XOLO’s Windows Phone 8.1 handset could be the lightest smartphone yet

XOLO’s Windows Phone 8.1 handset could be the lightest smartphone yet
Very often, the spec challenge with smartphones has to do with the hardware to make things run faster and run longer. We have seen a race to make faster CPUs, higher resolutions screens, and longer battery life.

The weight of a device plays a role too. Some might argue that it is not as important a feature, but it is still relevant since it can subjectively affect one’s experience with a device, just like screen size or perceived hardware performance.

India’s XOLO is known for making a wide variety of appealing, and affordable, hardware for its home market. A little over a year ago, XOLO touted introducing the “fastest smartphone ever,” with a 2GHz Intel processor behind the Android powered X1000.

XOLO announced plans to make a Windows Phone 8.1 device before the operating system was officially announced by Microsoft. The Times of India is reporting that not only will this new Windows Phone be reasonably affordable at roughly ₹12,000 ($200), but it will also be very light, under 100 grams (just 3.5 ounces). The device will also have a 4.7-inch screen and will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor.

By way of comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini tips the scales at a feathery 107 grams (3.7 ounces). That is with a 4.3-inch screen and 1900mAh battery. One can glean then that XOLO will have to keep things very lean, and possibly keep the battery on the smallish side. That also means that this Windows Phone will probably be quite thin, though there is a point where things can get too thin to comfortably hold and operate.

So how about that? Do you favor an ultra-light design? As battery life and performance has typically been a primary concern for many manufacturers, is device weight a big deal to you too?

source: The Times of India



1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Hey that's the same weight as my Xperia Ray!

2. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

The device has not been announced,, may be it would be more lighter

3. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I have personally used XOLO Q1000 ,,, and to be truth i was not confident it with either,,, i just brought to use it for sometime and then gift it to my gf,,, but i was amazed with bug free software,, phone worked flawlessly how much time i had it,,,, but the more i was amazed when XOLO announced KITKAT update for it ,, i wasn't expecting it from a underdog

4. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

So what is so great about this? Doesnt Nokia already have Quadcore Snapdragon 400 and 800 processors in their mobiles?

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Well...we are talking about lightest smartphonE here.

11. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

and at a very low price

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Being an Indian, you should be ashamed of you saying ''what's great about this'' when an Indian company is innovating. I loathe Indians like you.

16. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Ummm. Which part of this mobile did an Indian company innovate?

6. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Still will not sell.

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

They are selling more than ever before.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'll take battery life over thinness any day. Around 10mm is thin enough for me...

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

10mm is laptop thickness.

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

bring them to the states please.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Btw Micromax announced 2 new Windows Phone devices.

12. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

"The weight of a device plays a role too. Some might argue that it is not as important a feature" Actually, I've wanted to argue for some time that it's an important and overlooked feature. I like my phone light when holding it in one hand to read.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Just get ready to see WP everywhere.. Just get ready.

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