Xolo has presented an interesting smartphone dubbed Xolo Q1010i today with its stand out feature being its 8 MP Sony Exmor R sensor. Xolo has also promised Android 4.4 Kitkat update along with some other interesting software tweaks. Let’s discuss.

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Camera and Internal Storage

The 8 MP rear camera has a wide f2.0 aperture for capturing more light from its relatively bigger 1.4 micrometer pixels. This implies enhanced low light performance, which is an area most domestic manufacturers are slacking in. The camera sensor is covered with a 5 element lens to reduce optical aberrations.

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The main rival Moto G slacks in camera department with a modest 5MP rear shooter. Xolo’s strategy will appeal to those looking for a god quality camera in this price range.The rear camera is capable of full HD video recording and is supported by LED flash. A front 2 MP shooter is also present.

The internal storage used in this smartphone is 8 GB, which is again much appreciated as we are not big fans of 4 GB storage which has been a standard for quite some time now. Xolo Q1010, its predecessor also shipped with 4 GB internal storage. MicroSD support up to 32 GB is also present.

Processor and Battery

Processor remains same. Xolo Q1010i runs on MT6582 1.3 GHz quad core processor backed by 1 GB RAM and Mali 400 MP2 GPU clocked at 500 MHz. The processor has proven to be efficient on benchmarks and user experience standards.

Battery rating also remains same at 2250 mAh. According to Xolo, this battery will provide with up to 685 hours of standby time and 9.7 hours of talk time on 3G, which is impressive in this price range. Music playback time is stated at 75 hours approx and the battery will fully charge in 2.9 hours.

Display and Other Features

Xolo has opted for the popular 5 inch display size with 1280 x 720 (HD) pixels spread across it. The display technology used is IPS LCD with OGS for wide viewing angles and closer display experience. The 294 ppi display is protected by Asahi scratch resistant glass also known as Dragon Tail glass.

Software is Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system but it is upgradable and hence you can keep the ambers of Kitkat update burning. Some OPPO N1 type software features are also included. You can now draw ‘e’ on the lock screen to launch browser, ‘c’ for dialer and ‘m’ for camera directly from lock screen. If this works efficiently, it could come in very handy and become a second nature to launch these apps.

Looks and Connectivity

The Dual SIM Xolo Q1010i looks similar to other xolo phones with faux-metallic side edges and three capacitive buttons below the display. Connectivity features include 3G (HSDPA: 21 Mbps, HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG.

Comparison

The primary competition will be Moto G which offers premium android experience and similar specs on paper. It will also compete against phones like Xolo Q1100, Gionee M2, Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini and Karbonn Titanium Octane.

Key Specs

Model Xolo Q1010i
Display 5 Inch , HD
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable
OS Android 4.2 jelly bean, upgradeable
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2250 mAh
Price 13,499 INR

Price and Conclusion

Xolo Q1010i has been priced in the Moto G arena at Rs. 13,499. The phone offers great value for money and can be a game changer for Xolo in this price segment. It is also the first time when domestic brand is aiming to improve camera quality rather than increasing the Megapixel count in this price  range. With a decent battery backup, 5 inch HD display, promising camera and upgradeable Android 4.2 software, this phone checks all right boxes.

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