Xolo is on the move again and after the launch of the Xolo Era there seems to be that they are going to change the meaning of the budget segment that Xiaomi and Yu did for the Indian Smartphone Market but Xolo Better late than never is going the first smartphone company to bring a dual camera set up in a budget segment device which is quite good and this camera setup is going to compelled with the Xolo Black the first device from its series .
Xolo Black review
Xolo Black Design
starting with design of the Xolo Black which is a unibody type of design having glasses on both sides and the good thing is that the glass at the back has a oleopathis coating making it smudge resistant as well as water repellent also both the front and back glass are corning glasses so they are well protected also and scratch resistant also . The device has curved edges so it is more confortable to handle. Getting to the back you can see the dual camera setup eith a led flash at the middle of the setup and at the middle the xolo branding with speaker grill at the bottom. Coming to the front there is the earpiece grill at the top and bunch of sensors around it with the front camera also with a soft led fornt flash . At the left side right you can see the volume and the power butoons but the new thing is that the led notification has been moved from the front to the power button yes the power button glow when the notification arises.At the left there is a hybrid sim try which will we talk about it later. There also a Hive branding at the bottom of the back just like in one plus one saying that its coming with Hive UI installed
Xolo Black Display
Coming to the display of the Xolo Black the dispaly is a 5.5 inch large making it to be cataegorised in the group of phablets the resolution id full HD providing 401 ppi of pixel density which we can say quite good.The picture Quality was vivid and images look crisp and clear In the protection department before said it is protected by corning gorilla glass 3 so no compromise here. And the panel is also OGS IPS panel so there would be better colar production as well as good touch response.
Xolo Black Processor and Hardware
coming to processing power of the Xolo Black supports a 2nd gen Snapdragon 615 which is also found in the Xiaomi Mi4i priced at the same prices. In the multitasking the Xolo Black is not behind with 2 GB of ram which good also with Adreno 405 GPU the gaming would also be a breeze and you will get smooth experience.In the hardware aspect the device comes with 4G support and coming to the hybrid sim try is that you can use the tray as dual sim or as a micro sd card slot but initially you are getting 16 GB of internal storage which also good.At much the performance was good as expected with the chipset there were not that much heating problems as found with the previous gen snapdragon 615 .
Xolo Black Software
Coming to the software of the Xolo Black as mentioned before there is special branding of the software name at the bottom back with name HIVE meaning the device comes with the Atlas HIVE UI preloaded . The HIVE UI is the Android Skin made by Xolo as There was not any custom UI made by Indian manufacturer so Xolo took the opening step . This time it is HIVE UI 1.5 which is more refined version of the HIVE UI based on newest android software the 5.0 lollipop bringing you the material design.The custom rom has many good features like the reding mode making the screen black and white and the underground option which hides and lockes the apps that you dont want to share with others also the device has the comet browser preloaded which is made by the makers of opera mini and have quite same design and UI this browser is specially made to make browsing easier even on weak or slow network connection . From the lockscreen you can slide down on the applications which can be selected in the settings like for default they are contacts , camera , messenging and opening them directly from the lockscreen . Coming to the customisation option there is a special application known as Edge which is theme engine to overall changing the UI of the system which is quite good.
Xolo Black Camera
Camera the main attention of this device which is the Dual camera setup helping you to focus even after saving the image.The intial camera UI was quite good and you have got many camera modes as well . The rear camera has got a 13 MP rear camera and other 2 MP for after focus and coming to the front there is 5 MP selfie camera with a front flash . The only thing that we did not like was the use of the two camera apps inspite everything available in one yes you have two camera apps one is the normal in which you use the known filters and other camera modes and the second one special to use the dual camera setup i mean the focus modes.
The image quality was crisp and color also came to be vibrant the details was captured and for us it can be a decent camera phone also . The camera supports different mode also like the Ubifocus mode make it easier for you to focus image after saving it another bunch of modes like optizoom it just another name for super resolution mode in which the device takes bunch of shots to combine and create a large image. Another mode we liked was the chroma flash mode in which the device takes two image one with flash and another without flash and combine to bring the best image results.
Final Verdict and Price
Xolo had work on many upgrades from design to processing power as well as the new system UI over all we are satidfies with the overall form factor of the device and also with the processing power . The implementation of dual camera setup had also made this device special as the cheapest one to have this feature and had also worked very well.
The Xolo Black is Exclusively available on flipkart with a price tag of 12,999 which is quite good understanding the specs we can say that it justifies it price as it has having specs similar to Xiaomi MI4I which you can buy for the same price.