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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.
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
|Processor (CPU)||1.2GHz Quad-core Cortex A7|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX 544mp @ 238MHz|
|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|
|Memory||Internal 4GB (Available- 1737.4 MB), upto 32GB via microSD card|
|Connectivity USB||Micro USB v2.0|
|HSPA+||Downlink- 21Mbps, Uplink- 5.76Mbps|
|WLAN||802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct|
|GPS||With A-GPS Support|
|Dimensions||135.5 x 67 x 9.6 mm|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light sensor, Gyroscope, Compass|
|Online Price||11500 INR|
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The Q800 doesn’t stand out in the crowd of today’s smartphones owing to its outdated and common design.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
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 features
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
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
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
|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 VerdictOnly 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.
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