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The Xolo Q700 is another Xolo Smartphone which has the potential to be your next gaming phone. Costing INR 9100 in the local market, it is cheaper than many of the big players’ smartphones but offers many lucrative features.
The Q700 is a tad cheaper than its bigger brother, the Xolo Q800 but they don’t differ much in performance. The Q800 has an 8MP camera while the Q700 has a humble 5MP sensor.
The most notable features of this phone are the IPS display with OGS (One Glass Solution) tech and the notification LED.
Other worthy alternatives in the price segment of 7-10k INR are Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Samsung Galaxy Fame, Samsung Galaxy Young, Sony Xperia E, Nokia Lumia 520, Micromax Canvas 2, Karbonn Titanium S5, Xolo Q600 and Lava Iris 458Q.
Design: Rubber makes it look sturdy
The Q700 has a rubberised back panel providing a very good grip. The sides of the phone are protected by a wide chrome plated bezel. The rear cam is also protected by a thin chrome bezel.
As far as the build quality is concerned it looks like this phone will not let you part with it at least for the next 15-20 months.
The notification LED, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and the front camera are all located to the left of earpiece grill.
User Interface: Xolo loves Vanilla
You might believe that the local Indian manufacturers are too lazy to make their own custom android skin or you can just enjoy the slightly customized stock android flavour.
On the functional side of things, touchscreen and the capacitive buttons are very sensitive and responsive. The zippy fast UI leaves no place for lags. All of this combined brings about a very pleasant android 4.2 experience.
Display: Great for the price point
The Xolo Q700 boasts an IPS LCD qHD (540 x 960 pixels) display with OGS (One Glass Solution) technology having pixel density of 245. It is very sharp to look at and doesn’t loses colors and contrast even when viewed from angles- thanks to OGS tech.
The sunlight legibility is not a problem at 50% display brightness.
Also it easy to handle to touchscreen using only a single hand. The credit goes to the design of the phone which sports a 4.5 inch display but still doesn’t make it uncomfortable to use for people with small hands.
Sound and multimedia: More than your expectations
The loudspeaker can easily be heard in traffic. I am not saying that you can use to show off your favourite track to public but it is loud enough for your ears to notice that it might be your phone that is ringing.
The default audio player has standard options like shuffle and repeat. The equalizer can also be adjusted according to your needs.
It supports all of the popular audio files (.mp3, .aac) except .wma file formats.
The stock video player also supports all of the famous video formats (.avi, .mp4, .flv and .mkv) till 720p. The 1080p i.e. the full HD videos can’t be watched using the stock video player. But who cares, when music player apps like MX Player exists.
Typing is as easy as a pie in both landscape as well as portrait modes. The in-built dictionary does a fine job at prediction and thus eliminates the need for you to type full words each time.
If you are good at speaking English then you can take this text input experience to a next level by using voice dictation. Of course, it requires internet access.
Camera: The only disappointment
There is a 5MP BSI sensor at the back which can capture your precious moments with a resolution of 2560×1920 pixels. It also supports Auto Focus and an LED flash to assist it in low/no light conditions.
The captured images look respectable when you get to know that they are taken with a 5MP camera. In our quality check we found that the photos are slightly dull in color and have average details and brightness.
The HDR shot can be used to capture more details but results in washed out images. The panorama shot is unable to produce detailed and colourful images. Undoubtedly, the stitching is hopeless. I have found that only expensive phones produce good panoramas.
The main camera can shoot videos in 720p resolution. The HD video shot by this 5MP camera looks pathetic and lacks in details. The colors are good so may be you should shoot the video at some lower resolution, say 480p.
The front cam on the other hand can capture video at a lowly resolution of 176×144 pixels which is good for nothing.
Hey, don’t scorn this front cam yet. You can use it to do make-up.
The low-light sample that we’ve uploaded you’ll notice that the colors look more natural when the flash light is off. The noise cancellation does its job properly but takes its toll in the form of minute details.
Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:
|Camera start-up time||~ 1.25s|
|Shutter lag||Zero shutter lag|
Hardware Performance: It just hates delays
The quad-core processor and the PowerVR GPU make sure that the user experience is smooth and lag free. Games like Temple Run Oz and Subway Surfer also run without delays or lags.
The on-board 1 GB RAM will keep power-users happy and will give you no chance to complaint about the performance.
Here are some timing benchmarks:
|Power-Down Time||~24.48s|Sadly, there is no option to restart the phone.
|Nenamark 2||54 fps|
Benchmarks Scores Screenshots
Pre-installed Apps: Only a handful
The Xolo Q700 comes with just Facebook, Kids Tube, Xolo Switch, Xolo Power, Xolo Care and Xolo Secure app. It leaves more space on the internal storage so that you can install even more of your favourite apps.
Connectivity: Covers the basics
The connectivity options include dual SIM support (3G+GSm), HSPA+, A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi with hotspot and WiFi direct.
The 2400 mAh Li-Po battery will power up the phone for a single day at auto-brightness. Xolo has also pre-installed a special Xolo Power app which can help conserve the battery juice even longer. The battery doesn’t heat up, at least not perceptibly.
Final VerdictJust buy it*
Alike the other Xolo phones, the Q700 is also a good value for money phone. It has its own ups and downs but you wouldn’t regret buying it unless you are looking for a good camera phone.
Specifications: Xolo Q700
|Processor (CPU)||1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A-7|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX 544 @ 238MHz|
|RAM||1 GB (Available- 637MB with NO apps running)|
|Display Type||IPS LCD with OGS tech|
|Size & Resolution||4.5” qHD (540×960 pixels), 245 ppi|
|Camera PrimarySecondary||5MP BSI Sensor with AF and LED FlashStills- 2880×1728 pxVideo- 720p @ 30 fpsVGA- 640×480 px|
|Android OS||4.2.1 JB|
|Battery||Li-Po 2400 mAh|
|Memory||Internal- 4GB (user available- 2.56 GB) & upto 32 GB via microSD|
|Connectivity micro USB||Yes, with support for USB-OTG|
|HSPA+||Yes, up to 21 Mbps down and 11 Mbps up|
|WLAN||Yes, 802.11 /b/g/n|
|Dimensions||135.8 x 67.5 x 10.2 mm|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, compass|
|Dual SIM||Yes (3G+2G)|
|Online Price||INR 9999|
|SAR Value||< 1.6 W/Kg|
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