Xolo Q1000 Review: Is it any good in real life?

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The Xolo Q1000 is a mid-range android smartphone which brings the goodness of a sharp HD display at a relatively lower price of INR 12.5k. The device looks good on paper and we always have high expectations from Xolo smartphones.

Xolo Q1000

Xolo has been launching phones with value for money so far and hence has become one of our favourite local manufacturers.

  • Great display
  • Multimedia hub

  • Poor gaming
  • Average Camera


User Experience



The Xolo Q1000 has that stale plastic body design which made the Samsung Galaxy series immensely popular. Some people call the glossy backpanel as buttery smooth but I’ll say that it looks cheap.

Xolo Q1000

The size is not much of an issue here as it fits properly into regular jeans pocket.

The capactive buttons at the bottom of the display work fine and didn’t miss even a single touch during our testing.

Highly usable when both hands are used

User Interface

It runs of android 4.2.1 JB without any major customizations from Xolo. If you are upgrading your entry-level branded smartphone with this one then you’ll definitely miss the extra manufacturer specific customizations. But the good news is, you can always get those customizations to work by downloading some apps from the play store.

The UI is very smooth to operate and we didn’t experience any lag or delay. The Q1000 also comes with some inbuilt themes.

Long pressing the “back key” brings up the menu for going to Wallpapers, Manage apps and System Settings.


The Xolo Q1000 is graced by an IPS LCD HD display which takes its pixel density to 294 ppi. This makes the display ideal for browsing and reading text. This display renders natural colors with very good viewing angles.




Being a phone with a 5 inch display, it gives us no change to talk about its single handed reach. The typing experience in portrait mode using the single hand is just okay. Nothing phenomenal.
The dual handed operation in the landscape mode is also just average. However, I do need to mention that the auto-correction works like wonder in this phone and helps a lot.

Absence of gesture input hurts.

The android keyboard settings on this phone also allows you to select Auto-capatalization, Auto-correction and Next word suggestions. The best part is that you can select the level of auto correction that you might desire from among modest, aggressive and very aggressive.


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Xolo Q1000

The Q1000 has an 8MP BSI sensor capable of capturing stills with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. It is also accompanied by an LED flash to take good shots in low-light scenarios.

The camera interface is bare bone. It misses nothing but it also doesn’t have too many options to scare off the newbies. Along with the basic options in settings it also supports some extra options to configure Sharpness, Hue and Saturation.

Other camera goodies include Geo-tagging, Exposure and white balance settings, Zero shutter delay and face detection.

It doesn’t have macro mode. So you can forget about close up shots of flowers and intricate machinery.


Camera Samples at 90% Quality


Xolo Q1000 camera sample

Zoom test

The captured photos retain good amount of detail for an 8MP shooter. The colors are not over-saturated and are more towards the natural side.

HDR and non HDR (cropped)

Photos captured with HDR mode point out more detail than usual but have a cold white balance.

Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:

Camera start-up time ~ 2s





Xolo Q1000

The loudspeaker located at the back produces average volume but it is definitely more than what Karbonn Titanium S9 can produce. The sound coming out of the loudspeaker can get muffled even the phone is placed on flat surfaces.

The Stock music player has standard options like shuffle, repeat and equaliser.

Audio Format support

  • mp3- Y
  • aac- Y
  • wma- N



The default video player supports tap to seek and other basic features like stop and loop.

Video Format support

  • 480p (avi flv mp4 mkv)- Y Y Y Y
  • 720p mp4- Y
  • 1080p mp4-Y
  • 4k mp4- N


Xolo Q1000

The gallery has a very basic layout and supports pinch to zoom and thumbnail video playback.

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Hardware Performance

The Xolo Q1000 sports a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz from MediaTek which is supplemented with 1 GB of RAM. Now, you might think that it should be very good at multi-tasking…

It is not.

 The phone doesn’t hang while doing regular operations and light multi-tasking but do not expect to excel at heavy multi-tasking.

 Surprisingly, the gaming experience is also not up to the expectations. It couldn’t even play Temple Run Oz properly.

It is only good for playing light games such as Subway Surfers.

Gamers stay away from it


Here are some timing benchmarks which might come in handy:


Approx. Time

Startup time


Reboot time



Apps & Games

  • Default Apps– MX Player, Xolo Care, NoteBook
  • Default games– None

BatteryXolo Q1000

The Q1000 gets its power from a 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery. We couldn’t perform our battery tests on this phone due its non-availability in our office. We can predict that it can last a whole day of light usage when fully charged.

Also the heating is not much of an issue here. It heats a little but it wouldn’t fry up your hand.


What is has:

  • HSPA+
  • FM Radio
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi Direct and Wireless Display


What it lacks:

  • NFC
  • HDMI port

Box Contents

Xolo Q1000

Handset, charger, battery, earphone, USB cable, quick start guide, screen guard, safety warranty and legal information

Final Verdict

Good for movie buffs

Xolo Q1000 is one of those phones which look attractive only on paper. The performance is nowhere near to what we expected it to be. However it shines out in the multimedia section.

Other good smartphones in this segment include Lava Iris 504Q, Nokia Lumia 620, Micromax Canvas HD, Xolo Play and Sony Xperia M Dual.

  • A movie buff
  • A Music addict
  • A netizen

  • Love gaming
  • Can’t tolerate performance lags

 You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?


Specifications: Xolo Q1000



Xolo Q1000

Chipset Mediatek MT6589
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz quad-core, Cortex A7
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 @286 MHz
RAM 1 GB (free on startup- 567 MB)
Display Type IPS LCD, 16M colors
Size & Resolution 5 inch, HD display, 293.72 ppi
Primary Camera 8MP BSI sensor, AF, LED Flash, EIS for videos
Stills- 3264×2448 px
Video- 1920×1088 px
Secondary Camera 1.2 MP BSI sensor
Android OS v4.2.1 JB
Battery 2100 mAh Li-Ion
Memory Internal- 4GB (user available- 1.76 GB ) , micro SD up to 32 GB
Connectivity- NFC No
USB Micro USBv2.0
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, WiFi Direct, Wireless Display
Bluetooth v4.0
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
FM Radio Yes
Dimensions 143.5 x 70.8 x 8.8 mm
Weight 151 g
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Orientation, Magnetic
Dual SIM Yes (3G + 3G)
Colors White and Black
Online Price INR 12499


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  • tota says:

    Dear Anand and Mobile Jury team,
    Your reviews are really different in terms of depth and content.
    More so due to the fact that there are no difficult to relate to charts about benchmark tests that occupy more than half the space in the other reviews. I would request you to deal with one more very important aspect of touch phones in far greater detail, namely, the touch sensitivity of the screens. Many low end phones have otherwise good features and hardware specs, but the screens are not very responsive. There is a general feeling that android phones in general are much much less responsive than iphones…more so in case of the mid-price range android sets. Would be great if you add one whole section to this aspect as touch phones are all about touch sensitivity to normal users, far more than apps.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Tota,
      Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. 🙂

      iPhones have perceptibly smoother touch screens but the latest droids are equally advanced. The older smartphones (symbian and android) were based on resistive touchscreens. I preferred to call them TAP-Screen phones.

      Today, all of them have very smooth and responsive touch. Try any high-end android smartphone or Nokia Lumia 820 and above.
      The touch sensitivity is also based upon the processing power. Faster processors have lower response times.

      Another factor which affects how we feel about the touch sensitivity is the UI. Yes, user interface has a significant impact on how the end-user feels.
      If you have any high-end android phone then you can try different launchers with them and check how significantly do they impact your perception about its touch.
      I hope it will clear your doubts about touch sensitivity.

      PS: We cannot dedicate a whole section related to Touch Sensitivity but we’ll mention in the UI section if any phone has poor touch sensitivity.

  • please send me default butterflies wallpaper.
    i want to sent it for my canvas HD.

  • Its quality is lower than Xolo Q2000…
    So i will suggest people should go for Q2000 smartphone…
    BTW nice way of writing….

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