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Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Young vs Xolo X500

Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian [ Updated 11 Apr 2013, 10:13:13 ]
Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Young vs Xolo X500
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New Delhi, April 11: Samsung Galaxy Young is a mid-range smartphone that was launched ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 along with Samsung Galaxy Fame. It is a dual SIM smartphone that is powered by a 1GHz processor along with 768MB of RAM. It runs on Android v4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and has a 3.27-inch screen with HVGA resolution. The phone has a 3 megapixel camera and a 1,300mAh battery that is said to provide a talk time of up to 400 minutes. The Galaxy Young has an internal memory of 4GB, which is expandable to 64GB using a microSD card. The handset costs Rs 8,290.



On the other hand, Xolo X500 is a budget smartphone that has placed its bet on Intel’s mobile chipset to set it apart. The Xolo X500 ships with Intel's Atom Lexington single-core processor that has a clock speed of 1.2GHz. It also has a Power VR SGX 540 400MHz GPU and 512MB of RAM. The handset comes with a 3.5-inch screen with a resolution of 480x320 pixels. The Xolo X500 runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and has a 5MP rear camera which produces strictly average results. Let’s do a detailed comparison and see how these smartphones stack up against each other.

Body

Since we reviewed the Xolo X500 we can vouch for its overall build quality. The smartphone can withstand a few jerks. It has a nice rubberized back panel that gives it good grip and looks attractive too. Despite having a 1500 mAh battery, it weighs only 132 grams.

We are yet to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Young, but pictures suggest that it has a shiny and slippery back panel. It has almost the same dimensions (58.6 x 109.4 x 12.49 mm) as the Xolo X500 (61 x 110.5 x 12.5 mm,) but is significantly lighter at 112 grams as compared to 132 grams of the latter, perhaps because of its smaller 1300 mAh battery.

Display


As we said in our review as well, the Xolo X500's 3.5 inch touchscreen was one of the best in the category. Its IPS display works great and manages brilliant contrast at both lower and higher brightness levels. Despite only 320 x 480 pixel resolution, color reproduction and black levels are good and picture quality is sharp and vibrant. It is great for games and video playback.

The capacitive touch on the other hand is a breeze to use and offers flawless utility all along. Be it gaming or web browsing the sensitivity of Xolo X500 is perfect. Just a slight touch is required for most tasks and we experienced no false touches or missed inputs during the review.

Galaxy Young, on the other hand, comes with a 3.2 inch display and has the same 320 x 480 pixel screen resolution. It does not seem to have an advantage vis-à-vis the display over the Xolo X500.

Camera

In this department too Xolo X500 seems to have an advantage over the Galaxy Young. The Xolo smartphone has a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with features like burst mode, panorama mode and face detection.

Samsung Galaxy Young has a mere 3 megapixel unit, perhaps not an auto focus one. Also, it does not have an LED flash like the X500. The front camera is missing in both the handsets.

As far as our review is concerned we were pretty happy with the Xolo X500's imaging capability.

Battery


This is yet another forte of the Xolo X500, which gave us around two days of usage with one full recharge with its 1500 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy Young has a smaller 1300 mAh battery but considering Samsung's reputation, we think the Galaxy Young will last equally long.

Storage

Both phones have 4 GB of internal memory but Samsung Galaxy Young wins this contest with support for 64 GB against the 32 GB expandable storage slot of Xolo X500.

Performance

Xolo X500 is one of my favourites in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment where computing power is concerned. It has a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom processor with hyper threading technology, which enhances its performance. To assist the processor there is 512 MB RAM as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Young looks even brighter with its 1 GHz Cortex A5 processor, which is assisted by 768 MB RAM. Of course, a higher RAM would enable Galaxy Young to work more efficiently.

Moreover, the Galaxy Young has Android Jelly Bean operating system against Android ICS of X500.

Verdict

Individually, both the handsets look great and are highly recommended due to their affordability and decent features. The Xolo X500 has the advantages in terms of a bigger camera, bigger screen, LED flash and bigger battery. Samsung Galaxy Young has double the storage space of X500 and also has the latest version of Android and a higher RAM. So it is up to you to choose one of them depending on your requirements.


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