Domestic brand Xolo, a subsidiary of Lava mobiles, launched the Era X1 Pro as a 4G VoLTE enabled affordable option for any one looking for an entry grade handset. Of course, at these prices some compromises are involved when it comes to hardware and even experience, but is this the one affordable phone that you should buy? Let’s try and answer that in our Xolo Era X1 Pro review.
Key Specifications of Xolo Era 1X Pro:
|Model||Xolo Era 1X Pro|
|Display||5 inch HD IPS display|
|Processor||1.5 GHz quad-core processor|
|Camera||8 MP rear and 5 MP front camera|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat OS|
Design and Build
If you are familiar with Xolo phones, you will find your self right at home with the Era X1 Pro. It’s not the slimmest or swankiest looking phone on the block, but it’s certainly unique. The phone has a textured plastic back cover, tapered side edges, and a glass fascia.
It’s quite light and compact, which makes it easy to handle, but modern perks like 2.5D glass and fingerprint sensor are missing. It’s a basic plastic body phone and though the design isn’t anything special, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker in this budget.
Xolo Era1X Pro has a 5-inch HD display with wide viewing angles and reasonable colors. The display is also usable under the sun. There is an option for automatic brightness as well.Once again, the display won’t dazzle but you won’t have much reason to complain about. It proved to be a good display for day-to-day use and also for multimedia consumption.
Camera and Imaging
Xolo Era 1X Pro comes with a 5MP camera on both front and rear. The Selfie shooter also benefits from dual LED flash that can be used to salvage very low light shots.
The rear camera is an average performer. The clicked images are workable in good lighting but the quality further deteriorates in low lighting. The dynamic range is strictly average and colors feel a bit muted. The camera often struggles to focus. In comparison, the front selfie camera does a rather fine job.
Performance and software
The Era 1X Pro employs a decidedly entry-grade 1.5GHz quad-core Spreadtrum chipset paired with 2GB RAM and up to 16GB internal storage. The chipset has the responsibility to fuel close to stock Android Marshmallow software on the phone.
The software is light, but still, the phone stutters with demanding tasks like heavy gaming. Basic social media apps and light games run fine, but if you attempt to open multiple apps at once or execute graphic intensive apps, the phone lags, and stumbles.
The Xolo Era 1X Pro is meant for only the most basic of Android users. The audio output via loudspeaker is average in terms of loudness and quality. We didn’t face any call quality issue in our time with the phone.
Battery, Price, and verdict
The 2500mAh battery on the phone can last for a day but only with basic to moderate usage. If you sync multiple accounts, use 4G data through most part of your day and indulge with apps that need to keep your display on at a stretch, you might have to resort to mid-day charging.
The Xolo Era X1 Pro is available for purchase on Snapdeal and Flipkart for about 5,777 INR. The handset is a fairly standard phone for its price. There is nothing extraordinary about the phone and, at the same time, there isn’t anything particularly disappointing either.
You can get a slightly better camera with, say, Redmi 4A, but other than that, you will have to limit your expectations for any phone under 6,000 INR, most of which combine 2GB RAM/16GB storage with an entry-grade chipset and thus are meant only for first time and basic users. If you are someone who is looking to buy a smartphone strictly under 6000 INR and need it for basic use, you can consider Xolo Era 1X Pro.