The next generation of mobile connectivity, 4G, has been gaining momentum with many areas getting access to the newer, faster network. However, the phones that have been released in the Indian market are all high-end, flagship devices that make the blistering speeds of 4G networks inaccessible to the masses.
With the growing momentum, mid-ranged, and therefore affordable, devices have been making their way into stores among which the Nokia Lumia 625 and the HTC 601 are notable names.
It was only a matter of time before our domestic manufacturers built their own device offering good specifications with an attractive price tag. This time it’s Lava’s Xolo LT900 that hopes to catch the eye of the value-for-money shopper.
Design and Display
Xolo phones have always been simplistically designed devices that aim for functional form rather than flashy accessory. This ethos continues with the LT900 as well. The phone is constructed with polycarbonate and also comes with a one-glass solution display or in simpler terms, the front consists of glass. The device features a 4.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution output of 720×1280 pixels and a pixel density of 342 ppi. So, with the Xolo LT900 consumers can expect to get a well-designed handset that has a good 720p display and isn’t excessively large that it doesn’t fit in the front jeans pocket.
Hardware and Software
Let’s tackle the special feature first. The Xolo LT900 comes with TDD-LTE built-in, which means that with a 4G LTE network connection, the user will be able to make use of up to 68MBps download speeds. You’re probably wondering what the ‘TDD’ stands for. TDD refers to Time Division Duplex and what this means for the consumer is that more data is directed from the cell tower to the phone rather than the other way around, which results in higher internet speeds.
The Xolo LT900 has been fitted with a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with an Adreno 225 doing the graphical legwork. For memory, there is 8GB internal memory with a microSD expansion slot supporting cards up to 32GB as well as 1GB RAM. The device is powered by a 1810mAh battery, which for a smartphone with 4G capability might prove to be a downside due to the low capacity of the battery.
The Xolo LT900 continues the trend of high megapixel cameras in budget devices with its 8MP rear camera and 1MP front camera. The rear camera comes with a dual LED flash and is capable of recording videos at 1080p while the front camera will get you 720p recordings.
On the software side, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes preloaded and much like previous Xolo devices, the software will be the stock Android version without any of the UI overlays offered by other manufacturers. So what you get is a nice smooth user experience, which will also receive future updates.
Is it worth considering?
The 4G network, at present, is not as widespread as the pre-exiting networks but the potential to gain access to the network through a phone that is both affordable and does what it intends to then the Xolo LT900 is a phone worth considering. The other phones that fit this category, i.e. the Nokia Lumia 625 and the HTC Desire 601, are slightly more expensive than the Xolo LT900 and for this reason the Xolo provides a better value-for-money proposition.
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