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					Intel's Xolo X900 by Lava hands-on




Before you even notice the Xolo's design, your eyes (should you be an Android purist)
will be immediately struck by the stock Android 2.3 UI. Indeed, in this cluttered age of
OEM skins, we're clearly unused to seeing the OS ushered in by the Nexus S. It's a
refreshing change of step and one we heavily clamor for. Still, we understand that the
mobile industry needs to keep pushing things forward and to Intel's credit, the Xolo has
been running ICS just fine -- it's actually up to the OEMs to push that update when
they're ready.

Belying its angular design is the device's surprising lightness and that's in part to the mix
of materials at use. The back of the phone is a smooth, matte plastic case that peels away
to reveal the 1,460mAh battery and microSD slot -- here loaded up with a 2GB card. That
amount of juice may not seem like much, but according to the company's claims, it's rated
to last up to 14 days on standby, six hours with continuous 1080p video viewing and
eighth hours for talk. Wondering how the chipmaker engineered that feat? Thanks to a
proprietary power management system that's integrated into the microprocessors, the
phone is able to step down the use of its charge, essentially isolating processes and even
going so far as entering a sleep state when the screen is powered off.

Let's get back to the build, though. On the front face, there's a chrome trim bordering the
1024 x 600 LCD display and a 3 megapixel camera residing up top, while four capacitive
keys stretch across the base. A sleek power button is located up top, followed by a
dedicated camera key (no double detente, here) sits on the lower right with volume
controls occupying the opposite side. There's also ports for HDMI out and covered micro
SIM slot along the edge. Around back, you'll find the usual Intel Inside logo reassuring
consumers and accompanied by an 8 megapixel shooter with single LED flash above.

In regard to customizations, one area where Intel's really made some interesting tweaks to
an otherwise plain affair is the camera app, itself. Using the company's burst shot mode, a
series of ten successive pics can be snapped automatically at 15fps. Video playback is
also refreshingly instantaneous, as a sample we watched not only loaded briskly, but
required minimal buffer time when jumping back and forth to different timestamps.

The Medfield Z2460 CPU, clocked at 1.6GHz, is admittedly only single-core, but,
regardless, performance continues to keep pace with finger swipes, loading applications
fluidly, if not always speedily. For what it's worth, Intel is prepared to offer a higher
2GHz version of the chip, but again, the decision to ship with that onboard lies with the
OEMs. You can really see the company's baby work its magic when games, bolstered by
the 400MHz GPU, load up on the device. In the snowboarding demo we witnessed, frame
rate ranged between 60 to 80fps.

As it stands, you'll have to make a trip to India to snag this handset when it launches in
Q2 of this year on Aircel and Airtel. In the meantime, let's hope that Intel's along with a
willing OEM are cooking something up for us statesiders.

Sean Cooper and Mat Smith contributed to this post

				
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