Lava XOLO X900 with Intel inside is making waves across the world. Here we discuss its specs and features
The first Intel smartphone is making waves. Lava has become the world’s first mobile manufacturer to launch a handset with Intel’s new mobile chips, the Medfield. Intel has struck deals with companies like Lenovo, Motorola and Orange besides Lava to develop hardware for its initial line of mobile chips. The XOLO X900 from Lava is now the first device to mount the Intel chips, which will pose stiff threat to ARM Holdings and its products. The Android based smartphone from Lava will grab the attention of Intel Medfield lovers until Lenovo’s proposed K800 comes out in June 2012. The XOLO X900 is a high-end phone with many dazzling features and of course with some shortfalls. Here are they.
Lava XOLO X900 highpoints
Medfield microprocessor: The XOLO X900 sports Intel’s new Atom Z2460 CPU with an amazing clock speed of 1.6GHz. This is certainly a high performance processor, which can make the X900 highly competitive to the mainstream handsets, which feature ARM’s high-end chips. Besides the Medfield chips, Intel’s Hyper Threading delivers extra strength for the handset. The Hyper Threading technology promises enhanced multitasking and increased battery life for devices. Of course, the most outstanding thing with the XOLO X900 is that it rocks Intel’s new microprocessor.
“Superior Intel technology and Lava’s innovations come together to bring you the new XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel Inside. [You can] experience fast web browsing with the 1.6GHz Intel processor. Based on Intel patented Hyper Threading technology this processor also enables smooth multi-tasking with optimum battery usage,” notes Lava on XOLO X900’s official website.
Large and hi-res display: Right now mobile market is crowded with large smartphones. The new wave of phones may come with 4.5-inch plus displays. But a phone with a 4.03-inch display from Indian market is something new. Most tech makers in India develop smartphones with small screen. Lava’s XOLO X900’s LCD screen packs 1024 x 600 pixels with 16 million colors.
Rich multimedia features: Lava specially boasts of its new handset’s multimedia capabilities. The device supports full HD 1080p video playback and comes with dual speakers for unrivaled multimedia experience. Its 8-megapixel HD rear camera can shoot video and images at great clarity. You can clip up to 10 snaps in less than a second on the device. Lava even describes it as a DLSR to highlight its special camera capability. Thanks to its 400 MHz Graphics Processing Unit, 3D and HD gaming and movie watching are really immersive realistic experience.
Lava XOLO X900 shortcomings
Unattractive battery life: While counting the XOLO X900’s shortfalls its sub-par battery life comes to mind. Intel’s chip and the Hyper Threading technology could have ensured long battery life for the handset. But unfortunately Lava has failed here; the XOLO handset offers only 5.4Whr and the device offers 5 hours on 3G browsing and 8 hours talk time. Indeed, these are good figures, but when compared with the mainstream competitors it is nothing at all. “It’s worthwhile to note that the X900 includes a relatively small battery, at just 5.4Whr. Of late, batteries over 6Whr seem like the norm,” says Brian Klug of Anand Tech.
Obsolete firmware: You might have learned that the XOLO X900 comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the old version of Android for smartphone. The latest version Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is really making the market frenzy with its rich features and improvements. Anyway, Lava says that it will soon update the XOLO X900 with the latest version of Android.
Lava XOLO X900 price and availability
It was expected that the device would come with a price of around Rs 25,000. But Lava has priced it Rs 22,000. The affordable price will attract much more customers to the first Medfield handset in the world.
What others say?
“At the moment the Lava Xolo X900, indeed seems to be a powerful device, but some questions remain unanswered. We still need to figure out if Intel’s chipset has a noticeable performance advantage over ARM, plus there is also the case of battery life as Intel chipsets have historically been known to guzzle battery life,” writes BGR’s Sahil ‘Bones’ Gupta.