Xolo Omega 5.0: A Strong Sub-INR10000 Smartphone


Indian smartphone brand Xolo has once again targeted the low mid-range smartphone demand, with the new Xolo Omega 5.0 priced at an amazing low price. See if it is able to stand up to our quality standards or not even with this low pricing.

Indian smartphone brand Xolo has been targeting the low mid-range smartphone demand, which is a large market at the moment, with a number of models that included impressive features like a custom Android UI and great gaming performance for an unbelievably low price of Rs.8,999. The new Xolo Omega 5.0 is an even more competitively priced, sub-10000 smartphone that nevertheless comes with some appealing specs.

Design and feel


In appearance the Omega 5.0 is unremarkable, not very different from a standard utilitarian Android phone with a mostly black plastic body and a metallic trim around the sides. The volume and power buttons are on this trim on either side of the phone. At the top are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Micro USB port. A large silver Xolo design along with the earpiece is at the top front end. The front also has three silver navigational buttons that are not backlit but can be seen in low light. A smooth plastic rear cover, a protruding camera lens, a microSD card slot and 2 sim card slots complete the body. There is no access to the battery, which may be a problem for some. The phone is easy to hold with a curved back, though the body is a little bulky suggesting utility was the focus rather than style.

Software and specs


The Omega 5.0 comes with an eight core processor by MediaTek (MT6592M) at 1.4GHz, the one that is also used in the Xiaomi Redmi Note. The inclusion of 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage space and a 2100mAh battery are unsurprising for the price range. Connectivity is offered via Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi, while camera specs include an 8MP rear camera that takes 1080p video and a 2MP front camera. The screen is a 5 inch panel at 720X1280 with 294ppi pixel density, offering adequately sharp picture quality and readable text size. The Hive UI that was in the 8X-1000 comes with the same appearances in the Omega 5.0, with the same preloaded apps such as FusionX, Xolo Power, Secure and Connect etc.

Performance


The eight core processor manages to pack a punch for the price range. This was especially evident when compared with the Redmi Note, that came out (with limited availability) around the same time and in the same price range. The Omega 5.0 fared more or less the same as the Xiaomi Redmi Note on several tests, and surpassed the Redmi when it came to graphics. It handles basic tasks reasonably well, and the sound is good. The camera is not perfect – background objects are not very clear, there is too much noise in photos, and HD videos are not very impressive. But closeups show decent detailing. To make up for the less than perfect camera, the battery life is more than adequate. The phone is tested and has been found to be able to play video for more than 9 hours on a single charge.

The Verdict


The Xolo is a solid smartphone in the sub-INR10000 category. It may not be as attractive as its contemporaries, but it is big on performance and utility, so appearances are not likely to count much. The phone size is a balance between portability and screen size. As long as you're not looking for a good camera on your phone, the Xolo Omega 5.0 can hold its own with any other smartphone in its category.


Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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