Review Xolo Q800 Smartphone

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  1. Sunit JC

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    A lot of “quad core” phones have been launched lately in the lower segment of the market. Many companies have entered the competition to launch the fastest budget smartphone.

    Xolo, yet another manufacturer recently joined the race and launched their first quad core dual sim phone – XOLO Q800 in the lower segment of the market. The phone is available in the market for a little less than 11,000INR.

    With 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM coupled with PowerVR SGX 544MP, the Xolo Q800 looks very solid on paper. Let's see if the performance of the device is solid as well or not.

    Specifications:
    • Dimension 135.5 x 67 x 9.6 mm, weight 143.5 gm
    • Display- 4.5 inch qHD (960X540) IPS capacitive touch screen with 245 ppi pixel density, 16M colors, 5 point multi touch display
    • Processor- Media Tek MT6589 chipset, quad core 1.2 GHz, ARM Cortex-A7
    • GPU - PowerVR SGX544MP
    • RAM - 1GB
    • Operating System- Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
    • Memory- 4 GB internal memory (1.74 GB user available), Micro SD card slot can take up to 32 GB,
    • Camera- 8 MP primary camera, Auto focus, touch focus, HDR mode and geo tagging supported, BSI sensor for good low light imaging, Video recording up to 1080p @30 fps, 1 MP front facing camera, Video up to 720p
    • Connectivity- Dual SIM (mini SIM), GSM 850/900/1900 (SIM 1 & SIM 2), UMTS/HSPA- 900/2100 (SIM1) GPRS- yes, EDGE- yes, HSDPA- 21 Mbps, HSUPA- 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth v2.0, stereo FM Radio, GPS with A-GPS support.
    • Sensors- Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient light sensor
    • Battery- 2100 mAh Li-Po battery

    Package, Contents and Build

    The device comes in a standard box which contains the charger, USB cable, earphones, User manual, warranty card, a scratch guard and the device itself.

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    The build quality of the phone is really good. The form factor makes it really comfortable to hold and can be operated with one hand very easily.

    On top of the front panel there is the earpiece along with the 1MP front facing camera and the ambient light sensor. There is no notification light, so there won’t be any notification when you receive a text or email. This can be a letdown for some people.
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    The upper side has the 3.5mm audio jack along with the microUSB port for data transfer and charging.​

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    The right side of the phone consists of the volume rocker on the top and the power/lock button just below that. There is no dedicated camera key on the phone.​

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    At the bottom of the screen there are the three capacitive touch buttons (menu, home and back). There is no physical hardware button.​

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    The back of the phone consists of the 8MP rear camera along with the single LED flash. The camera is protruding outwards which makes the lens prone to scratches. The loud speaker is near the bottom.

    The back cover is plastic but has a rubberized finish which gives it a premium feel. Below the cover resides the 2100 mAh Li-Po battery. The memory card is hot swappable and we have the two sim slots. SIM 1 supports both 2G and 3G while SIM 2 supports only 2G. No NFC.
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    Overall Xolo has done a fantastic job with the build and the phone feels very premium in hand.


    Display and User Interface
    The Xolo Q800 comes with a 4.5" qHD (540x960) IPS display. With a pixel density of 245ppi the screen is able to create sharp images and display appears crisp. The viewing angles are also pretty decent. The display is very bright and this makes using the phone in bright sunlight no problem. Auto brightness option is available on the phone. The ambient light sensor helps the screen brightness to adjust accordingly.​
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    The Xolo Q800 comes with android 4.1.2 Jellybean out of the box. The phone is not at all customised. You will have a pure stock android experience. There are no bloatwares in the phone.​
    The home screen is pretty standard 5 page configuration with the option to use widgets and create folder. The menu screen is also pretty stock with two tabs - app list and widget list.​
    The notification panel consists of quick toggles including bluetooth, wifi, gps, mobile data etc.​
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    So overall the Xolo Q800 has a very simple user interface with no customisation done at all. This makes the device pretty smooth. If you don't like the stock look of the android you can use launchers and widgets from the play store and customise it according to your needs.

    Calling, Multimedia and Browser

    The voice clarity of the Xolo Q800 is pretty good. The earpiece volume is on a bit lower side but acceptable. The network reception is pretty good. The dialer is customised and it provides the option of direct video calling and also to choose between the SIM card you want to use if you have not set a default choice. The speaker is not not very loud but does a very decent job.

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    The gallery of the Xolo Q800 is also pretty basic. The albums are the default view. The music player has a very nice interface with standard options like playlist, shuffle etc. There is a nice visualiser in the music player too. The device is capable of playing 1080p videos with ease. The limited codecs support of the stock video player can be solved by using players like MX player available in the market. As mentioned earlier the speaker does a decent job too. The earphones are also pretty good with nice clarity and volume.

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    The browsing experience on the Xolo Q800 is a decent experience. The 4.5" display produces crisp images and texts which makes it pretty good for browsing. The pinch in, pinch out, tap to zoom everything works flawlessly. The browser has standard menu options like refresh, bookmarks, save for offline reading etc.

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    Camera and Video Recording

    The Xolo Q800 comes with an 8MP rear camera with single LED flash. It has a 1MP front facing camera for video calling. The camera has a BSI and CMOS sensor which helps it to take great snaps in low light conditions. The quality of the pics are good. What I noticed while testing the camera was that the pictures taken outdoors were quite sharp but the areas in the shade were almost blacked out and the bright areas were too bright. But with HDR mode on, the images were comparatively very good(check the samples for the comparison of HDR mode ON/OFF). The auto focus is of great help. It also has touch to focus. The camera settings were quite basic and had options to set the exposure level, white balance etc which is found in almost all devices.​
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    The Xolo Q800 has a very good video camera too. It is capable of recording 1080p videos and has the option of auto focus as well. But it had the same problem. The areas under the shade are almost blacked out.​
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    Video sample (1080p)
    The camera (both front and rear) has a very weird issue when it comes to third party camera apps like skype, camera 2 etc. The images as well as videos are very dark (almost blacked out). So video calling using skype is not a pleasant experience. Looks like a software issue, hope it gets fixed in the next update.​
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    Overall the camera experience of the Xolo Q800 was disappointing.​
    Benchmarks
    The Xolo Q800 with its 1.2GHz quad core processor along with the 1GB RAM and PowerVR SGX 544 GPU scores pretty good in the benchmarks, but not comparable to the other high end quad cores in the market. But for its price the device does a fantastic job.​
    Here are some of the benchmark scores:​
    Antutu: 13014​
    Quadrant: 4031​
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    Vellamo: 1373​
    Geekbench 2: 1027​
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    Nenamark 2: 53.8FPS​
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    Overall the Xolo Q800 performs really well in the benchmarks. We can say that this device is a good performer and is a great value for money device.​
    Battery
    The Xolo Q800 comes with a 2100 mAh Li-Po battery. The battery does a pretty decent job. Under casual usage the battery will last for a day but under heavy usage you will get around 16-18hrs usage. The average screen on time is around 4-4.5hrs under normal usage which is quite good.​
    Battery performance is decent but not something extraordinary. At the end you will have to charge your device before a complete day is finished if your usage is heavy (games, video and browsing).​
    Gaming
    The Xolo Q800 got a very good score of 54fps in the Nenamark 2 benchmark. The gaming performance of the device is very good and is better than its competition the Micromax Canvas HD (Both devices have the same GPU but Xolo Q800 has lower resolution which gives it an edge). Games like subway surfers, temple run had no problem whatsoever. I tested out few heavy games like the dead trigger, modern combat, Dark Knight Rises and they were running great as well. The only game having few lags was Real Racing 3.​
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    Also what I noticed was that there was some audio stuttering issue in few games like Real Racing 3 and NFS: Most Wanted (common in Xolo Q800). The issue can be fixed with the installation of custom ROM. Other than this issue the device performed very well in the gaming department.​
    Here are the gameplay videos of Subway Surfers, Dark Knight Rises, and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour​
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    Conclusion
    With a price tag of a little less than 11000INR, the Xolo Q800 really makes an impact. This phone is a great budget device. This dual sim device has a great build quality, good touch response, decent screen and camera(better than most of the devices in this range).​
    The only problem you can expect with the device is the after sales service. Xolo doesn’t have a good service record. Also we don’t know how quick the device will get software updates. But since this is the flagship device of Xolo we can expect it to get the latest updates just like Micromax did for the Canvas HD (4.2 announced).​
    The device also has minor issues like audio stuttering in some games and dark image reproduction in camera apps like skype, camera 2 etc. Hope they fix these issues in the next update.​
    Other alternatives in this range are the micromax canvas HD and Xolo's own Q1000. These devices are slightly expensive than Xolo Q800 but come with better HD screen. The specifications are almost similar. You can also consider a different OS and get the Lumia 520 or 620.​
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    Overall Xolo Q800 is a great budget smartphone. So if you are on a tight budget and want a good performer, this is definitely a device to consider.​
    Rating : 7.5/10
     
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  2. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Dude you're getting Pro at this ..

    Very nice write upp ..

    Staff - Please check this out..
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    Only found in India?
     
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  4. Sunit JC

    Sunit JC ActiveRAIDer

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    Yes.. :)
     
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  5. Luciffer

    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    Sunit JC : Move to Delhi :)
    We'd collect all our phones (and gadgets) and give it to you to review.

    Fantastic Job man! Seriously!!

    dbg Thanks for pointing it out :)
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    Damn, i want this phone. .
     
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    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    Did he happen to mention that thing costs just appox 100 quid Without any contracts?? :)
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    prices are lucrative and given the intel platform I can ?#@*&%!^$~ing port anything on it.
     
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    Great job!
     
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    Sunit JC ActiveRAIDer

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    Thank you so much guys :D
    Planning to ;)
    Then I'll be able to join you guys whenever you decide for a "meet" :party: :drinkup:
    Wish somebody here could give me all the latest androids for reviews :p
     
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    Luciffer Satan Spawn Staff Member

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    Dude.. you could have a new phone/tablet to play with everyday !! :)
    Not only the droids.. also the win8 phones..
    We're just a little short on the iOSs tho
     
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    Wow! another budget smart phone. I think the specification is similar to Karbonn Titanium S5, however the battery capacity is seems to be okay. Nice work dude :thumbup:

    Just two questions:
    Any heating issue noticed while Video Recording, Multi-Tasking, Gaming, Net Browsing & Charging?
    Any issue noticed with 2G or 3G network connectivity?
     
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    We could get sunit to do a shootout between the 620-720-820 and the 920 Lumias, now that we have owners of all models on the forum.
     
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    Different chipset and GPU.. Titanium has Adreno 203, so gaming performance of Xolo Q800 is better :)

    1. Only while gaming.. that too very little.. compared to my note 2 its nothing :p
    2. Nope..
     
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    Nice work with the review. You are getting pro with phone reviews.

    My first review was a phone. Ahh, the good ol' times
     
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