Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG might be familiar names to most of us, duking it out for the global top spot in regards to sales of Android devices, and many of us are familiar with manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei, MicroMax and Kyocera who are fighting their way up the ladder. But there are other handset makers out there that are relatively new and trying to put their own spin on the Android platform. One such company is XOLO, a company that came into being in 2012, and whose claims to fame include launching the worlds first Intel powered smart phone, as well as being the first brand to launch a Nvidia Tegra 4 powered tablet in India. And today, the Play 8X-1200 has been officially launched in India.
Lets deal with the hardware first, and here we see the Play 8X-1200 being powered by a MediaTek MT6592T processor, an Octa-Core chip that is clocked at 2.0GHz, with graphics provided by the included Mali 450 GPU that's clocked at 700MHz. Ram is a respectable 2GB and 32GB of internal storage, although a Micro-SD card slot is not supported. Dual SIM cards are supported, as is common with phones released in India. Bluetooth 4.0 is present, along with compatibility for WiFi bands 802.11 b/g/n. LTE is not supported.
A 5-inch IPS display is present with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a PPI of 441, featuring One Glass Solution (OGS) technology, which eliminates the space between the display and the touch-screen, enabling the manufacturer to both make the device thinner as well as making cost-savings.
On to the cameras, and here the Play X8-1200 boasts a front-facing 5MP camera with a BSI sensor. BSI technology attempts to increase the amount of light captured, thus improving low-light performance. On the rear panel, there is a 13MP camera with a Purecel sensor and dual-LED flash, and supports 1080p video recording.
The Play X8-1200 has a 2300mAh Li-ion battery, which is said to be good for 11.7 hours of 3G talk-time. The handset has dimensions of 143 x 68.5 x 9.7mm, slightly shorter and narrower than the Galaxy S5, but also 1.6mm thicker. The handset is running Android version 4.4 Kitkat out of the box and has a custom overlay called HIVE installed, which XOLO say is a 'unique software suite' that 'questions the status quo' that they attempt to explain in the video below. In an unusual move, the Play X8-1200 eschews the growing trend of on-screen buttons, and instead uses 3 capacitative buttons as seen in the images.
The XOLO Play X8-1200 (it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue does it?) appears to be a decently specced Android phone and is available for Rs.19,999 ($326) from your favourite retailers (in India of course). How does this stand up to its competitors? And is the price a little steep for what it offers? Let us know in the comments or at our Google Plus page.