Xolo has been teasing their custom UI for quiet some time now and finally the wait is over, the company has launched, Xolo 8X-1000 their first Smartphone running on Hive UI. Priced at Rs. 13,999 , the octo-core processor powered smartphone will be available from next week.
Let’s start with the customary technicals of the device first. The Xolo 8X-1000 comes with a 5-ich HD display ( 1280 x 720 pixel resolution along with 294 ppi ) in a dual-glass body casing. In a first, ASAHI Dragontrail glass in front and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 at the back gives the phone a premium look and finish. The internals include a 1.4GHz MediaTek Octa-core processor paired with a 2GB of RAM and a Mali 450-MP4 GPU. The internal storage include 16GB and an option to expand it further by 32GB via microSD card.
The camera set up include an 8-megapixel rear camera with Exmor R sensor and f/2.0 , 1.4 micron pixel aperture and has a LED flash with autofocus, the front is equipped with a 2-megapixel front camera. There are an list of camera features like Scene detection & tuning, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Low Light enhancement, Face recognition( For focussing as well as in Gallery), Vertical & Horizontal Panorama capture, Geo tagging, Face beautification, Smile Detection, Gesture Detection, Voice Capture, Object Tracking & Live Filters.
The dual-SIM smartphone’s connectivity options include 3G, Bluetooth4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, WiFi Direct. A 1920mAh battery is slapped inside and the device measures 7.9 mm in thickness.
The main highlight and talking point of course is the HIVE UI which the company claims took one year to develop. The flat and minimalistic UI has an array of features including own theme library, Connect Platform that allows the users to interact with the company’s developers to give feedback and request new features, Fusion X combines music, video and radio into one centralized zone, Hive launcher and Chameleon widget etc. Another feature named Edge is a platform for designers to create and share themes, wallpapers, and ringtones for users. Xolo would be hoping the new theme would bring in a fan following for the UI and try to replicate the success of Xiaomi.