Introducing world’s fastest 7-inch tablet – Xolo Play Tegra Note. That is how Xolo has decided to promote this device. Equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 ARM processor which is the reason for selling this tablet as World’s fastest one as Nvidia itself dubs this processor as most powerful mobile processor. This runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and there is no update as of yet to higher version. This also has Stylus input which is a pretty cool add-on but its functionality is highly dependent on the apps which are Write and Tegra Draw.
Most Powerful Mobile Processor?
There are no other takers for this processor, and this device is actually developed and configured by Nvidia only with branding of Xolo. Its CPU - Cortex-A15 – is a quad core processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz. Its GPU - 72-core NVIDIA GeForce – is designed to handle the best of games without a lag. This is something you would want from a company which is known for its graphics cards. These configurations gives a new definition and experience in photography, media, gaming, and web—including High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging, WebGL, and HTML5.
This processor enhances your photography experience via the innovative new computational photography mobile architecture which uses the best of the equipped processor and Always-On HDR to give you a great picture given you hold the camera still. There is also single battery saver core to give long lasting battery by handling the low power tasks, and works in the background without interfering with the Operating System.
Now what about the Device with such a processor?
If this comes with the best of processor, the device is definitely not doing justice with it. For such a powerful GPU you at least need a decent screen resolution. While its competitors, Nexus 7 and iPad Mini offer better resolutions, this one just offers 1280 x 800 pixels, which is also a sub-standard thing nowadays. So you are not able to visualize the quality which this power pact processor can actually offer. However, if you get a high definition game and start playing it on this device, you are going to be amazed. This is the comfort zone for Nvidia, to sweep you by your feet when it comes to the best games. There is no lag at all. Just plain, delightful and mesmerizing experience. If you are a hard core gamer, you would definitely understand what it means! Moreover, this comes with Micro-HDMI slot. So just connect it to your television, and use the tablet as a console. Did I hear “Awesome!”?
Handling, Storage, Camera, Battery:
When you pick it up, this is pretty heavy, weighing 350 grams. Plastic built with a rubberized grip at sides and back, this device looks pretty robust and the grips make it easy to handle. However, it is difficult to keep holding it for a long time during playing games or reading. With dimensions 199 x 119 x 9.6 mm this is neither the slimmest in town. This comes with 1 GB of RAM, and when you have the best processor, 1 GB of RAM just isn’t what you accompany it with. Its internal memory is 16 GB and comes with microSD card slot supporting expendable memory up to 64 GB. This is good given Nexus 7 has no card slot for expandable memory.
Camera is again a disappointing feature of this device. The 5 MP rear camera comes with autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, panorama, HDR options thanks to camera app called Camera Awesome. This was in line with the new computational photography mobile architecture but the picture quality is not that awesome, even in well lit conditions. It is also capable of recording videos in 1080p quality and saves it in 3GPP format. A front facing 0.3 MP camera is there for video calling but you wouldn’t want to take selfie as it is pretty substandard to put a 0.3 MP camera.
Though this is powered by Standard Battery Li-ion 4100 mAh battery, the extra 5th Core that is specifically put there to extend battery life, gives it a talktime of up to 10 hours. This also makes it a perfect travelling companion as it will require less frequent visit to charging points.
Multimedia and Connectivity:
The music player supports MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ and video player supports MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV. There is no Radio. It’s speakers are equipped with NVIDIA PureAudio technology which is put there keeping in mind the game sounds. This is a Wi-Fi only device with no voice calling options, 2G or 3G. The processor is equipped with Nvidia’s i500 software defined modem which is designed to connect to super fast 4G LTE speed. But we have to wait for that due to non-availability of 4G in India. Other connectivity options available are Bluetooth and microUSB. No Wi-Fi hotspot or NFC though.
So this definitely has the best processor equipped with innovative technology and all, but the device is not designed to do justice to that. Judging by Pros, this is definitely a gamers’ paradise. So compare around with other Android power tablets, especially Nexus 7, and go for what suits your needs and wants.
Xolo Play Tegra Note Rivals:
Lenovo Yoga 8
Acer Iconia A1 811
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 3G
Dell Venue 8
Digiflip Pro XT811
Digiflip Pro XT911