Lava Xolo A700 packs in lots of good features at a great price and is worth a lookby Ravi Sinha, on 17 Dec. 2012
One of the more interesting products to come along in a long-time was the Lava-manufactured XOLO X900. The device itself was most intriguing because it featured an Intel CPU, the first smartphone to do so - and it delivered some pretty good performance. Now, all the excitement and promise seems to have left the processor, as very few devices are available that feature it. Lava decided to follow up on the XOLO line with the A700, but it's not what you think. The design looks more like a mainstream smartphone, with curved corners and capacitative buttons. It's still somewhat sleek, with silver edges and a plastic back panel, and weighs a wonderfully light 115 grams while measuring 0.36 inches thick. Build quality is decent, as to be expected from Lava, but try to avoid accidents with the device as much as possible.
Here's where things really diverge from the X900. The XOLO A700 features a dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MT6577, which is essentially a Cortex A9 and a PowerVR Series 5 SGX GPU running together. This is coupled with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot promising up to 32 GB more space. In terms of performance, it runs decently, but forget about the wonderful speeds that the Intel CPUs provided. Thankfully, it's more than capable of handling Ice Cream Sandwich, and definitely pushes itself better than most other budget smartphones, aside from HTC and Sony. The 4.5 inch, 960x540 resolution IPS display looks good, with adequate levels of brightness and decent viewing angles. But for this price, honestly, it only looks as good as its nearest competitor - which is a shame, since the X900, despite being priced twice as high, featured a better display than others it's range. Connectivity is assured via 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, though the surfing experience itself is average. The 5 megapixel camera features an LED flash and autofocus and works fine. It won't be taking the best pictures, but for average users, it’ll do. Battery life is perplexing, as the device drains fairly quickly when using 3G. You'll probably net about 5-7 hours with varying use, but when compared to other devices, it's quite underwhelming. As stated, Android ICS runs well and navigating through the interface was quick and seamless. It's the stock build which should no doubt please fans.
Good value for money
Decent array of technology
4.5 inch display with qHD resolution
Stock build of Ice Cream Sandwich
Good, lightweight design
Low battery life
Build quality is rather iffy
Lack of Intel CPU compromises its uniqueness
Average 5 megapixel camera
It’s obvious that Lava wanted to make some money off the XOLO name with the A700, going so far as to drop the Intel processor entirely. This isn’t bad but seems like a step backwards. Regardless, the A700 packs in lots of good features at a great price and is worth a look.