While the name of its maker may not be familiar to many around here, the Xolo Era 4G is an LTE-enabled smartphone that will certainly appeal to many budget buyers. The device offers durable construction, a sizeable HD IPS display, a quad-core processor and access to the latest Android software.
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Design and Display
Just as would be expected of a dirt-cheap smartphone like it, the Xolo Era 4G sports a plastic chassis. It is not overly appealing in terms of look, but it is built to withstand rugged use. The phone is protected on the front by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass.
The 5-inch IPS display is impressive for a device this cheap – just as is the HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. A 294ppi pixel density should make wide viewing angles decently impressive.
Camera and Storage
The Xolo Era 4G is fitted with a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper with flash and HDR support. The camera supports Full HD (1080p) video recording, according to Xolo. The Indian phone maker also provided a 2-megapixel sensor on the front for selfie takers.
Onboard storage capacity is put at 8 GB, with this being extendable by another 32 GB using a microSD card.
Performance and Operating System
Task execution will be seen to by a quad-core Spreadtrum SC9830A processor with ARM Cortex-A7 cores. The CPU is paired with a Mali 400 MP2 GPU and 1 GB of RAM.
Judging by this configuration, the Xolo Era 4G will deliver a level of performance that will mostly satisfy entry-level users.
It will boot Android 5.1 Lollipop software, which its manufacturer says will be upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This offers a highly pocket-friendly means of having a device running the latest version of the Google OS.
Power will be provided to the Era 4G by a 2,500mAh removable battery, which Xolo says will support about 13 and half hours of talk time.
And as its name suggests, the dual-SIM phone supports ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0, 3G HSPA+, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot support are also onboard for your wireless connectivity needs.
Pricing and Availability
Xolo Era 4G is not yet available in Nigeria. When available, you can buy it at leading online stores in the country. Xolo Era 4G Price in Nigeria is expected to range from N17,000 to N25,000 depending on your location in Nigeria.
Xolo Era 4G Specs
Here are a few specs of the Xolo Era 4G:
- Platform: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
- Processor: ARM Cortex-A7, Quad-core 1.5 GHz (Spreadtrum SC9830A)
- GPU: ARM Mali-400 MP2
- Memory: 1GB RAM
- Colours: Black
- Dimension: 145.5 x 72 x 8.45 mm
- Weight: 142 g
- SIM Type: –
- SIM Count: Dual SIM
- Display: 5-inch Touch Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi)
- Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
- Rear Camera: 5MP Camera, Video 720p @30fps
- Rear Camera Features: Autofocus,Dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR, 5-element lens
- Front Camera: 2MP Camera
- Built-in Storage: 8GB
- Memory Card Support: MicroSD
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes, up to 42.2 Mbps
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes, up to 150 Mbps
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes USB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
- Video Player: Xvid/MP4/H.264 player
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Maps: –
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: No
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: No
- SpO2: No
- Pedometer: No
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: No
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: No
- Battery: Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery (Removable)
- Talktime: Up to 10 hours
- Standby Time: Up to 329 hours