Xolo has always been bold enough to experiment with new Smartphone Chipsets. Xolo X900 was the first phone to ship with Intel’s X86 Atom processor and the same panache was visible in Xolo’s Nvidia Tegra smartphones like Xolo Play T1000 and Xolo Tegra Note. Xolo also launched Xolo Q1000 Opus, which comes with Broadcom’s BCM23550 low cost quad core chipset, priced under 10k mark. Let’s take a detailed look at spec sheet of the first Broadcom powered smartphone in India.
Camera and Internal Storage
The Camera enclosed in Xolo Q1000 Opus has a 5 MP camera at the back and the features include LED Flash and Panorama mode. The basic camera module is capable of 720p camera module. A front VGA camera is also present for video calling. Various smartphones like Xolo’s own quad core Xolo q800 will offer you an 8 MP camera in almost the same price segment.
The Internal storage is 4 GB and can be extended to 32 GB using MicroSD card. The storage is again very basic but won’t be a deal breaker considering the price range. The USB OTG support will however simplify storage issues to a large extent as it allows you to store heavy content on a flash drive and directly connect it to your smartphone.
Processor and Battery
The Xolo Q1000 Opus employs Broadcom’s BCM23550 quad core chipset with 4 cores based on Cortex A7 ARM architecture clocked at 1.2 GHz. The NEON technology incorporated in this chipset makes it capable of supporting large number of video codecs and also giving you faster multimedia performance. NEON will give 60-150% performance boost on complex video codecs and also helps with better power efficiency. The GPU assisting the processor is VideoCore IV GPU.
The Battery capacity is 2000 mAh and Xolo claims this will give you 11 hours of talk time on 3G and 18 hours on 2G. The Standby time of up to 700 h (2G) and up to 526 h (3G) is also comfortably above average in this price range. This is better than what most other phones are offering at this price range.
Display and Other Features
The IPS LCD display is 5 inches in size and sports 480 x 854 pixel FWVGA resolution which amounts to 196 pixels per inches. The display is large in size, but your texts will be softer. If you want a better resolution 5 inch display below 10 k mark you can opt for phones like Lava Iris 503.
The phone runs on Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system which will provide you with rich android experience. Xolo Q1000 Opus will support Dual SIM functionality and will accept 2 Mini SIM cards. The RAM capacity of 1 GB is sufficient for smooth multitasking.
Looks and Connectivity
The Xolo Q1000 Opus looks like conventional Xolo Handset with bulging camera module at the back. The body dimensions are 143.3 x 72.9 x 9 mm. The looks are quite similar to Xolo Q1000, but the camera module and proximity sensor are situated on the same side of the ear piece on the front side. You can watch our Hands On video at the end for complete view of Xolo Q1000 Opus.
Connectivity features include 3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS.
This phone will compete against other low cost quad core chipsets in and around the range of 10,000 INR like Xolo Q700, Xolo Q800, Karbonn Titanium S2, iBall Andi 5H Quadro and Intex Aqua i6. If you are looking for a 5 inch display smartphone below 10k mark you can also read the linked article.
|Xolo Q1000 Opus
|5 Inch, FWVGA
|1.2 GHz Quad Core
|4 GB, MicroSD support
|Android 4.2 Jelly bean
|5 MP/ 0.3 MP
The Xolo Q1000 Opus seems like a decent smartphone with the processing power of 4 cores. The Broadcom chipset looks pretty impressive on paper and we can’t wait to spend more time with it. The Smartphone offers good value for money with a large sized display and above average battery backup, something that is rare in sub 10k budget android price range.