XOLO Win first impressions: an affordable 10-inch Windows slate

“The XOLO Win could be one of the most compelling affordable Windows tablet when it lands”

Microsoft is clearly getting more aggressive as far its tablet strategy in India is concerned, and one of the best examples of that is the upcoming Windows-powered slate from XOLO. Unveiled at CES, the XOLO Win is the first Windows tablet from an Indian brand, adding one more feather in its cap and strengthening its reputation of being able to play well with a wide variety of partners and chipset manufacturers. While the official launch of the slate is still some time away, we managed to play with the device at a Microsoft event, and here are our first impressions. Xolo-Win-19 Being a 10-inch tablet, the device isn’t going to break any records in the size department – it tips the scales at 750g and is fairly thick at 15.5mm. A wide black bezel surrounds the screen, and there’s a backlit capacitive Start button at the bottom, with the 1-megapixel front camera being barely visible on top. Fashioned out of plastic, the tablet feels sturdy, but lacks a little something when it comes to exuding a premium feel. The rear sports a brushed metal finish, and that adds to its looks to a small extent. Xolo-Win-16 In terms of ports and placement of controls, you’ll find a power / sleep key placed on top right, but the bottom and the left are completely barren. All the action has been reserved for the right, and that’s where you’ll find a microUSB port, a headphone socket, a socket for the power adapter, a volume rocker, a microphone and another orifice that looks like a micro-HDMI port. An open microSD card slot is also tucked away on the side. Xolo-Win-13 Flip the tablet over and the first thing you’ll notice is the large XOLO branding in the centre. The 2MP rear snapper is located on top right, and there’s a pair of speaker grilles on either side, placed closer to the bottom and almost going into the spines. Xolo-Win-14 The XOLO Win is powered by AMD’s Temash A4 1200 chipset which is paired with a Radeon 8180 graphics processor and 2GB of RAM. 32GB of internal storage is on offer, and you can add more via the aforementioned microSD slot. The 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution seems a tad low for a 10.1-inch display, and we did notice slight pixelation during our hands-on. And while we can only comment on the XOLO Win’s real-life performance, its shooting prowess and its battery life when we get to review it properly, the device did seem smooth based on the brief time we spent with it. Xolo-Win-12 The XOLO Win is expected to land officially by the end of this month and will likely carry a price tag of Rs 21,999, which makes it one of the most affordable Windows-powered 10-inch slates. Regardless of which brand and platform ends up ruling the roost in the mid-range tablet segment, this will add on to the plethora of options already available. Exciting times ahead.
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