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The Xolo One LFC is the first phone to be launched in India in association with the English football club, Liverpool FC. The phone, launched on 15 May, has the Liverpool logo on the back panel and the football club’s logo flashes on the screen when the device is switched on. But, in reality, the phone offers little exclusive content such as wallpapers, videos etc., which the football club’s fans would have liked. Hence, we have treated it as a mainstream phone and compared it with the likes of YU Yuphoria and Moto E.

Also, compared to the Xolo One phone, on which this special edition phone is based, the only big improvement internally is the software—the Xolo One LFC runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

Design: solid design and handy to use

The One LFC is a compact phone and is 9.3mm thick. The artificial leather finish on the plastic back looks like real leather. The phone is easy to grip and use with one hand. Overall it is not just good-looking, but handy as well. Xolo is offering a Liverpool exclusive cover with the Liverpool logo bundled with it.

Its nearest rival, the Moto E, is also a rather handy phone, despite being 12.3mm thick. The YU Yuphoria is the sleekest of the three at 8.2mm. It is also very comfortable to hold and use with one hand, despite the bigger display.

Display: dull and reflective

The One LFC is an average phone when it comes to display quality. The 4.5-inch screen size is comfortable enough for browsing and social networking. But the screen resolution of 854x480 pixels is lower than Moto E’s 4.5-inch screen’s 960x540 pixels, and this is where the YU Yuphoria’s 5-inch screen’s 1,280x720 pixels takes the lead in terms of future-proofing.

On the One LFC, the text is not very sharp and if you zoom in even slightly, it starts to look a bit rough and pixelated. The videos don’t look lively because the colours look washed out.

Among the rivals, the Moto E’s screen is better for reading, whereas the YU Yuphoria has the most vibrant screen, particularly if you want to watch videos on the phone.

Processing: basic performance

When it comes to muscle power, the One LFC packs in basic hardware. It is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, with 1 GB RAM. In comparison, the Moto E runs on a slightly better Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor and the YU Yuphoria runs on a more formidable 64-bit Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor which supports 4G mobile networks.

The One LFC can handle basic tasks without any major lag, but open multiple apps at the same time, and you can see a perceptible slowdown in terms of performance.

Software: with pure Android experience

The phone runs the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS. Xolo has put a minimalistic skin over Android, which utilizes Android’s own interface and design elements. The benefit is simple—the interface is smooth and doesn’t affect performance the way some customizations tend to. The only change is with the placement of the navigation keys—instead of being integrated in the on-screen interface, they have been placed as touch-sensitive keys below the screen. It also features some gesture controls—sliding your finger on the top spine of the phone unlocks the screen. But these are not consistent.

Camera: ordinary fixed-focus camera

It comes with a 5-megapixel camera with flash. It is quick but lacks the quality and clarity of the Moto E and the YU Yuphoria. Images look grainy, more so because of the fixed-focus camera.

Battery: needs to be charged twice a day

Battery backup from the 1,700 mAh battery is substandard as it failed to last a full day on a single charge with Web browsing, social networking and watching YouTube videos for 30 minutes.

The Moto E (2,390 mAh battery) and Yuphoria (2,230 mAh battery) gave more than a day’s backup on similar requirements.

Verdict

At 6,799, this phone does not offer anything extra, except a handful of Liverpool wallpapers and logos.

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