Xolo accepted to be a hot smartphone brand until a few years ago. With Xiaomi disrupting the budget smartphone space and newer players like Realme and Honor coming in, Xolo and similar other domestic players disappeared from the market. The company, but, hasn’t given up yet.
Its latest offering is Xolo ZX, a sub Rs 15,000 phone set to take on the likes of Redmi Note 7S and Realme 3 Pro among others. Among 500 nits brightness, the Xolo ZX aims to deliver a richer experience. The display does a tolerably fine job at this but it also comes with an older notch format which can be a bit bewildering at times.
On the back, it has a cool glossy finish with a dual rear camera setup on the right top corner and a pill-shaped fingerprint sensor at the center. Xolo ZX bets are big on the design as it comes with a 6.22-inch large screen with an HD+ recommendation.
The reflective design reminds you of the premium design granted by the contestants, especially Realme. Along with good looks, the phone feels amazingly light. Xolo ZX also excels in the camera department. No, it doesn’t have the popular 48-megapixel rear camera.
The camera delivers decent results in daylight situations. Most of the shots from Xolo ZX are rich in detail The fact is other than Xiaomi, no other brand is striving for 48-megapixel cameras in the budget segment. The dual rear camera on Xolo ZX features 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors.
Lowlight photos are quite disappointing though. Related over Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 Pro, Xolo ZX camera doesn’t win the race. For selfie supporters, there are a bunch of modes – inspired by Apple iPhone X’s studio lighting. Xolo ZX is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 processor which is a fine processor for this price segment.
Coupled with up to 6GB of RAM, Xolo ZX delivers fine performance. As expected, it does get pushed to limits when trying to play graphics intensive games. There’s a visible frame drop. But if you’re not a power user, Xolo ZX is good enough for you. The 3,260mAh battery delivers almost day-long backup on light usage. On medium to heavy usage, the battery backup declines.
Xolo ZX is a fine smartphone as it checks all the cases for a budget phone. At Rs 10,999 (base model), it struggles with the likes of Redmi Note 7S and Realme 3 Pro which offer better camera experience and overall performance
- Brand: Xolo
- Product: Xolo ZX
- Key specifications: MediaTek Helio P22, Android Oreo, 6.22-inch HD+ display, 13MP+5MP camera,16MP selfie camera,3260mAh battery, fingerprint sensor.
- Price: Rs 10,999 (4GB, 64GB)
- Rating: 3/5