Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Xolo 8X-1000 and HIVE UI

In a bid to distinguish itself from various other Android smartphone manufacturers , Indian mobile phone brand Xolo has introduced a brand new software user interface which it calls HIVE 

The user interface is more than just a UI skin and capabilities native apps and solutions that have been designed in-house by Xolo's software program team and freelance artists commissioned by the organization. 

It's essentially a direction taken out by the likes of Xiaomi and Oppo , in order to some extent , HTC and Samsung . To showcase the brand new software interface , Xolo in addition has introduced 8X-1000 , its first octa-core processor-powered smartphone . We obtained an opportunity to experience the phone and also here are our first impressions . 

At first look , the 8X-1000 appears like any other budget Android smart phone . Of course the form is closer to the Sony Xperia school of design compared to to others with its rectangular shape , corners which are not very rounded , straight lines and even a glass back . The company possesses put Corning Gorilla Glass 3 at the back and Asahi Dragontrail glass at the front part , to protect it from scratches and minor damage . 

The phone is on the chunky side( Xolo has not revealed the weight ) and not very thin at 7 .9mm . The right edge sports a volume rocker and power key which offer decent tactile feedback . There are two ejectable trays on both of them right and left edges for the sim cards and the microSD card . 

The front part panel has 3 capacitive , backlit buttons that don't have labelling except for dots , just placed below the display . The back sports Xolo branding and an 8MP rear camera lens , along with an LED flash . As we mentioned , the back has a glass panel attached to some other material ( probably plastic that bears matte finish ) that slightly slides down to join the edges of the phone . 

The bottom edge features two speaker grills . We were not able to play audio files during the hands-on so we'll only be able to comment on the quality of audio output in our detailed review . 

The top edge sports the micro-USB port along with the 3 .5mm headset jack . Overall , Xolo 8X-1000 feels like an excellent budget phone in term of build and also design .

The phone's 5-inch 720p screen looks bright and vivid , and also offers good viewing angles . We were not able to utilize the phone outdoors so it's hard to comment on the sunlight legibility . 

The phone sports activities an 8MP rear camera which includes a Sony lens and a 2MP front-facing one . We'll have a comprehensive look at the digital camera in our full review . We're a little dissatisfied that Xolo has decided to power the cell phone with a low capacity , 1920mAh battery but we'll only be able to measure the battery backup after using the phone for a few days . 

Xolo 8X-1000 runs Android 4 .4 KitKat , the latest version of the OS with its very own HIVE UI interface . Xolo has customised almost all elements of the OS including the app launcher , fast settings toggles , Phone and Contact apps , gallery and mass media apps , among others . 

The cell phone comes with themes store called 'Edge' that offers downloadable designs and other content . The themes change the entire look and feel of the UI including the icons , secure screen and system apps . Xolo in addition has tweaked the app launcher to offer the ability to arrange apps alphabetically , frequency , and time of use . The task switcher requires inspiration from iOS 7's multi-tasking menu and adds a Memory cleaner button similar to Xiaomi's MiUI . 

HIVE features Xolo's Fusion X media player that combines the music player , video monitors and radio into one centralised app . The app comes with last .fm integration to offer artist suggestions . It's an evolved version of the Fusin player we've seen on Lava phones and looks good . 

The Contacts app provides a unified view of message threads and also call logs of every contact and also syncs with Gmail and Facebook . 

Xolo also offers a 'Connect' app that permits you to offer feedback including new ideas to Xolo's software team . This also lets you connect with other Xolo users interested in poviding feedback . 

There are a variety of other UI tweaks that make the interface different from stock Android . In our brief time with the phone , we found the UI to be pleasurable although there were a few rough edges . The UI is not as attractive and elegant as Xiaomi's MiUI . People who want to customize their phones will certainly like it . 

Coming to hardware , the Xolo 8X-1000 is driven by a 1 .4GHz MediaTek octa-core processor and 2GB RAM . In our hands-on time with the phone , we experienced certain minor lag with a couple of themes but other than that navigation was easy . We'll put the cell phone through its paces to let you know if it's worth a buy , in our full review .

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