Xolo Q800 Review: Performance matters the most

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Xolo is totally into making high performing but affordable smartphones business and the Q800 is the result of this continuous effort. It is available for INR 11500 online and competes with the likes of highly popular dual SIM smartphones operating on android Jelly Bean.

Xolo Q800 Review

Inspired from iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones

The Xolo Q800 also have some special features like Shake function, Set screen ON, Sleep timer for Music player, Healthy dial and turn over to mute.

Specifications: Provide good value for money

Hardware                                                        Xolo Q800
Chipset MTK MT6589 MT6589W-M
Processor (CPU) 1.2GHz Quad-core Cortex A7
GPU PowerVR SGX 544mp @ 238MHz
RAM 1GB
Display Type IPS LCD 16M Colors
Size & Resolution 4.5″ inch, qHD (540×960 pixels), 244.77 ppi
Camera PrimarySecondary 8MP BSI sensor, AF, LED Flash, Stills- 3264×2448 pixels;
Video Recording- 720p @30fps
1MP, Stills- 1280×720 px
Android OS 4.1.2 JB
Battery 2100 mAh
Memory Internal 4GB (Available- 1737.4 MB), upto 32GB via microSD card
Connectivity USB Micro USB v2.0
EDGE Yes
HSPA+ Downlink- 21Mbps, Uplink- 5.76Mbps
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth v4.0
GPS With A-GPS Support
Dimensions 135.5 x 67 x 9.6 mm
Weight 143.5 gm
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light sensor, Gyroscope, Compass
Dual SIM Yes
Colors White, Black
Online Price 11500 INR

  • Budget gaming phone
  • Good display

  • Not so good camera
  • UI is not smooth
  • Low audio levels

Design: Pretty Average

The Q800 doesn’t stand out in the crowd of today’s smartphones owing to its outdated and common design. This plastic body phone is not very similar to the Samsung Galaxy series but the back panel is composed of some glittery plastic.

Upon close inspection we found out that the back panel not only looks cheap but also has poor build quality. The phone is also not very sleek as it stands 9.6mm thick and weigh close to 144gm which is not respectable for today’s standards.

This plastic body phone can obviously can slip out of wet hands but for most of the occasions the grip is okay.

All in all, from the design point of view the phone looks pretty average but you shouldn’t judge things by their mere outlook. Should you?

User Interface: Retains Android Vanilla flavour but with occasional lags

The UI maintains stock android looks and there is not much to talk about. It is based on android 4.1.2 JB but don’t jump to any conclusions yet. You might think that the transitions are smooth and lag free but they’re not.

 

Display: More than acceptable

Xolo has graced this phone with an IPS LCD qHD screen with a pixel density of 245. The display has good color reproduction with average viewing angles.

This display might not be comparable to the high end droids but it does the job pretty well. There is no scratch protection layering to protect the display but hey, screen guards don’t cost a fortune.

Sadly we could perform the sunlight legibility test but we believe that you can read out the contents easily at 50% brightness. If you stay out in the Sun most of the time then I’ll recommend you to apply a matte finish screen guard on the screen.

At 4.5 inch single handed usage is not an issue.

Sound & Multimedia: Degrades the phone ratings

loudspeaker and SAR rating - Xolo Q800

The loudspeakers produces okay sound levels and you might miss a call or two in crowded places.

The loudspeaker is present on the backside as usual and the sound might get occluded when the phone is placed on some soft surface like cushions, mattress etc.

Music Player: We miss the Equalizer

 The default music player has some standard android features but it lacks equalizer.

Video player : Can’t Plays full HD videos!

 The video player also has nothing special to talk about. It can play 480p .mp4, .mkv and .avi smoothly but weirdly it lacks the support for .flv format.

.Mp4 videos are supported upto 720p  only and 1080p videos are a no go.

Update– The newer version of Xolo Q800 rocks a MT6589W-M chipset which plays full HD videos smoothly- as reported by MJ readers.

 

Gallery – The gallery also looks pretty basic and the items are arranged as per their location on the storage.

Texting: Relies on stock featureslandscape mode Xolo Q800

The virtual keyboard is also basic in functionalities and lacks extra functions however it does have standard android prediction options and does its intended job efficiently. The landscape and portrait modes of the keyboard are very easy to get used to.  

Browsing: Very Good

The default android web-kit browser renders webpage very quickly and supports to pinch to zoom and flash content. Scrolling down a heavy web page was butter smooth courtesy the quad-core processor.

 

Camera : Unimpressive

Xolo Q800- primary camera and LED flash

The Xolo Q800 is equipped with 8MP BSI sensor, AF and a LED flash to assist in low light scenarios. It can capture scenes with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels.

It comes with a few common but highly useful features like HDR, macro, indoor, night modes. Using its burst mode you can capture 40 or 99 images at a go. It also lets to adjust the ISO but novice users the automatic setting is recommended. 

It can also shoot 720p with 30fps of not so good quality. The videos and shots taken by the camera lack detail and suffer from poor color reproduction.

 However, it does supports tons of special effects like sepia, hue, sketch etc.

Untouched Camera Samples

 

Low-light Photos

On the plus side the camera fires up very quickly with the average start up time of ~2 sec.

Hardware: Its all about value for money

This phone packs some very decent hardware which elevates the gaming and browsing experience. The quad-core processor makes sure that your regular activities like watching HD videos are a complete pleasure.

The loudspeaker could have been better as one can’t compromise with the ringing volume and possibly can’t afford to miss calls.

Xolo Q800 passed our multi-tasking test with ease.

Shut down time: below 6s

Start up time: 26.3s

Benchmark Score
Antutu 9659
Quadrant Standard 3697
Nenamark 2 49.2 fps
Sunspider 0.91 (lower is better) 1319.7ms

 

Benchmarks Scores Screenshots

 

Apps: No bloatwares installed!

The phones doesn’t come installed with crapwares of any kind except Xolo Care app which might be useful for some.

Connectivity: Covers the basics

Q800 doesn’t have those exaggerated connectivity options like HDMI, USB-On-The-Go (OTG), NFC, IR LED but it does have all of the highly popular connectivity features like HSPA+, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, FM Radio and micro USB.  

Battery: Nothing Special

The hungry quad-core processor and the power demanding GPU get their juice from a 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery which on normal usage should suffice for a day. If you want to retain the battery juice for more than a single day then you have to use some battery saving app. 

Final Verdict

Only for gamers

The Xolo Q800 caters to the need of Indian market very well by providing good value for money. It disappoints in photography, sound levels and UI software optimizations but makes up for them in gaming performance.
If you are looking for a budget gaming phone and don’t care about audio levels then you can’t ignore this phone as an option.

  • A Gaming addict
  • Netizen
  • Interested in photography
  • A Movie buff
  • A Commuter in crowded places

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24 Comments

  • remo says:

    i dont know why the benchmark results given here are very less. my xolo q800 showed 13153 in antutu and 53.5fps in nenamark2 in the first attempt. and moreover all the facts mentioned above are not true to my knowledge. 8 mp camera of my xolo produces good quality picture even in low light. i even compared it with canvas hd (my friend owns it). phone has premium look and also looks pretty grand in hand. not slippery. build quality is awesome. way ahead than canvas hd. battery lasts for a day and an half including heavy wifi usage, gaming and music. PLEASE DONT MISGUIDE PEOPLE with wrong reviews. get a life

    • Ankur says:

      We do our best to give people relevant and honest reviews. No intention of misguiding anyone. Your experience may be different from ours (as might be your opinion).

      Also benchmarks are generally not relevant in judging real life experience.

      We happily accept peoples views which are different from ours but please do not make it personal. Attacking on a personal level (‘Get a life’) is inappropriate. This time it is ok but if that comes up again in your comment we will not be able to approve it.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Remo,
      Like Ankur told you, please don’t go after the benchmarks blindly. They do not tell you about the real world performance of any phone. For e.g. there is a phone i tested, whose AnTuTu score is 21k+ and it freezes randomly for 5-10s.
      Benchmarks will make you believe that it would be an excellent device but are here to judge the actual performance of the phone. We are not all interested in covering benchmarks. We do them only for users (who happen to like them at the moment).

      As far as camera quality is concerned, we compare it with the best camera phone having same MP count. Have you compared it with the photos taken by iphone, Galaxy S3, Panasonic P51 etc. ?

      You might think that we are being unfair to the phone but do you know that many manufacturers inflate the MP count only for marketing purposes. In the end, it is quality that matters to the consumers. No one is interested in having a 100MP camera whose shots are inferior to that taken by HTC One or even Nokia N95.

  • remo says:

    a small correction. my antutu score was 13253. not 13153. and quadrant standard was 3855. again i advice you not to misguide people. xolo q800 is simply brilliant. trust me guys. u wont regret.

    • Ankur says:

      Funnily, we agree with you. We recommend this phone to anyone who asks a good phone below 10k. And our editor (who tested this phone) loves it.

      We have reccomended it to a reader just today. Here is the link (read the comments):

      Thank you for commenting.

  • prakash says:

    Sir,
    aftr gng thru ur reviews of Q700&Q800 wt i make out ws dt apart frm d better camera in Q800
    Q700 z much better in terms of display thnx to OGS tech,2400maH battery,Better looks,Notification LED,4.2android,Bettetr sound
    Do XOLO hv heatin
    tell me whether i m wrong or right
    wt r d better features in Q800 apart frm cameraas cmpared to Q700
    and what if i dont get 6589 chipset will i be able to play 1080p FHD videos
    i also want ur review of iball andi 5H quadro ASAP

    and also some other phones under 10K tag

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Full-HD video playback support depends on hardware as well as the software. Xolo Q800 and Lava Iris 504Q both have MT6589 chipset but 504q can play FHD videos while the Q800 cannot.
      Xolo phones in general do get heated up a little but not too much.

      We’ll review the iBall Andi 5H quadro as soon as we get it.

      • Fazal says:

        I have a MT6589w-m Chipset. My Q800 plays Full HD 1920X1080 P .mp4 very easily & without any frame drop/lag… How is that your test piece cannot play full HD?

        • Anand Karwa says:

          Because it didn’t.

        • Anand Karwa says:

          Hi Fazal,
          Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. We have now found out that the Xolo Q800 has been refreshed with a newer chipset MT6589W-M. The unit which we tested had a different chipset and hence couldn’t play FHD videos.

          The review has been updated to reflect the user feedbacks.
          Thank you again for being honest and frank with us. 🙂

  • Prakash says:

    I mentioned some features available in q700 which r nt der in Q800
    ogs tech,Better display,Gr8 looks,Notification LED,2400Battery,android 4.2

    so i think apart frm better camera which 800 hv Q700 z better in terms of features i mentioned above

    wts ur take sir n plz tell me in wt terms 800 z btr dn 700
    which will be more durable for atleat 4-5Yrs.

    which one will be a best buy for me?

  • venugopal says:

    hi,xolo q800 can play 1080p video smoothly using MX player.So the opinion in this site can mislead someone.

  • venugopal says:

    also the battery backup of xolo 800 is just amazing when compared to my galaxy core.As far as the internet speed is concerned, I can surely say that it beats the galaxy core by a big margin.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Venugopal,
      Xolo has launched a refreshed version of Q800 with MT6589W-M chipset supporting FHD video playback. Our test unit had a different chipset.
      Anyways, the review has been updated.
      Thank you for sharing our invaluable feedback with us. 🙂

  • Bahir says:

    xolo is playing with its fans
    first they released q800 with good chipset and all [I have that one]
    then released it in white color with downgraded perfomance
    now again released as x edition with old chipset which is superb one
    I think they decreased the perfomance earlier because q1000 had sames specs and it costs more because of its hd screen and all.

  • Jitendra says:

    Anand Sir,
    You Write: Xolo Q800 (Updated)
    Chipset : MT6589W-M

    But Xolo Website Say:
    Chipset : MT6589M Here Not Find ( W Character ).and
    Here is a Minor Difference is that You Write Extra Word W in Chipset column.

    Here W means ?

    • Anand Karwa says:

      MT6589WM and MT6589M have similar CPUs. The only difference is about GPU frequency.
      MTK MT6589M- CPU- 1.2GHz quad-core, GPU- PowerVR SGX544 @ 156 MHz
      MTK MT6589MW- CPU- 1.2GHz quad-core, GPU- PowerVR SGX544 @ 238MHz

  • Brijesh says:

    Hi…you people are really writing very good reviews. I went through few of your reviews and found them very helpful.
    I have a request, could you please write a review for Xolo Q800 X edition and Xolo Q700i.

  • RAJENDRA WAGH says:

    Hello I recently purchased. Colo q800 x edition yesterday I have bsnl broadband with wireless modem at home.but can’t access the net from ADSL WiFi modem on this phone through wlan.please any one help me for it ad ipv4 setting not found to me in this phone…p help me..

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Rajendra,

      Easy Method:
      Please enable DHCP on your router/modem-router. This way you wouldn’t have to worry about IP settings. Tell us enabling DHCP helps.

      Complicated Method:
      1. Enable WiFi and then long press on the SSID(display name) of your home network.
      2. Tap on Modify Network.
      3. Check Show Advanced Options.
      4. Now you have the options to configure Proxy(leave it to none if you dont know what you are doing) and IP Settings.
      5. If you want to configure a static IP address for your phone then select Static otherwise leave it to DHCP.

      Tip: Many a times it is an issue with the DNS. For faster domain name resolution please switch to Open DNS.
      Primary DNS: 208.67.222.222
      Secondary DNS: 208.67.220.220

  • deepak says:

    hii.. am using XOLO Q800 ..my phone working fyn but it is slightly lagging.i using update of 4.2.1. jb and now i need stock update of that ..whr can i find..kindly pls share the link of that guys……

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Deepak,
      I exactly can’t tell you where you can find the stock firmware but you can try googling for your “Software version”.
      Just go to-> About Phone -> Software Information -> now note the software version.

  • Ajay says:

    Hello,
    I am using XOLO Q800 since last year.
    I had face one problem. When i am talking on one number the another number is not reachable.
    So I cant got even miss call…
    What can I do..
    Please any body help me…..
    Thank you….

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Hi Ajay,
      This happens on all phones having dual-SIM dual-standby. What you can do is forward calls from one number to the others and enable call waiting. That’s it. Now, you will be able to receive calls on the second SIM when you are in a call on the first SIM and vice-versa.

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