clover Trail+. As for the graphical processing unit (GPU), we’re being informed that it has a 400 MHz capacity which is enough for you to enjoy 1080p HD video encoding and playback. Xolo also mentions that 3D image reproduction will not be an issue thanks to this GPU. If you want to use it for gaming or ongoing video rendering, the device shouldn’t experience any issues. Let’s hope that the 1900 mAh battery will manage to withstand to intense use.

The X1000 comes with a 4.7-inch 720p SHARP curved glass display, with a resolution of 1280×720, delivering 312 pixels per inch. Xolo also brags its back side of the handset, saying it has a “luxuriant finish”. The phone comes with a 8MP back camera and a 1.3 MP front one. The camera has a burst mode which allows to take 15 frames per second. A big minus is that it will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); and because it isn’t a Jelly Bean device, it won’t benefit from such awesome new features as Google Now. Inside we can also find a 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (expandable up to 32 GB) and a 3G chip. The phone also has a 3.5 mm audio jack, is 9.1 mm thick (or thin) and weighs 140 grams. Unfortunately, it comes with Bluetooth 2.1 and not 4.o; USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi are, of course, present.

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Xolo X1000 is priced at 20, 000 INR (around $370) and will sell on Flipkart.com (delivered in 7-8 days) and on the official, Xolo.in website.  From what we saw, there is only the Black color available for purchase. Unfortunately, since this is a phone meant only for the Indian market, we won’t see it anywhere else. I dare to say that it would’ve been an interesting proposition for European consumers, as well.

Inspired by the Google Nexus 4?

When you first look at the phone, you get the feeling that you saw this somewhere else. Indeed, the design is strikingly similar, as you can tell from our hands-on pictures from the launch event. The unibody design is constructed in such a way that it revokes any possible refractions; at least that’s what Xolo tells us. We can’t tell if this also has been inspired by the Nexus 4. Either way, have a look at the pictures and judge for yourself.

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