The XOLO A500S is upgraded version of XOLO A500. The A500S is powered by a dual core processor, supports dual SIM and sails on Android 4.2 with 512 MB RAM. This handset is priced at under Rs. 7,000.

A500S box pack
This handset is available in different colors, blue, red, white and black. Only the black version is currently available in the market. Inside the box you will find the A500S, charger, battery of 1400 mAh capacity, earphone, data cable, warranty card and user guide.

Design and Display
The build quality is very good, handset is light weight at 122 grams and slim too with 9.31 mm thickness. The breadth is 63.37 mm and length is 125.16 mm. The XOLO A500S has got a unique premium look – check the video review.

Power button is placed on the right, volume rockers on the left, 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB ports on the top. The rear back cover is of matte finish with good grip.

XOLO A500S box pack

The TFT touchscreen is with 800×480 pixels resolution (16M colors). The touch is smooth and responsive, but seems kind of sticky; use the screen guard and experience will be smoother. The viewing angle is okay. There are accelerometer, light and proximity sensors.

Memory, storage and OS
The handset comes with 512 MB RAM of which 237 MB is available (free) and of the 4GB internal storage 1.27 GB is assigned for apps and another 1.27 GB as phone storage. Micro SD card of up to 32 GB is supported. You can install apps on external storage. OTG is not supported. The A500S runs on Android 4.2.2 OS.

XOLO A500S review

Performance
It’s a dual SIM handset powered by 1.3GHz dual core processor (Cortex A7) MT6572W coupled with Mali 400 MP GPU. The GPU seems powerful. We will now compare the benchmark score with XOLO A500.

Benchmark scores (XOLO A500 V/s XOLO A500S)

XOLO A500 XOLO A500S
Quadrant Benchmark 2490 3393
Antutu Benchmark 6022 1st run 8254 / 2nd run 8477
Vellamo HTML5 (1670), Metal (508)
Nenamark2 27.0 fps 41.2 fps
Multi Touch 2 point 2 point.

As seen in the table above the XOLO A500S performance is better than A500 and there is hardly any price difference.

Camera and Entertainment
Just like its predecessor the A500S also comes with 5MP fixed focus camera. The box pack says 5MP AF (Auto Focus), however do note that this is not an auto focus camera. It is fixed focus. If you tap the screen to focus it just shows the rectangle and beeps and really doesn’t do anything. And since it is a fixed focus camera, do not expect too much out of it. The LED flash is also not that powerful. You can check the sample images at the end of this review. However the long shot still images does look good.

You can record HD (720p) videos. The output is good enough considering the price tag. You can play full HD videos (1080p) using the MX player. The video playback quality is quite good (no pixilation). You can play full HD in H/W (Hardware mode only) and really no good in S/W (software mode).

Gaming
With Mali 400 GPU, users would be expecting much more out of it. I tried the MC4 (Modern combat 4) game that surprisingly did work, though not really smooth, but playable. Even Dead Trigger was a bit jerky but cannot complain much considering the budget tag.

Others
Sound loudness is at a decent level. 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked well. I could not get the GPS lock for the first time. I then download the GPS test app and got the lock in 70 seconds.

Battery
The battery is of 1400 mAh capacity with over 7 hours of talktime. The handset comes pre-loaded with XOLO Power app for optimal battery performance. With moderate usage the handset should last for over a day on a full battery charge.

XOLO A500S 1400 mAh battery

Verdict
It is definitely a better option than the XOLO A500. The price is too tempting, the performance is good. Fixed focus camera is good when used outdoor. It can record HD videos and play full HD videos. Cannot really recommend this for gaming users but some heavy games are playable which is good enough for the price.

If you have a tight budget and looking for a handset with premium look, is light weight, with decent performance, then… this is it.

A500S image gallery

Sample images shot using A500S handset

Xolo A500S unboxing, review and Gaming video

HD video shot using the A500S handset

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Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. I have this mobile from March 2014 til now. All the features are excellent axccept flash because the flash is too poor and the quality of picture neither good nor bad.

  2. While I put this device on the table or any surface, touch seems very difficult and hard then need to take in palm. Anybody facing such prob????

  3. 1 xolo a500s
    2 Lava iris 405+
    3 karbonn a12+
    4 micromax canvas fun a74
    5 geonee p2
    in the above order which is the best one.
    i needs hd gaming smoothly and store apps to external memory card,Good battery backup, perfomance is speed and fast(better in multi tasking),min. 6month use without any complaints.
    thnx in advnc.

  4. Very good phone given the price. Only thing is that if manufactures could put a powerful battery in it would have been a great phone

  5. Is this xolo a500s ips supports otg(usb on the go), Please reply as i am going to buy this phone. Thank you

  6. I m satisfied with the apps &other status of xolo a 500s .I have purchased this mobile but i m unable to get the filp cover of this mobile .so pls direct me wht to do

  7. I have orderd a new XOLO A500s from amazon.in
    IMEI=911328852793614
    i am not satisfied with this phone the sound quality in Speaker and Earphone is not better and Camera is no good in Low light. It looks like Android Ice Cream Sandwich but in about the phone there is Android 4.2.2 why?

  8. ITs music player su**s.i tried to listen music in diffident types of music app ..but its not clear music ..

  9. Dear Gogi sir, I am planning to buy a smartphone in the price range of 7000 rupees. I have zeroed on Xolo A500s, Micromax canvas A74 but I am confused which one would be better. I am not tech savvy and I use phone for conversations, texting(not mms), and checking mail twice a day. Once in a while would like to go through a PPT since I am in teaching profession. I am very much concerned with battery backup. Please suggest me the best one out of the above mentioned 2.

  10. Battery sucks……….
    it would be great if battery might be of 2000 mAh…
    in ear call sound is a bit low….
    rest all is great …..

  11. HEY GUYZ, im confused in micromax canvas fun a74 midnight black and xoloa500?
    can any body suggest?
    and evrybody is speking aabout mic of xolo..what’s that? is that a prob?
    thank you

  12. Hi Gogi,

    Your are doing awesome job. It’s Great!

    can you write review of A500S IPS?

    This phone looks good to me. can you tell me how good is the sound clarity in the earpieces (can you try some premium quality buds like JBL, samsung grand’s earpieces etc.) ? I read that the earpieces provided with the phone is basic (which is fine per budget) but really interested to know real potential.

    Can you also check it’s call quality?

    Thanks
    Tarun

    1. Thanks Tarun, I hope you have checked this review of A500S. The A500S IPS is the same, only difference is the IPS screen, moreover if you are planning to buy then go for IPS version as price is also near about the same.

  13. well i was reading the review on gsm arena, and somebody said the mic was bad is it true????? coz i know there are some defected pieces as well but is it a problem in whole?? i was buying samsung galaxy s duos from flipkart and aftr looking at this i am changing my mind…

  14. what about its mic ?? is it good, clear and loud enough for the other person to hear me??? please reply ASAP!!!! waiting for your reply

    1. i believe you can try spice coolpad 2 mi-496.. Its a quad core handset with a 1 GB ram.. The website it has 3g, so it seems a good buy for 6k

  15. Hi Gogi,
    Hope you are doing good. I actually want to buy a budget android phone, within 7K.
    The XOLO A500S seemed to be perfect for the case. Still I want to know, if you can suggest any other better options.
    I found the Panasonic T11 to be interesting, and I shall go for it if you give a green signal. I am getting it @ 8100 INR from Indiatimes.
    Eagerly waiting for your response.

    Regards,
    Ronit

  16. its a vry gud fone. i got it at 6500. i am amazed with the performance. it can play video upto 1920 resolution in mx wid minor lag nd 1080 wid ease. camera is pretty gud. screen is just too gud becoz its next version xolo a 500s ips..

  17. Hi gogi sir,
    i hace purchased the this phone recently but it has less ear volume i cannot able to hear the callers voice properly pls help me out..

  18. I have xolo a500s mob In this set xolo secure is not working So book a complain on 14th oct and Comp no 31000012714 More than 21days compete but my mob is not received till yet.
    Expected time from your organaigtion is highly 10 days
    It is a comman problem
    Very poor responce from secive center

    So pls care fully

  19. The audio quality is pathetic lacking any warm bass, sounds like a chinese phone. The camera is nothing to boast off and flash is better as a torch. There’s no advanced developer options available except of usb debugging. If you’re a music lover then don’t buy this phone. I’ve heard better quality in Rs4k phones. No battery issues. It’s been more than 24 hours with light WiFi browsing and calling and I’m still left with 40% battery. Charging is pretty slow if you’re trying to charge from computers’ USB. The strong point is the MALI 400 gpu power which is pretty decent to run a lot of games and finished build quality giving the phone a premium look. The other better option is ‘Intex Cloud Y2’ do compare it before buying this phone.

  20. Hello gogi sir i have bought xolo a500s after watching your unboxing video but my phone has one miner issue i.e low mic volume. but after read review i saw most of the people has same issue. but i find solution for this. I have change setting of engineering mode in my xolo a500s and i use xolo q800 settings for normal mode and handset mode in xolo a500s but set the mic vol at max i.e 255 and my phone work very well I request to you that use this trick by yourself and make video and upload and help people that use phone at low mic vol thanks a lot gogi sir.

    1. Hi pankaj, can you please share the step by step setting to make changes in xolo500S for mic level?

  21. gogi sir, i plan to buy xoloa500s many user review in gsmarena says it has mic problem,is it true?did u face any mic problem?please help me sir?waiting for your rply… 🙁

    1. my xolo a500s review for voice call quality, mic volume and battery backup

      Hi All, I bought xolo a500s from indiatimes for Rs 5606 last week. this phone is stylish and smooth performer for its price. but first thing i checked was the call clarity. the mic volume is actually low and I have to speak loud enough so that other person can hear me :(. I can still compromise on this but this phone ‘s real drawback is its battery. its taking hours to get charged up. I charged it for 3 hrs and charge status is still 60 percent. battery backup is again poor. the 60percent charged battery gave me just 2.5 hours of backup of normal use. its battery is a dead brick. Guys avoid this phone pls till they improve on the battery.

  22. I have a issue sir gogi i have this phone xolo a500s it is decent but i have a problem with the google voice search for jellybean(14mb) that speaks only two words and stops speaking i have factory rested the phone installed and uninstalled the app twice could u tell me a fix sir your gadgets expert.the app for xolo a500s please email me sir.

  23. Guys
    please suggest me a good headset in this phone, b’coz this phone audio quality is very poor……..

    1. when u get calls , ru able to here properly please let me know ,how can i increase the volumn in it

  24. gogi bro , i m confused among XOLO A500 S , spice steller glamour MI 436 and intex cloud Y2….plz tell me which one is better?

  25. gogi sir i want to buy a mobile but i am confused between xolo a500s, xolo q600,
    micromax fun a74 & micromax fun a76. please tell me which one to buy.
    is xolo better than micromax?? also consider after sale sevice and quality in your answer

  26. Hi.. gogi! Can you please tell whether LED LIGHT NOTIFICATION works fine with this mobile?

  27. Gogi bro I am really confused with xolo a500s@rs6175 and spice mi 436 @rs5789 please suggest me the best b/w them ?

    1. Dated 8/10/2013
      xolo A500S at Rs 5262/- at indiatimes shopping

      Mobile Price Rs 5912 and after entering discount coupon (ie:- DIWALIPROMO) Discount Rs 650/-

  28. small suggestion, when ur reviwing device, please also consider signal strength, audio quality like mic etc…Because most of the xolo a500s users complain on these aspects, Im sure you wouldnt have given 4 stars, if ur reviewpiece had these problems/ noticed it.

    1. Murali, I do check the audio quality, signal strength but it also depends on network that you use. I am using Airtel and of recently there has been a lot of issue with network quality / sound and I am using Note 2.