Xolo Black With 5.5-Inch Full-HD Display, Dual Rear Cameras Launched at Rs. 12,999

Xolo Black With 5.5-Inch Full-HD Display, Dual Rear Cameras Launched at Rs. 12,999
Xolo has launched its first smartphone under its premium 'Black' brand. Called the Xolo Black, the smartphone will be priced at Rs. 12,999 and will go on sale on Flipkart on Monday.

Existing Xolo customers can get the smartphone a day early between 4pm to 8pm on Sunday, but will have to register for that. The company has also tied up with Vodafone to provide a bundled SIM offer with 1GB of free data a month for two months, and unlimited Vodafone music for two months. Users can also get their hands on the smartphone before their purchase at 100 Vodafone flagship stores across the country.

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The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM) Xolo Black runs on the Hive atlas UI that's based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixel) IPS display with a pixel density of 403ppi, oleophobic coating, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection (which extends to the back of the smartphone). The power key also doubles up as the notification light.

The Black smartphone is powered by what is being called the second-gen 64-bit Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) SoC, with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.0GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. It features an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

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Notably, the Xolo Black features a hybrid dual-SIM slot, where the second SIM card slot also doubles up as the microSD card slot. The smartphone also comes with a dual rear camera setup, with one 13-megapixel camera and one 2-megapixel camera. The two cameras work in tandem for faster autofocus (claimed to be 0.15 seconds) and depth-mapping. It also enables features like UbiFocus, which lets users refocus on objects even after a photo has been taken.

Other Xolo Black rear camera features that the company is touting include ChromaFlash for natural looking colours and skin tones in low light, apart from OptiZoom for enhanced digital zoom using image processing. The company is also touting the Adobe-powered Photo Studio tool that's integrated in the Xolo Black's image gallery. The front-facing camera features a 5-megapixel sensor, a wide-angle lens, and flash as well.

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As for connectivity options, the Xolo Black features 4G LTE connectivity, supporting both FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz) and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz); Micro-USB v2.0 with USB OTG functionality; A-GPS; Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

The latest version of the company's proprietary Hive UI was also described at the launch, and apart from featuring Material Design, comes with an 'Underground' feature as a secure storage space for private apps and data, a special reading mode, and an updated Comet browser with battery saving features.
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Decently built and looks good
  • Hive UI has plenty of customisation options
  • Good cameras, front camera has flash
  • Straightforward, reliable performance
  • Bad
  • Hive UI can be sluggish at times
  • Screen isn't quite up to the mark for full-HD
  • Notification light in the power switch makes no sense
  • Two separate camera apps make shooting a complicated affair
Display 5.50-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 3200mAh
OS Android 5.0
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels

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