Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Dummie's review of XOLO Q800

Xolo Q800 is arguably one of the best budget android phones available in the Indian mobile industry in the category of under 10k mobile phones. It boasts of an Intel atom processor on a mediatek chipset. The Intel brand name infuses lot of trust among the consumers who are flocking to buy this phone.

Key specs:

Display:                              4.5 inches (measured diagonally)
Processor:                          Intel atom 1.2 GHz quad core
RAM:                                 1 GB
OS:                                     Android 4.1.2
Internal Storage:              4gb
External Storage:              MicroSD card upto 32 gb
Rear Camera:                   8mp
Front Camera:                  1mp
Flash:                                 Yes, 1 LED Flash
No. of SIMs:                      2 (GSM)
Bluetooth:                          2.0
USB:                                  Yes, but USB On The Go not available. i.e. you cannot connect a hard
                                           drive/ memory stick directly to your mobile.
HDMI:                              No
Battery:                             2100MAh
Price:                                 INR 10,250


Cost: Its very cheap and value for money.
RAM: 1 GB RAM is good for most of the applications/games available under the Google Play Store.
Battery: Long lasting. Will last for 1.5 days under moderate use.
Camera: Rear 8mp shooter is a very decent one.


Display seems washed out
OS version is not the latest one and isn't as stable as 4.2.2
Internal storage is just 4 gb, which won't be enough if you want to play heavy duty games as their
size take up GBs of space.
Outdated Bluetooth version
HDMI port is sourly missed. So, no TV out for this one.

Even with all these pros and cons, it sure is a great package deal for someone who doesn't want to invest a lot on his/ her mobile phone and is a moderate user. For the relatively advance users/ geeks, there already are many ROMs making the rounds with various additional features and tweaks, making it even more lucrative.


My final advise will be a "Yes" for Q800, only if you are a first time buyer.
I would rather prefer its recently launched cousin Q700 as it packs an even better deal.

Keep watching this space for a similar review of Xolo Q700.

p.s. for the advanced users, you can play with the engineering menu of this phone by entering: *#446633# This will give you access to the systems menu and you will be able to tweak the hardware settings, like increasing the audio levels, test various hardware components etc. But, please do it at your own risk as its not meant fr the novice.

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