Tuesday, 26 June 2012


The Lava XOLO X900 is Intel’s first foray into the world of smartphones. Although the Chipzilla has been working on a mobile chipset for quite a while now, it never quite made it to the production stage, until now. With Lava as its partner, Intel has released the first smartphone based on its Medfield platform in India, which also happens to be the first market in the world to get a phone with Intel Inside. With this phone Intel is also bringing its x86 architecture to the world of smartphones for the first time, which has been further optimized for power efficiency by Intel.
Eventually Intel would be putting its chips in even more devices with partnership, with Lenovo and Motorola already in place. But for now, let is concentrate on the device at hand, the Lava XOLO X900.

DesignThe XOLO X900 has a very simple and uninspiring design. It’s mostly a long, black slab with a silver finish on the side. The front portion has a glass that stretches from top to bottom and covers the earpiece, front camera and sensors at the top, the display in the middle and the four control keys at the bottom.

Display The XOLO X900 has a 4.03-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen LCD. Image quality on this display is a bit of a mixed bag. The colors and contrast levels are muted, the viewing angles are poor and there is noticeable ghosting seen around fast moving objects, especially in games. The only good thing about this display is the resolution, which coupled with the relatively small four inch size gives it a pixel density of an impressive 295PPI.
Now there is an advantage and disadvantage of this high pixel density on the XOLO X900. The advantage is that the picture looks very sharp, which almost makes up for the lack of outright image quality of the panel. The disadvantage is that the OS has not been optimized for this pixel density, which makes things such as icons and fonts look a bit small.

Hardware and softwareThe XOLO X900 runs on Intel’s new Medfield platform for smartphones. The SoC in question is the Intel Atom Z2460, which is also known as Penwell. Within this SoC are Intel’s single-core 1.6GHz Saltwell CPU with Hyper-threading support and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. As you can expect, Intel has stuck with its x86 architecture, which makes this the first production Android device to be based on this architecture. It does, however, come with some limitations, which we will talk about later.  Then there’s 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space, with a separate 2GB for apps. Unfortunately, there is no memory card slot.

On the software side, the XOLO X900 is running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread right now with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich promised for later. We know it sounds like a bummer and it is but the saving grace here is that it is practically a stock version of Gingerbread, so you won’t have to deal with some silly skin on top of an outdated version of the OS. The only customizations here is the presence of the power widget within the notification drawer, which lets you quickly toggle things such as the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc., a XOLO Care app, built-in doubleTwist music player, a new camera app and some new wallpapers. Other than this the OS is about as stock as it gets and we hope things stay this way when the Android 4.0 update arrives later


OS         --          Android 2.3( which ll be later upgraded to 4.0)
PROCESSOR-- 1.6 ghz atom processor
DIMENSIONS--   4.03 inch
DISPLAY--         1024 x 600 resolution
BATTERY --      1460 maH
PRICE--             Rs. 17,990

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