Just when we thought the Indian battle for smartphone supremacy couldn’t get any more heated, Lava has made the Xolo Play T1000 available. Only for pre-orders at this time, but shipping is to get underway later this week.

XOLO Play Lava Xolo Play is now up for pre orders: Tegra 3 power and Jelly Bean butter for Rs. 16,000

What’s so special about this Xolo Play? Well, as the name suggests, it’s perfect for gaming, packing Nvidia Tegra 3 power.

I know what you’re thinking. Tegra 4-powered devices are incoming and we’re getting excited about a phone based on a one year-old chip? You can definitely put it that way, but the thing is India is yet to get a Tegra 3 smartphone (MediaTek CPUs are all the rage around those parts), so Xolo Play’s release is still kind of a big deal.

Plus, the 4.7-incher is super cheap, going for Rs. 15999 ($266) sans contracts, so again… big deal. Also, the Xolo Play does have a few extra aces up its sleeve aside from the quad-core 1.5 GHz processor.

Like the already mentioned large display, boasting a decent 1,280 x 720 pixels (aka HD) resolution. Or the 8 MP rear camera packing a BSI sensor, flash, auto focus and a number of other goodies. Things are looking good on the software front too, though they could have been even better – there’s “only” Android 4.1 Jelly Bean there.

XOLO Play 2 Lava Xolo Play is now up for pre orders: Tegra 3 power and Jelly Bean butter for Rs. 16,000

What I have a really big problem with is the thrifty on-board storage (4 GB, Lava, really?) and “slender” 2,000 mAh battery. That ticker might be enough to hold its own when paired with a frugal MediaTek CPU, but Nvidia’s chips have always been massive power squeezers.

Not to mention that, for some reason, the Xolo Play is chunky, measuring 10.4 mm in thickness while weighing in at 167 grams. That’s unacceptable for a phone with a 2,000 mAh battery!

Oh, well, if you keep your eyes on that lucrative price and the smooth gaming experience, the Lava Xolo Play T1000 remains a good deal. Will you or won’t you… buy it?

Via [Engadget]