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Xolo Q1010i Complete Hands On Review

Updated on September 1, 2014

Xolo has been doing quite well in the smartphone industry, since their inception 2 years ago. They have been launching phones in all segments and most of them have been performing great. They recently launched the Q1010i which was the successor to the Q1010. There are some great differences between these two phones and this phone has been getting positive reviews from everywhere. If you’ve bought this phone, you’ve taken a brilliant decision and I am sure you will not be disappointed. For those of you who are planning to buy this phone, I would tell you to check out the other alternatives like ZenFone 5 or Xiaomi Mi3 (if you get one). Now, lets check out this phone.

Ratings

3 stars for Xolo Q1010i
Xolo Q1010i
Xolo Q1010i

Design and Looks

If you’re a fan of Xolo’s design this phone would surely impress you. For others, it might be a little repetitive. Xolo’s phones have all been designed quite similarly. Xolo Q1000, Q1010 and Q1010i have similar designs. The Q1010i has got a chrome strip connected with the camera to stand off from its brothers. Talking about the overall look of the phone, it is good. It feels great in your hand and it is not too light nor too heavy. At the front there is the Xolo branding on the top and there are three touch capacitative buttons. The phone is quite thin, which you can see while turning at around. At just 8.33mm, you can easily slip it into your pocket. Behind, as I said earlier, there is the camera with the chrome strip and there is a Xolo branding at the centre. There is also the loudspeaker, which I liked very much, due to its quality (obviously).

Screen

This is where Xolo steals the show. The 5-inch HD screen is just amazing. The picture quality and the overall depth and density of the colors are awesome. The resolution is 720x1280 which brings the pixel density to nearly 294 ppi. It has a scratch resistant screen the glass is called Asahi Scratch Resistant Glass. There are people who’ve tried scratching the screen with keys and they’ve not got any scratches.

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Hardware

Talking about the hardware, Xolo has managed to pack a lot of things into this phone. Starting of with the CPU, it is a MediaTek MT6582 chipset with a quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The clock speed is a little low for my liking but this phone is a great performer. For all your gaming needs, there is the Mali-400MP2 GPU clocked at 416 MHz. It is quite good for gaming and watching videos. HD games are just playable due to the fact that this phone has 1 GB of RAM. Asphalt 8 ran smoothly without any hiccups. According to the benchmarks, the graphics department scores are bit low and the Mali-400MP2 GPU is not sufficient. You may run into trouble while playing intense Full HD games.

Here is a review from PhoneBunch

Camera

This phone is renowned for its camera. Why? Because the camera is made by none other than our very own Sony. This is what their site says, “A bigger pixel size of 1.4µm allows an enhanced image quality that comes alive. Reproduce actual scenes with a 5P lens module that reduces optical aberrations. f 2.0 aperture captures 40% more light for superior low-light performance”. Does it keep up with the expectations? Yes it does.

In daylight as well as low light conditions, the photos that were taken were just awesome. The Sony Exmor R sensor really does its job. There is not a single phone in this budget category that can produce such phontos. It is a really smart move by Xolo to incorporate Sony’s sensor which is widely used in their CyberShot cameras. The camera can take full HD videos at 30 fps. There are loads of features for the camera like auto focus, scene detection and tuning, High Dynamic Range (HDR), low light enhancement, face recognition, vertical and horizontal panorama capture and geo-tagging. The front 2 megapixel camera is an utter disappointment on the other hand as it produces low quality images.

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Performance

Overall performance of this device is really good. There is no lag at all. Heating issues are prevalent during constant usage which is very common in almost all of the Android phones. The phone comes with Android 4.2.2 and Xolo has rolled out the update for KitKat. Many users have already updated the phone and they’re pretty happy about it. The phone has got non-removable battery. It is an Li-Ion battery of 2250 mAh and it can last you for about 12 hours with moderate usage. The SAR rating is also really low at 0.49 W/kg (head) and 0.91 W/kg (body). The phone has 8 GB of internal memory and is expandable upto 32 GB via microSD. So, there is room for all your stuff.

Verdict

I would not recommend this phone. Basically it is because there are a lot of better alternatives with better specifications than this phone, at the same price range (Rs.12,499). There is the Asus ZenFone 5 and the Xiaomi Mi3 which are priced almost similarly and give almost 10 times better performance than this phone. But for those of you who’ve already bought this phone, it is a decision that you will not regret.

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