Xolo Q800 Review – Full in depth Review
I’ve been using Xolo Q800 since some weeks now and have decided to do a Full in depth Xolo Q800 review. If you’re wondering what’s different in this article, it’s that this is an honest review from an enthusiast user (apparently not a review guy for a website) pointing out the good and bad as they are.
Xolo Smartphones imported from China to India by Lava International Ltd. has been active in India since some time now. If you haven’t heard of them, Xolo is the first company to have released handsets with Intel Chipsets inside,though they weren’t a major hit. But, I am told that these phones are being released worldwide with different names.
Anyways, read on the Xolo Q800 review to see if the handset is really worth a buy.
Xolo Q800 is not much different from any of its predecessors in the Q Series when it comes to design. A Polycarbonate back covers the rear portion of the phone. I’ve seen it slipping out of my hands at times because of the size. But, it happens once in a blue moon.
The Front portion has the 4.5 inch qHD screen. On top of it, you see the call speaker, Front Camera and the Ambient Light Sensor. Below the screen are 3 capacitive buttons for Options, Home and Back as in a typical Android Phone.
The Back portion has the Camera, LED Flash and the speaker at the bottom left portion. Position of the speaker is a bit strange as your hand might cover the speaker when you play games.
The right portion has the volume rockers and power button. The top has the 3.5mm earphone port and the microUSB port.
Apart from that, I found the light from the capacitive buttons moving on to the bottom portion of the screen at times. I blame it on the bad build quality, but a normal eye won’t ever notice that.
Hardware and Performance
I am gonna list down the hardware specs to talk about each one of them one by own:-
- Mediatek MT6589 / Mediatek MT6589M / Mediatek MT6589W-M Quad Core 1.2 GHz Soc.
- Imagination PowerVR SGX544 GPU clocked at 286 MHz.
- 4.5-inch qHD IPS Display(245 PPI) with OGS technology.
- 8MP Camera with BSI sensor.
- 4GB ROM and 1GB RAM.
- Dual SIM (Standby) – One sim 3G and the other 2G.
- Sensors – Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor,Gyroscope,3-Axis Magnetic Sensor.
- 2100 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery.
Now, into the details:-
Mediatek MT6589 / Mediatek MT6589M / Mediatek MT6589W-M Quad Core 1.2 GHz Soc
Xolo Q800 originally shipped with MT6589 Chipsets but, later they changed it to MT6589M or MT6589W-M which are capable of neither recording nor playing 1080p Full HD videos unlike MT6589 which can do both. Though, the price has went down after the change of chipsets the consumers aren’t happy of the fact that this was done without prior notice. But, Xolo has the right to do it and the rumor is that this was done to increase the sales for Xolo Q1000. If you want to know more about the differences between these chipsets, click here or here.
Just an advice for those planning to buy this handset- look for April dated Q800s as they have MT6589 Processor. To be sure, you’d also check the back of the box.
As for these chipsets, they do well for every function this phone supports.
Imagination PowerVR SGX544 GPU clocked at 286 MHz – Gaming
I was satisfied with the performance this GPU delivered when I tried to play games on the phone. I found almost 0% lag on the phone. Thanks to the GPU. I tried games like Dead Trigger, Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers.
Though there wasn’t any lag while playing these games I started finding some lags at times but none of them hindered my gameplay ever. I found glitches at some levels while playing Dead Trigger, but only at the beginning for a second.
4.5-inch qHD IPS Display(245 PPI) with OGS technology
One good thing about this phone is the screen.Built on the One Glass solution, this qHD display with a resolution of 540×960 pixels. The color reproduction on this screen is great and better when compared to its competitors like MMX Canvas 2 HD. The Touch response is good (as should be on a Capacitive Touch Screen)
8MP Camera with BSI sensor
One word for the Camera – “BAD!” I was really disappointed by the Camera that this phone has. The 8MP Camera takes pictures really bad. I experienced blurs every now and then even after trying different modes. Outdoor shots are not bad but, in low light conditions it gets messy and even the LED won’t help.
Another bad thing is that though the Camera can record Full HD videos, it records them in 3gp format which was totally unexpected.
The Front Camera is great for Video calls using the stock dialpad when using it on a 3rd part app like Skype, it gets really dark. Many users have complained of this and some believe that this would be fixed in the next update if there’re any.
4GB ROM and 1GB RAM
The user gets 0.98 GB in the Internal Storage and and 1.70 GB in the Phone Storage. But, you can always expand the memory using a microSD or TransFlash Card utpo 32 GB.
The 1GB RAM bundles with the 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor makes the phone run without any lags. Most of the time, I have a healthy RAM of 500MB + free.
Dual SIM (Standby) – One sim 3G and the other 2G
The SIM functions work perfectly except that fact that some people have complained of 3G services from some network carriers like Aircel not working. No one hasn’t yet found out a solution for this since Xolo won’t co-operate.
Sensors – Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, 3-Axis Magnetic Sensor
Not much to talk about here. They all work as they should be.
2100 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery
Though Xolo Q800 has a 2100 mAh like any other Android it gives a backup of a day to day and a half max with average use – gaming, browsing, etc.
Xolo Q800 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jellybean, but it’d be good to have an official update to Android 4.2. Xolo hasn’t tweaked the stock options of JB very much except adding one of their apps – Xolo Care. The interface is super smooth to work with given the hardware Xolo Q800 has.
Play Store works fine. And, I’ve successfully installed many applications like Google Chrome, MX Player, etc.
The stock video player does play avi files in a good way but I noticed a little out-of-sync areas. Anyways, MX Player fixed that for me.
The Music Player is a major drawback though. It lacks many simple functions like creating a custom playlist for example. So, music lovers won’t love this.
I’d say this is a good phone for the price it’s available in the Indian Market which is around Rs.12000. But, there’re some other things you might have to consider, especially the service. Xolo, in India is really infamous for their after sales service. So, that’s a major drawback. You get a warranty of 1 year with each Xolo product. Apart from that, this is worth a buy.
Pros vs Cons
- Great Price
- Bad Camera
- Bad Music Player
- No OTG
- No Jellybean 4.2 Update yet
Hope you enjoyed the article. I am travelling right now. So, I’ll be updating this article with more photos and a review video soon. Stay tuned and also leave your comments. (1)