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XOLO 8X-1000 review

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The XOLO 8X-1000 was chosen to debut the company's in-house HIVE UI - a custom user interface built in house. Apart from the unique software features, the device also boasts impressive specs, like a 5-inch HD display, octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal expandable storage and 8MP/2MP cameras. We've given you a glimpse of the device's capabilities during our first impressions and camera review. Here's a quick review in pictures.

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  • 1. XOLO 8X-1000 Review in pictures
  • 2. A design thats all glass and geometry The XOLO 8X-1000 sports a unibody sandwich design, with sloping edges and a slim 7.9mm frame The back panel is made of glass, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, making it look ultra-premium There are Android capacitive buttons below the display, which are represented by three backlit dots
  • 3. Vibrant display with good viewing angles Sports a 5-inch IPS HD display (~294ppi), which is protected by a layer of Asahi Dragontrail glass The screen offers ample brightness levels and is legible even in bright sunlight Colours are vibrant, and viewing angles are good too While the screen was mostly responsive, it wasnt the smoothest for scrolling or swiping
  • 4. The cameras look good on paper The 8X-1000 sports an 8MP primary camera with a Sony Exmor R sensor and LED flash In front, it gets a 2MP snapper for video calls and selfies The camera offers a range of modes like HDR, Panorama, Gesture Shot, Pro and more There are also a variety of effects to choose from, like Mono, Sepia, Negative, etc
  • 5. but the results are a mixed bag The primary camera can take decent daylight and macro shots In low light, it utilises the ambient light well to create bright images However, grain is an issue, and theres significant loss of detail when images are zoomed into The front camera produces hazy results, and is only acceptable for video calls
  • 6. HIVE UI offers tons of custom features The smartphone runs XOLOs custom built HIVE UI, which runs on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat HIVE completely changes the look and feel of Android, and offers a range of themes, wallpapers and ringtones that can be downloaded from a dedicated store called Edge A platform called Connect lets users interact with the HIVE team, offer feedback and vote for suggestions
  • 7. And a complete design overhaul too HIVE features several cosmetic changes as well The app drawer lets you view apps alphabetically, by recently installed first or category, with a dedicated tab to access the Play Store The Quick Settings menu displays circular sliders for brightness and screen timeout A dynamic Chameleon Widget on the homescreen displays missed notifications, weather, date and time
  • 8. A smooth performer, but the heavy UI takes its toll The device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, mated to 2GB of RAM and Mali 450-MP4 graphics Day-to-day performance was fine, although some of the heavier themes can cause lags and freezes Intensive games play without a hitch, but the device tends to heat up Out of the 16GB of internal storage, around 13GB is available to use
  • 9. Battery life isnt the greatest The 8X-1000 is powered by a 1,920mAh battery The device lasts less than a day with regular use, usually requiring a recharge by the evening In our video loop battery drain test, it gave us around 5 hours and 30 minutes of playback Theres a Power saving mode you can enable to prolong usage
  • 10. At a glance 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 pixels, 294ppi 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor Mali 450 MP4 GPU 2GB RAM 16GB storage with microSD slot 8MP primary, 2MP front camera HIVE UI on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat 1,920mAh battery Dual-SIM (3G+3G), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 11. - Performance can be sluggish depending on the theme Average camera duo Battery life barely last a day Pros and cons + Classy design and flagship-quality build Bright display with good viewing angles HIVE adds an interesting software twist
  • 12. Pricing and verdict Rs 13,999 The XOLO 8X-1000 is a compelling device, but will face a tough time with the competition. Apart from domestic rivals like the Karbonn Titanium Octane and Micromax Canvas Nitro, the new Moto G and Zenfone 5 are also worthy competitors. The smartphones main attraction is the HIVE UI, but this still a work in progress, and will require a some polishing before it becomes an attractive proposition for potential buyers.

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