Last week smartphone vendor Lava announced Hive, a heavily customized Android-based operating system which it will implement on its premium XOLO smartphones. At an event in New Delhi today, the Indian company launched its new flagship Hive OS-powered handset XOLO 8X-1000.

Xolo-8X-1000

The XOLO 8X-1000 offers a 5-inch display with not so impressive hardware specifications. Clearly, the company is hoping that the new software will help itself to differentiate from the competition. The device is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592M octa-core processor and laces 2 gigabytes of RAM. Here’s the complete specs sheet.

Specifications of XOLO 8X-1000

  • Display: 5-inch
  • Screen Resolution: 720p
  • OS: Hive OS (based on Android 4.4)
  • Processor: 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592M octa-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8MP and 2MP
  • Internal Storage: 16Gb (expandable via microSD)
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Battery: 1920 mAh

What’s notable about the phone is the forked Android OS it is running. Based on Android 4.4 KitKat, Hive brings several enticing features on board to enhance user experience. There are several notable changes, including the notifications display on the lock screen, as well as the Chameleon Widget which provides users notifications and weather info on the homescreen. There are several handy apps like one-touch RAM cleaner added to the mix as well.

Hive also offers Fusion X media player that offers audio, video and FM playback all at one place. It is integrated with YouTube app which will help it bring personalized recommendations. To enhance the listening experience, there is audio equalizer as well, and the company claims that the entire experience is coupled with DTS experience.

In addition, the homescreen supports gesture controls as well. The quick settings will allow to control various SIM-based operations. Similarly, the phone’s contact app syncs automatically with your email services and Facebook to keep your phonebook updated.
Xolo notes that it has tinkered with the Camera app as well. As a result, users will be catered with better ISO configuration and more accurate white balance. It has now become easier than ever to click images quickly. Among many other apps, the Gallery app has also received some much needed improvements. Instead of the regular square grid, the app will now provide you with distinct album views by source and category. It also integrates with your social network accounts and more to fetch all your images.

HIVE-UI-hS

The first impression of the Hive OS hasn’t been very pleasing, though. Several people on the ground didn’t find any striking feature in the Hive OS. However, we believe it is the content that the company will eventually provide which is the key.

It should be pointed out that the hardware specifications of the device doesn’t seem attractive either. At Rs.13,999 price-point, it faces stiff competition from the likes of Moto G, which is now Rs 2000 cheaper and the Xiaomi Mi3 which is hard to get. You could also take a look at Asus ZenFone 5.

Be sure to check out our views on the new Hive OS in the near future.

Tags: , , ,

Also Read:
 
Author

Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.