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XOLO Era 1X Pro

Colours:
Gold
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 16 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Micro
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Bright HD display
  • Good multitasking
  • Good set of cameras
Cons
  • Low-end chipset
  • No fast charging
  • No fingerprint sensor

Specifications

General
Launch DateJuly 19, 2017 (Official)
BrandXOLO
ModelEra 1X Pro
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Quick Charging
Design
Height145.5 mm
Width72 mm
Thickness8.6 mm
Weight145 grams
ColoursBlack, Gold
Display
Screen Size5.0 inches (12.7 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density294 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Protection
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)65.64 %
Performance
ChipsetSpreadtrum SC9832A
ProcessorQuad core, 1.5 GHz, Cortex A7
RAM2 GB
Storage
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.2
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution3264 x 2448 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Battery
Capacity2500 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceableyes
TalkTimeUp to 10 Hours(3G)
Standby timeUp to 185 Hours(3G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensor
Other SensorsLight sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Xolo Era 1X Pro is an apt upgrade to the original Xolo Era 1X, which was a superhit budget smartphone under Rs. 5,000. The Era 1X Pro from the house of Xolo comes with a good design and build quality, vivid HD display, good cameras, fluid interface, good multitasking experience and decent overall performance. However, we do not get a great processor, fast charging support and fingerprint sensor here. Although, we would surely recommend the Xolo Era 1X Pro as it is worth the price and is a value for money smartphone. In case you would like to check out some other options in this segment, then check out the iVooMi Me5, Sansui Horizon 2 and Yu Yunique 2.

Introduction:

Xolo had launched the Era 1X budget smartphone back in September 2016 and it was a big hit for the brand. The upgraded variant known as Xolo Era 1X Pro was launched in July 2017 and it promised double performance since it comes with twice the RAM and storage compared to its predecessor. Thus, you are getting 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM here. So let us check out the Xolo Era 1X Pro review in order to find out if you should purchase this budget smartphone or give it a miss. However, take a look at its specifications first.

The Xolo Era 1X Pro is powered by a Spreadtrum SC9832A quad-core processor, coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). The phone sports a 5-inch HD display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 8 megapixel primary rear camera and a 5 megapixel selfie shooter. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor. Under the hood, there is a 2500mAh removable battery.

Design & Display:

The Xolo Era 1X Pro is completely made up of plastic like most low-end budget smartphone. However, the build quality is very premium. The phone is very compact, light weigh (145 grams) and quite sleek (8.6mm). The credit goes to Xolo for maintaining a good build quality of an affordable low-end budget smartphone. Since the Xolo Era 1X Pro is compact, you can easily use it with one hand without facing any challenges. The phone has slight round edges, which is suitable for long duration of usage. The back cover has a textured matte finish for added grip.

On the front, we get a 5-inch display along with the selfie camera, dual LED flash, earpiece and couple of sensors. There are three capacitive buttons below the display for navigation. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are placed on the right side of the phone, while the left side remains empty. The microUSB port and the 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top. There is nothing at the bottom except the primary microphone. Turning towards the back side, we get the primary camera along with the LED flash on the top left. The Xolo branding is found in the middle while the loudspeaker is seen at the bottom. Upon opening the removable plastic back cover, we get a 2500mAh removable battery along with SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Overall, the Xolo Era 1X Pro has a great build, ergonomic design and capable hardware.

The Xolo Era 1X Pro features a 5-inch IPS display, which comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD). It is a good, compact display that is meant for content consumption. The color reproduction is accurate and the brightness level and contrast ratio are also quite good. The viewing angles are decent while sunlight legibility is moderately good. Also, there is an ambient light sensor and hence the brightness gets automatically adjusted according to surrounding conditions. An extra layer of protection is absent on top of the display but that does not make the screen panel a fingerprint magnet.

The touch response of the Xolo Era 1X Pro is quite smooth, mainly due to the overall display quality and lag-free interface. Overall, the Xolo Era 1X Pro has a very good display for high-definition content consumption.

Performance:

The Xolo Era 1X Pro is powered by a quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 2GB RAM. It is a generic low-end chipset in this category but you can easily perform the basic day-to-day tasks without any hiccups. The 2GB RAM onboard is good enough for a very decent multitasking experience and it can also handle most of the normal apps and games. In general, the UI is also lag free for most of the times because of the stock Android like experience. If you're thinking of playing games on this phone, you can play most of the normal 3D games but the high graphics intensive games like Asphalt 8 will certainly lag here. The Xolo Era 1X Pro has 16GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 9GB of free space. Although, if you want more storage, you can get that by inserting a microSD card (up to 32GB). We do not get any fingerprint sensor on this phone.

Talking about connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE support. It is a Dual SIM phone (micro) that also comes with a dedicated microSD card. The battery capacity of the Xolo Era 1X Pro is 2500mAh and we get a removable one but there is no fast charging support. However, you will get around one day of battery life with moderate usage. Overall, the Xolo Era 1X Pro is a good performer in most departments among all low-end budget smartphones.

Cameras:

The Xolo Era 1X Pro rocks a 8 megapixel primary rear camera. In terms of image quality, the color saturation is good and we got some details in our pictures clicked in natural outdoor conditions. However, in low light and indoors, the images were filled with some noise. So we would suggest you to use the LED flash in low light conditions or just shoot with ambient lighting. The sensors take some time in focusing on the subject but once they lock in, the photos come out quite well. Macro shots were quite good while HDR shots were probably the best of the lot. Now coming to the selfie camera, we get a 5 megapixel shooter and you can click good selfies using it. We are also given dual LED flash on the front for clicking great selfies in very low light conditions.

The camera app of the Xolo Era 1X Pro has a very simple and easy to use UI. It can even be used by first time smartphone users without any issue. There are a lot of shooting modes in the stock camera app but the Auto Mode works best in most shooting conditions. The primary shooter can record Full HD videos but the quality is above average. Overall, Xolo Era 1X Pro packs in a good set of cameras.

Audio & Video:

The loudspeaker of the Xolo Era 1X Pro is placed near the bottom on the back side. The speaker is audible and the sound quality is good too. There is no audio distortion even at the highest volume levels. Since the speaker is located on the backside, the sound obviously gets muffled when the phone is kept on a flat surface. The stock music player is the Google Play Music app and hence most of the features are available but if you have any favorite music app, you can download and use that for sure. We get a bundled earphone but it is very average in terms of quality.

The Xolo Era 1X Pro can play both HD and Full HD videos without any struggle. However, it will struggle to play 4K videos because of the low-end processor. For the best video watching experience, just download a third-party app like MX Player or you can even use the default player. However, do use a good pair of earphones for the best possible audio experience. Overall, the Xolo Era 1X Pro provides a good audio and video experience.

Software & Ui:

Out of the box, the Xolo Era 1X Pro runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. It is certainly a bit disappointing to not get Android 7.0 Nougat as its predecessor also came with Marshmallow. However, you'll get a stock Android like experience but do not expect any major OS update in the future. The UI does not show any lag or frame drops in general day-to-day usage, however it might lag a bit during hardcore gaming or running high-end apps, since the processor is low-end. There are a couple of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you plan to save up some space. In case you do not like this interface, then you can download any third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher to make it look more modern and sleek.

Overall, the Xolo Era 1X Pro has a fluid UI but Nougat OS would have been a lot better.

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