Xolo Q1000S Review: A Powerful, Handsome but Faux-eyed Device

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Xolo Q1000S, as the name suggests, adds more bells and whistles to the ageing star- the Q1000. One might also think that Xolo is trying to keep up with Apple’s tradition of christening its next smartphone by suffixing an “S” to the name of its previous phone of the same series.

The Q1000S looks lovely and its very sharp display adds icing on the cake.

So, you might be wondering that why am I so excited about this phone?

The price tag. This phone can be yours for INR 14.5K only. Which phone with full-HD display is that affordable?

All right. Just like all the phones it has its own plus and minus points. And for knowing them, read the complete Xolo Q1000S review.

Xolo Q1000S

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Pro’s & Con’s Hardware Performance Apps & Games
Box Contents User Experience-

  • Design
  • UI
  • Display
  • Typing
  • Browsing
Camera Battery

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Gallery
  • Notification & Ringtone
Buy or Skip

Pros and Cons


  • OGS + IPS display
  • Powerful
  • Slim


  • Camera
  • No Expandable memory
  • Single Slim
  • Audio Level


What does the Retail Package come with?

  1. The Handset.
  2. USB Cable, USB charger, Headphones.
  3. Warranty Card & Quick Start Guide, SIM door key.



Camera: Better than a VGA

Xolo Q1000S

Xolo Q1000S has a 13.32MP camera with AF & LED flash alongwith 5MP front camera. Auto-focus works perfect in image as well as video mode.

The rear camera is pathetic in terms of picking up details from the scene. How can Xolo be such careless for their flagship device?

Is it really better than a VGA.

Yes it is! The images look great on the phone. When zoomed on our laptop, we couldn’t distinguish between the leaves of the trees in the background.

I had to check if I’d shot that using rear cam or front cam. Unfortunately, it was the rear cam. The trees seem to be water-coloured (Check out the screenshot).

I shouldn’t talk much about other camera features as I would advise you to skip the device if you’re interested in photography.

Xolo Q1000S



Xolo Q1000S

Audio- Disappointment

The low audio level of Q1000S is very disappointing. The clarity is good but we couldn’t even hear the rock music in moderate traffic area.

The speakers are placed at the lower back of the phone. It has the default music player app like other local phones.

You can go for this phone only if you’re not interested to listen to music (loud) without earphones & you are not in need of loud ringtones.

Formats supported:

  • mp3- Yes
  • aac- Yes
  • wma- No



Q1000S comes with the default Video Player app. The video play pauses on tapping anywhere on the screen. This might create problems while manually seeking the video.


Formats supported (480p):

  • mp4- Yes
  • flv- Yes
  • avi- Yes
  • mkv- Yes
Resolution Supported (mp4):

  • 480p (SD)- Yes
  • 720p (HD)- Yes
  • 1080p (full-HD)- Yes
  • 4K (Ultra HD)- No




Video thumbnails could play the preview of the video. There is no pinch to zoom or sorting, hiding, sharing option in the gallery.

Notification & Ringtone-

There is no LED indicator present in Q1000S. As mentioned earlier in Audio section, the speakers are very low on producing loud sound. So you’ll have to rely on good vibrations instead of only ringtones.



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Pro’s & Con’s Hardware Performance Apps & Games
Box Contents User Experience-

  • Design
  • UI
  • Display
  • Typing
  • Browsing
Camera Battery

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Gallery
  • Notification & Ringtone
Buy or Skip

Hardware Performance: Abundant

Xolo Q1000S is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor having MediaTek MT6589T processor (the better version of MT6589). It has PowerVR SGX544 GPU & 1GB RAM alongwith 16GB internal memory.

Unfortunately there is no SD card slot so you will not get any expandable memory.

Overall, the hardware performance was very good. We tried multi-tasking with the basic apps present in the device (including video play, camera) alongwith games like Temple Run Oz & Subway Surfer. The device did not produced a single significant lag.

Great performance!!



Approx. Time (sec)

Start-up time


Reboot time (without SD card)








Internal Storage




Phone Storage








User Experience

i. Design: Metallic

First Impression: Slim & Sleek, Pitch black front & Metallic back.

The flagship from Xolo gets very good points for its design. The slim Q1000S has rounded curves with a pitch black front. The non-removable back is made up of metal.

Sides: Slim, glossy black bezel, single side hardware buttons.

The device is designed similar to Lenovo P780, the powerhouse with 4000mAh battery. But, Q1000S is 30% slimmer with 6.98mm thickness.

Back Panel: Non-removable, metallic.

The hardware buttons are placed on the LHS of the device which makes it difficult while taking screenshots. The SIM tray door is located on the RHS.

The large phone makes you lose the grip when you try to reach the corners.

ii. User Interface: Stock

Xolo gives Android 4.2.1 JellyBean out of the box with Q1000S. As usual, it misses the customized UI layer on the top.

There are very few scenes & themes present by default. It could be comparable with those present in Karbonn Titanium S9.

Customization options available-

                                                                         i.      HOME SCREEN: 2

                                                                       ii.      THEMES: 4

                                                                    iii.      LOCK SCREEN: No

                                                                     iv.      Video Wallpapers: Yes

Overall, the UI is very smooth to operate. There are not many animations but the transitions are good.

iii. Display: Great Combination

Q1000S boasts a 5” IPS screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (HD). Xolo has again used the famous OGS from its previous devices. I like this combination of IPS displays with One Glass Solution technology.

The colour representation was accurate due to the IPS technology. Sharpness & Contrast was good & there is auto brightness feature available.

Single Handed Reach: Loses Grip on the phone

iv. Typing: 

Single Handed: Single-handed typing is good in portrait mode. Unfortunately, there is no Swipe feature available in the device. Auto-correct feature could be very useful.

Dual Handed: Dual-handed typing experience was good due to the 5” display.

Swipe: No

Prediction: Average

Auto-correction: Very Good

Dictionary: Yes

v. Browsing:

Scrolling and pinch-to-zoom features in the default browser works fine. There are no other browsers present out of the box.

Multi-tabs: Yes

Incognito: Yes

Pre-installed: No

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Pro’s & Con’s Hardware Performance Apps & Games
Box Contents User Experience-

  • Design
  • UI
  • Display
  • Typing
  • Browsing
Camera Battery

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Gallery
  • Notification & Ringtone
Buy or Skip

Pre-installed Apps & Games

We tested the device with Temple Run Oz & Subway Surfer. There were no lags in the games. The touch response worked very well.

Thumbs up for Gaming!!

Useful Apps: Facebook, ToDo, Xolo Power.

Extra Apps:  Xolo Care, Xolo Secure, Wireless Input Device.

Games: No default games installed.


Connectivity options

 What it has-

  • 2G, 3G
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi with hotspot & Direct
  • GPS
  • USB 2.0
  • FM Radio
 What it misses-

  • 4G
  • HDMI
  • NFC


Battery: Cool

Xolo Q1000S has a 2500mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery. Inspite of having a metallic back panel, the phone tried its best to keep cool throughout our testing process. Kudos!!

Xolo provides Xolo Power app which is useful for battery optimization.



Final Verdict

Depends on your NEEDS

Check out the pros & cons of the phone before making up your decision.

If you like to click photos, listen to music, commute to noisy places & looking for a dual SIM phone, then SKIP it. You can pick some better alternative from the list below.

Keeping in mind the above cons, if you like its design & display, looking for a cheaper 5″ Powerful smartphone, then BUY it.


AlternativesKarbonn Titanium S9LG G Pro Lite, Xolo Q2000, Panasonic P51, Galaxy Grand Quattro, Micromax Canvas 4, Canvas Magnus, Nokia Lumia 720, Nokia Lumia 625, Sony Xperia L, Lenovo P780, Canvas Turbo.


  • Looking for a Good looking device.
  • A Power user.
  • Looking for a Cheaper Smartphone.

  • Looking for Dual-SIM phone.
  • A Music Lover.
  • An avid Photographer.

Xolo Q1000S Specifications:

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

General Name Xolo Q1000S
OS Android 4.2.1
Hardware Chipset MediaTek MT6589T
CPU 1.5 GHz Quad-core
GPU PowerVR SGX544
Internal Memory 16GB
Expandable Memory No
Display Type IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
Size 5 inch; 720×1280 pixels (293.72ppi)
Camera Primary 13MP, AF, LED Flash
Secondary 5MP
Battery Capacity Non-removable 2500mAh Li-Ion
Connectivity EDGE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes (with A2DP)
USB Yes (v2.0)
Dual SIM No
Others Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Dimension 147×72.1×6.98mm
Weight 158g
Colours Black
Online Price ₹ 15,790














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