The Xolo A700 is powered by a MTK6577 dual core processor with 512MB RAM and 4.5 inch qHD display. The handset comes with a 5MP rear camera, a front camera and supports dual SIM.
The A700 Box pack
Inside the box there is the A700 model in pure black colour with silver sides, USB to Micro USB cable, power adapter, earphone, warranty booklet and user manual.
The handset definitely looks much better and slimmer than the Micromax A110. The handset is 9.1mm thick. The front side has got 3 touch sensitive buttons, in call speaker, sensors and front camera. The rear side is black colour with matt finishing and comfortable to hold.
The power button is on the right and volume rockers on the left. There is one more button (the camera button) on the left side just below the volume rockers. You need to press and hold the camera button for few seconds to launch the camera app, you can also use it for clicking photos.
Inside the hood
I will make this quick – it’s the same hardware MTK6577 + PowerVR SGX 531 GPU as seen on many other handsets like Xolo A800, Micromax A110, Lava Iris 501 and many more. The Xolo A700 supports dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm jack and micro USB port. The handset sails on the Android 4.0 (ICS) OS.
The display screen is 4.5 inches with 960×540 pixels resolution (16M colours). There is a 5MP rear camera capable of shooting videos in 720p resolution and a front 0.3MP camera for video calling. The handset weighs about 115 grams.
The Lava A700 comes with accelerometer, proximity and light sensors. There is no magnetic sensor. A 1700 mAh battery powers the handset with 3 hours talkime over 3G network and 288 hours standby time on 3G network. If you are using only the 2G network then you get 6 hours talktime and 425 hours standby time.
- RAM is 512MB of which 223MB is free.
- There is 4GB internal storage of which 503 MB is allocated for apps (467MB free) and 2GB as internal storage, similar to as seen on A110 and A800.
- There is micro SD slot for adding additional storage of up to 32GB.
I did not find any issues with the handset. The touch is smooth and responsive. The apps load faster, no lags and text rendering is pretty smooth. The image quality is really good thanks to smaller screen and higher resolution. Viewing angle is good. The sound is loud and clear. In call sound is also good enough.
- Quadrant Benchmark: 2747.
- Anutu Benchmark: 6333.
- Nenamark2: 23.6 fps.
- Linpack : Single 36 , Multi 55.
- Multi Touch : 5 Point.
The auto focus 5MP camera captures decent shots. The indoor shots are not that good – it is the case with many handsets. You can record videos in 720p resolution. But I found that the auto focus was not working in 720p video mode and had to tap the screen to focus the subject. You can check the sample video at the end of the article.
Do check the sample still images shot using the A700’s 5MP camera here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/gogirana/sets/72157632609070464/
The sound quality is good. You can play 720p videos – 1080p videos not supported. The sound output is better via earphones of a good quality better than what you get with MMX A110.
The handset comes with 1700 mAh battery. I did not get enough time to check the battery. But the battery drop was decent while I was doing the review / benchmarks. It should last for over a day with moderate usage. The handset does get heated up a bit when used continuously for some time.
Xolo A700 review
It is a good alternative for users who are not comfortable with a 5inch phone and looking for something like the MMX A110. The Xolo A700 is with the same hardware a smaller screen and with 5MP camera. Though the camera output is not that bad, the camera on A800 is much better. For 7,999 A700 is not a bad option.
Xolo A700 unboxing and review video
720p video sample shot using the A700 camera