This year could mark an era in the smartphone arena as there are several noteworthy revolutions going on across the world. Nowadays, every vendor accessory or peripheral vendor in India want to update their current product portfolio with a budget smartphone packing impressive specifications.
One such manufacturer, Lava International is highly focused in launching a variety of budget and mid-range offerings in India. Basically, the company has been concentrating on affordable handsets as such offerings are a welcome in the country with budget conscious consumers.
Well, last week, Lava was in the tech headlines as a Xolo smartphone dubbed as Xolo B700 was spotted online at Rs 8,999. Now, Lava has officially launched Xolo B700 in the country at the same price tag of Rs 8,999. Some consumers might wonder what is so special in a smartphone in the sub Rs 10,000 price range, a segment of the market that is already haunted by several vendors.
Besides the low price of Xolo B700, there is a great highlight as the smartphone is equipped with a powerful 3,450 mAh battery. Such powerful batteries are usually included only in high-end handsets and Xolo B700 could be considered as the first budget smartphone to incorporate one.
Specwise, Xolo B700 houses a 4.3 inch qHD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a pixel density of 256 ppi, 1GHz dual core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera for video calling, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and a 3,450 mAh battery with 20 hours talk time and 363 hours standby on 3G.
Despite being flavored by Android ICS platform, the solid battery life of 20 hours on 3G is quite impressive and it could make Xolo B700 a pretty impressive offering for those who like to use smartphones with increased backup in order to avoid frequent charging.
By launching Xolo B700 at Rs 8,999, Lava would surely get into a direct rivalry with the other companies that also have smartphones in the similar price range. However, as the battery life is a positive on Xolo B700, below is a Gizbot slideshow that shows three smartphones in the similar price bracket and lean battery spec. Hence, it is definite that these smartphones will face trouble with the launch of the power packed Xolo B700. Have a look at them.
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When it comes to the Karbonn's mid-range dual SIM offering -A21, the handset has a 4.5 inch multi-touch capacitive display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Scorpion processor, GPU under its hood, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP camera front camera, 4GB internal storage, 512MB, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with aGPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and 1,800 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 5 hours talk time and 200 hours standby.
Priced at Rs 11,990, Karbonn A21 is available online at Rs 8,650, thereby falling in the same price range as Xolo B700.
Intex Aqua Flash
In January, Intex launched Aqua Flash at Rs 8,499. The handset also based on Android ICS comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1GHz dual core processor, 3.2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Though Intex Aqua Flash is priced slightly lower than the Xolo B700, the latter has better specifications and the powerful battery. Hence, Intex Aqua Flash will be under threat with the launch of the Lava smartphone.
Salora PowerMaxx Z1
Salora is a tech firm with a well renowned named for the television models. In January, the company launched a powerful smartphone - PowerMaxx Z1, which has also received the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade.
PowerMaxx Z1 comes with a 4.5 inch IPS LCD qHD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and Zero Air Gap technology, 1.3MP front facing camera, 8MP rear camera, 1GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and a 3,200 mAh battery offering 430 hours talk time.
Priced at Rs 9,890, the handset could be a stiff competitor to Xolo B700 as it comes equipped with a similar high power battery offering a long standby.