Xolo A500S is one of the best entry level android smartphones in the market at the moment and comes with a price tag of ₹ 6.3k approximately.
Due to its high demand Xolo has launched a newer version of it fitted with IPS display- Xolo A500S IPS. Except the difference in display technology both have same hardware inside.
I know that you are waiting for the review of the A500S IPS but you’ll have to wait for it.
We know that it is selling like a hot cake in the market but we cannot recommend it to you before we give it our full review treatment. People have been deceived by phones like Samsung Galaxy S Duos in the past as it had a very impressive spec sheet but fail to prove its worth in the real world.
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Read this review to find out if the the A500S is really worth the hype that it has created or not.
What does the Retail package come with?
- Handset and battery
- USB cable, USB charger, headphones
- Warranty card and quick start guide
- Screen guard
It has a minimalistic camera UI similar to what we see in many other smartphones with very few customizations. It has separate tabs for general, photo and video settings (check screenshots).
The continuous shot can be configured to capture either 40 or 99 shots in one go.
The images captured by this 5MP snapper are just okay. The colors look natural and detail are also acceptable for a phone at this price point.There is no noise cancelling program in place to keep a check on different types of noises that affect the shots taken in low-lit scenarios.
Low light samples
The quality of recorded video is also okay.
The HD video (720 @30fps) doesn’t stand up to the high-definition standards.
Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:
|Camera start-up time||2.07s|
|Shot to shot time||~1s|
The loudspeaker produces low very low volume. The quality is okay but what good would that be when you can’t your phone in a noisy environment.
The sock music player has other standard features like shuffle, repeat. It has an audio equaliser too.
- mp3- Yes
- aac- Yes
- wma- No
The detail video player supports tap to seek. The seek time is negligible for mp4 videos but more for other formats. It is max for mkv video files.
|Formats supported (480p):
||Resolution Supported (mp4):
In gallery you can sort stuff according to album, time and location.
The low ringtone volume will make you depend upon vibration for attending calls- forget about hearing your phone ring in the traffic.
Looks stunning in blue and red colour.
The A500S is made up of rubberized plastic having a matte finish and is soft to touch. This design became so hit that it even inspired the looks of Xolo Q2000- a phablet.
Back Panel – matte finish with soft touch.
You wouldn’t be able to find minor scratches on the back-panel very easily.
One of the major drawback of this material is that it catches oil from the skin very quickly and those smudges do not go away easily.
Small size of the phone helps in providing a good grip and also makes it fit in jeans pocket easily.
The Xolo A500S runs on the stock android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The interface was smooth and lag free most of the times and capacitive touch buttons at the bottom of the display were very responsive.
It also comes loaded with 6 different themes (see screenshots below) each having different unlocking style.
The A500S is equipped with a 4 inches TFT LCD display having a resolution of 800×480 pixels which brings the pixel density count to 233 ppi.
The display is average in all aspects. It displays images with slightly dull colour representation. The sharpness is also just okay.
Single handed reach- Very easy.
Portrait mode– The typing in this mode is just doable. Nothing impressive.
Landscape mode– It becomes better than the portrait mode mainly due to larger keys and the auto correction.
Gesture/continuous/swipe input– No.
Next word suggestion– Yes.
The browsing experience on this phone is good as we expected it to be. However it takes some time to render the web-pages.
The scrolling works just fine. Pinch-to-zoom and double tap to zoom are other standard features present to make you addicted to the web.
Pre-installed third party browsers– None
The Xolo A500S is good for average users doing regular tasks like music playback, watching movies etc.
It is not designed for heavy multi-tasking and games like Temple Run Oz failed to play smoothly with high graphics settings. Even so, Subway Surfers played just fine.
Here are some timing benchmarks which might come in handy:
Approx. Time (sec)
Apps & Games
- Default Games- None
- Default Apps- Xolo Power, Xolo Care, Xolo Secure, XThemes.
The Xolo A500S gets its power from a 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery which should be able to power up the smartphone for a whole day on light usage.
If you are a careless user and are habitual of forgetting to turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use then Xolo Power can help you conserve a lot of battery power.
- Bluetooth v3.0
- FM Radio
- WiFi Direct and WiFi Hotspot
Final VerdictShould have been louder
The Xolo A500S is an excellent choice if you do not care about the volume that its loudspeaker produces. It does the everyday tasks very well. It also supports all of the popular video formats out of the box.
It could have dominated the price segment of 6-8k INR if it were a little louder but you know, we can’t expect everything from a single phone.
Specifications: Xolo A500S
You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?
|Expandable Memory||Upto 32GB (micro SD card)|
|Display||Type||LCD TFT Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Size||4 inch, 480 x 800 pixels (233.24 ppi)|
|Camera||Primary||5 MP, AF, LED flash
Stills- 2880×1728 pixels
Video- 720p @30fps
|Battery||Capacity||1400 mAh Li-Ion|
|HSPA+||Yes, Down- 21.1 Mbps, Up- 5.76 Mbps|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (with Hotspot and WiFi Direct)|
|Bluetooth||v3.0 (with A2DP)|
|GPS||Yes with A-GPS|
|Dual SIM||Yes (GSM+GSM)|
|Others||Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light|
|Dimension||125 x 63.2 x 8.98mm|
|Weight||~ 121 g|
|Online Price||₹ 6250/-|