First Intel Smartphone XOLO X900 : Review

The first Intel smartphone is in the market. After years of work, California based Intel company went ahead with Chinese tech giant Lenovo and relatively unknown Indian manufacturer Lava to launch the initial smartphones.

X900 is technically the first Intel powered smartphone to ship worldwide; it is based on Intel’s Medfield reference design and has been priced at Rs. 21,999.

Hardware

Featuring a rectangular shape, XOLO X900 reminds of iPhone 4/4S , it is similar in looks with the chrome ring, button placement and even the micro-SIM card slot.
The front of the X900 houses a 4.03-inch display with 1024x600p resolution, along with capacitive Android buttons, 1.3MP front camera, earpiece, MIC and a bunch of sensors. The micro-SIM card slot is present on the right side with two-stage dedicated camera button, volume rocker and speaker.
The matching second speaker for stereo sound is present on the left with HDMI-out port.
Bottom is pretty much clean apart from the Micro-USB cum charging port, while top includes power button and the 3.5mm headphone jack. On the rubberised back, are the 8MP camera, LED Flash, regulatory symbols, Intel and XOLO branding.

Display

Intel and Lava have opted for 1024x600p resolution; At its price, X900 will be competing with Motorola Atrix 2, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, which come with qHD and WVGA resolutions – thus X900 surely wins that race.
XOLO X900 features a 4.03-inch display, which is pretty decent and offers nice colour output and viewing angles.
The display has 295 pixels-per-inch and the touch experience has no problems with touch accuracy.
XOLO X900′s display is also sufficiently bright.

Camera

X900 houses an 8-megapixel camera sensor in the smartphone, which has been clubbed with one of the most comprehensive camera apps we have seen in recent times. It also comes with something called Burst Shot, last seen in HTC One X, that allows consumers to click upto ten pictures in less than a second.
The camera app on the smartphone also offers various colour filters like Sepia, BW, Negative, which can be applied directly in the app itself.
The video recording interface on the phone is similar to the still imaging UI and it allows you to shoot up to 1080p video, which is pretty much a standard in high-end smartphones. You can even apply the colour effects while recording a video or set white balance or zoom. The recording output is good. Camera maintains auto-focus continuously, which helps in capturing long videos with a lot of movement.
The 1.3MP front camera is decent and you can even record 720p videos with it.

Software/ Interface
As a Gingerbread smartphone, XOLO X900 is quite decent. There are no extra applications loaded on the smartphone apart from the XOLO Care app and the inclusion of Swype.
While apps like Facebook, Twitter, Barcode Scanner, Astro, Dropbox, and Instagram work flawlessly, several games ,Shadowgun, Deer Hunter, Backstab, Temple Run, and Asphalt 6 amongst them, aren’t supported as of date.

Performance /Battery Life
XOLO X900 recently became the first smartphone worldwide to ship with Intel’s Atom Z2460 32nm SoC with processor clocked at up to 1.6 GHz. It also comes with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU at 400 MHz, and a dual channel LPDDR2 memory.
Despite being powered a single-core processor, XOLO X900 performs at par with other smartphones in the same price-bracket and are powered by dual-core processor. There is no-sluggishness or lag while going through menus or working with the applications.
Medium to heavy users will be able to pass the day with the smartphone’s 1460 mAh battery.
The gaming performance is pretty good and most casual games worked flawlessly;

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