Too often, choosing a budget-friendly device involves settling with a small, under-powered handset with lackluster specs and an old version of Android. Fortunately, that is slowly changing, with more mid-range handsets hitting the market with a reasonable price tag. One such handset is Lava Mobile's XOLO A1000, a 5-inch Android smartphone that has all-around nice specs with a low price tag of $259 USD.
The XOLO A1000 has a sleek white body that resembles certain popular Galaxy handsets, as well as mid-range specs that are certainly high enough to please the average smartphone user looking for a handset with a large screen and powerful enough hardware to play their favorite mobile games. For now, the handset is only available in India for 13,999 rupees.
The A1000 features a large 5-inch IPS display with a 720p 120x720 resolution. Inside, users will find a MediaTek MT6577 1GHz dual-core processor and a PowerVR SGX531 GPU. There's 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space, with a microSD expansion slot for more memory if the on-board isn't enough. Around back there's an 8-megapixel camera, as well as a 1.2-megapixel front camera.
The handset is said to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and sports a decent sized 2100mAh battery, which is large enough to keep the handset powered for awhile without constantly having to plug it in, but not quite as large as would be comfortable for a 5-inch display. The handset comes in black and white and is unlocked. No word on whether we'll see it in the States.
[via Android Community]