It looks like Xolo is trying to carve out a niche in the affordable 4G smartphone market in India. Priced at Rs. 5,777,  this domestic manufacturer’s latest offering – the Era 1X Pro – looks unique and carries a decent set of specifications under the hood. The phone is available exclusively on Snapdeal. Is it the best smartphone you can buy at this price? Let’s find out!

We spent ample time with the Xolo Era 1X Pro device and before answering each question we tested the product to its full limit.

Pros

  • 4G VoLTE Support
  • Decent selfie camera
  • compact and elegant
  • Dedicated MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • No fingerprint sensor

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Xolo Era 1X Pro Lite Specifications

Model Xolo Era 1X Pro
Display 5inch, HD
Processor Qual-comm processor
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB (expandable up to 32GB)
Software Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera 8 MP LED flash
Secondary Camera 5MP LED Flash
Battery 2500mAh battery
Others 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack,
Price Rs. 5,777

 

Xolo Era 1X Pro Look and Feel

Question: How is the Xolo Era 1X Pro design?

Answer: The Era 1X Pro has got a kind of unique design, but at the same time, it doesn’t deviate too far from Xolo long standing design ethos.  It has a plastic frame, sharp edges, and a textured finish at the back.

The phone’s front is loaded with a 5-inch HD display and thick bezels. There is also room for a front camera with LED flash, and a capacitive navigation bar that are placed at the top and bottom of the screen, respectively.

Apart from this, we have got a 3.5mm jack and a USB port, placed on the top edge of the phone, and the power rocker buttons and lock screen button, placed on the right edge side of the phone.

Question: How is the Xolo Era 1X Pro build quality?

Answer: The Xolo Era 1X Pro feels quite light in weight, and its textured back finish gives you a better control over your phone. The plastic body is pretty solid that makes it feel durable.

Question: Does the Xolo Era 1X Pro comes with back cover and tempered glass?

Answer: No, but the company does offer a screen-guard that comes packed in the retail box.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro have capacitive navigation buttons below the display?

Answer: Yes, navigation buttons are present below the display though they aren’t back lit.

Question: How is the Xolo Era 1X Pro display?

Answer: The Era 1X Pro sports a 5-inch HD display which supports 720p x 1280 pixel resolution. The screen has good viewing angles and is surrounded by thick bezels. The outdoor visibility isn’t stellar, but that’s an acceptable trade off in this budget.

Question: Does the Xolo Era 1X Pro have the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: Yes, the Xolo Era 1X Pro comes with an adaptive brightness feature which lets your phone to automatically adjust the brightness.

Question: Does the Xolo Era 1X Pro display has Gorilla glass protection?

Answer: No, Xolo doesn’t mention use of Gorilla Glass on the display.

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Xolo Era 1X Pro Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: Out of 16GB internal storage, about 10GB is free for end users.

Question: How much RAM is on the Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer:  2GB of RAM, out of which around 1GB is free at first boot.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro has separate microSD card slot? 

Answer: Yes, the Xolo Era 1X Pro comes with a dedicated microSD card slot which supports up to 32GB of secondary storage.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro support USB OTG?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro have a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: No, but it does feature other security features like the pattern and pin.

Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: The Xolo Era 1X Pro is no powerhouse. It runs on a Spreadtrum quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz along, paired with 2GB of RAM. Once again the performance is decent for the price, but you will have to balance your expectations. This is an entry grade phone meant for basic and first-time users.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro have heating issues?

Answer: It runs cool with generic usage, but gets warm while executing demanding tasks.

Xolo Era 1X Pro Benchmark Scores

Benchmark standards Score
Antutu 24301
Geekbench single core 426
Geekbench Multi core 1177
Quadrant 5164

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Camera

Question: How is the Xolo Era 1X Pro camera quality?

Answer: Before we answer that we need to understand the price at which the phone is being offered. If we look at the camera performance through that lens, then the Era 1X Pro is definitely one of the better options.

For photography, the phone offers an 8MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera. Both sport LED flash, which allows you to click workable images even in low light.

Talking about the image quality – both cameras are good enough to deliver quality images in daylight, but there is a significant shutter lag that adds a lot of noise to the clicked images and affects their clarity.

Question: Can the Xolo Era 1X Pro shoot 4K videos?

Answer: No, it can’t.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: No, you cannot.

Software

Question: How is the software on the Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: Xolo Era 1X Pro comes running on Android Marshmallow OS out of the box. The software seems to be well optimized. It comes with Google Assistant and also supports custom launchers if you miss app drawer.

The phone comes with its fair share of preloaded apps, but the good thing is that you can uninstall most of them. The UI isn’t heavily custiomized and traces of stock software are visible throughout the interface.

Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM cards does Xolo Era 1X Pro support

Answer: It has got micro sim and standard sim card slot.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro support FM radio?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro have IR blaster?

Answer: No, it doesn’t have an IR blaster.

Question: Is Xolo Era 1X Pro Water resistant?

Answer: No, the Era 1X Pro does not feature IP67/68 certification.

Question: How is the call quality on Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: Call quality is good in our area. We haven’t faced any call quality issues so far.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?

Answer: Yes, it supports Jio sim cards, VoLTE on both SIM slots.

Question: How is the Battery backup on Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: The Xolo Era 1X Pro has a mediocre 2500 mAh battery and you can stretch it over a basic to moderate usage day.

Question: Does Xolo Era 1X Pro support fast charging? Is fast charger bundled in the box

Answer: Yes

Question: What are the sensors present on Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: It packs a Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, and Ambient light sensor.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Xolo Era 1X Pro?

Answer: The Xolo Era 1X Pro has got an imposing sound quality

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Xolo Era 1X Pro Review

The Era 1X Pro is an entry grade smartphones for basic users and to that effect it justifies its price. If you are a very basic Android user or are restricted by a budget, you can consider Era 1X Pro as an option.

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