Xolo Era 4K #ExpressReview: A great deal, if you really need that big battery

Xolo Era 4K costs Rs 6,499 and is 4G smartphone with a 4000 mAh battery. Here's our review of the device.

Written by Hansa Verma | Published:March 17, 2016 11:41 am
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The Indian handset market is now flooded with smartphones that offer big batteries. The list includes smartphone makers like Gionee Marathon M5 with 6,020 mAh battery and M5 Lite with 4,000 mAh battery. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is another option that comes with a 4050 mAh battery.

Now Xolo Era 4K with its 4000 mAh battery joins the ranks and is definitely the cheapest entrants here.

Xolo Era 4K

Xolo Era 4K is compact smartphone that weighs 157 gms, the large battery notwithstanding. But is the big battery enough to make this one stand out? Here’s our review.

Specs: 5-inch HD IPS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 | 64-bit quad-core processor | 2 GB RAM | 8 GB storage (expandable via microSD to 32 GB) | 8 MP rear camera + 5 MP front camera (software enhanced) | 4,000 mAh battery| Android 5.1 Lollipop

Price: Rs 6,499

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What is good?

Xolo has again managed to keep its smartphones stylish, and Era 4K is no exception. The camera unit and flash is neatly placed at the top left corner at the back. This one has a plastic back, rounded edges and a silver metal frame completes the look. Also, the smartphone is very compact. A 4,000 mAh battery is packed inside this phone, that weighs just 157 gms. It feels fairly light, both in your hands and pockets.

Xolo Era 4K has a crisp display and reproduces good colours. The icons are sharp, vibrant and make for great viewing angles. It doesn’t work quite well in sunlight. Since, this one comes with on-screen navigation buttons, the thick bezel at the bottom could have been avoided for a bigger screen size.

The battery in Xolo Era 4K will not disappoint you. It will easily last for more than 2 days of charging from moderate to heavy use. Even with the device 50 per cent charged, one can use the phone for a day and a half. And if the battery levels drop dangerously low,there’s a Super Power Mode that you can turn on to get more out of the device.

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Xolo Era 4K packs a decent 8 megapixel rear shooter, giving average results in proper lighting. The auto-focus is fast, plus it comes with dual-flash, a live photo mode, panorama, face beautify etc. The front camera isn’t a disappointment either. Given the price point, one couldn’t really ask for more.

Multi-tasking during our review period on Xolo Era 4K wasn’t much of a problem either.

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What is not good?

I did encounter some heating issues with Xolo Era 4K during my review. Just within few minutes of playing games like Asphalt-8 on it, the device started getting warmer.

Also, I did not like the quality of the touchscreen. It’s more rugged than smooth. It feels like you are pressing too hard on the screen to get things done and at times the display doesn’t respond at all.

Verdict

Xolo Era 4K, at this price-point is a packaged deal. The 4,000 mAh battery will ensure that you never run out of juice, the device is compact, packs a decent camera. Xolo Era 4k could make for a good choice for those on a budget.

Intex Aqua Power HD comes closest to this price range with a 4,000 mAh battery at Rs 6,699. It features a 13 megapixel primary camera.

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