Sunday, August 4, 2013

Review: Xolo Q700 - A Value for Money Quad Core Workhorse!

For: Specifications, IPS display, looks, battery life, price.
Against: Too hard to find any! Nit-picking is what all you can do.

The Xolo Q700 has been launched in India at a price of Rs. 10,000 in May 2013. It sports a 4.5 inch IPS  qHD Capacitive Touchscreen,  1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor, 1GB RAM,  PowerVR SGX544 GPU,  5 MP Primary Camera, 4 GB internal memory, Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB and  Android™ v4.2 Jelly Bean.

How often do you hear of a Quad Core Android smartphone available for less than ten thousand rupees? I am sure not quite often but this will not be the case anymore now with players like Lava International bringing budget quad core smartphones loaded with features at mouth-watering prices! It is in fact, a win win situation for consumers as quad core battle has entered the sub Rs 10K category.  Today I am talking about Lava’s XOLO Q700, a smartphone which has impressed me lately.


Screen & Build Quality

The Dual SIM Xolo Q700 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD OGS IPS Display with 540 x 960 pixels, 16M colors and 245 ppi pixel density. The glossy screen has a VGA front camera and a light sensor. The screen panel is rich glossy black which is quite reflective and it in fact acts like a spare mirror when the screen is off! Switch on the phone and you will love the vibrant display. The icons, pictures look sharp thanks to the qHD resolution. Touch response is fairly decent. As common with all phones, the screen does gets muggy even with a short period of use. A good quality screen cover is recommended.


‘An Exquisite phone’ would be an understatement for this device. Grab the phone in your hands and it will definitely feel premium with its nice matt finish back cover and shiny frame edges. Body is quite rugged and it doesn’t feel fragile. I would not hesitate to say that the build quality of this phone will put Samsung’s offering in similar segment to shame! The rear camera has a nice chrome finish boundary which looks classy. The phone weighs just over 150 grams/10.2 mm thick and  will rest comfortably in your pockets.

Camera, Buttons & call/audio quality

Q700 comes with a 5 MP camera capturing images of 2592х1944 pixels with LED flash. The camera has necessary features like autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus; face detection, image stabilization, HDR and panorama. It also records 720p videos @30fps. Secondary camera is VGA type for video chatting purposes. Image quality is surprisingly good for daytime images. Autofocus is bit shy to lock every time I tried to take a close up but overall camera is good. Front VGA camera is of below average quality and nothing to write home about but I will not complain because at this price point it is justified.

The power button is on right side with volume rocker on left side. There is no dedicated camera button which was neither expected. Call quality is decent, so is the microphone quality. Note that this is a dual sim phone (GSM + GSM).  Loud speaker volume is also nice. On top, you find a data cum charging port along with a usual 3.5mm audio jack. Lava supplies a push in type earphones which offers satisfactory sound quality.

OS/Performance and Battery

Q700 comes with Android JellyBean  4.2.1 which must be upgraded to 4.3 in sometime. The 1.2 Ghz quad core processor coupled with 1GB RAM handles JellyBean quite well resulting in decent performance and application response. Xolo has added few proprietary apps like Xolo power, Xolo secure, Xolo switch and Xolo care. I am not sure if they are of any real use or installed just for the sake of it. Q700 does not have multi-window feature.  Performance is not an issue with this phone as it handles almost every application thrown to it. Navigating through apps was smooth and snappier. The graphic processor handled 3D games and HD videos pretty well. During my usage, I never noticed a single lag or hitch while operating the phone.

Xolo Q700 is equipped with a massive 2400 mAh Li-Ion battery which provides fantastic talk time/standby time and even power users will find it just perfect. It will easily last a day without fuzz.


If you are not a Brand obsessed person and looking for an Android Smartphone in 10-15K category, look no further than a Xolo Q700. All in all, it is a phone which offers maximum bang for the buck!

Ratings (out of 5 stars)
Build Quality ****
Screen ****
Performance ****
Value for Money *****
Overall ****

Thanks folks for reading.


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Varun Reddy said...

You could almost argue that the way to shop for a phone is to pick the case you want and then find the phone that fits inside. Most smartphones work well anyway – you'd be hard-pressed to find one that doesn't do its job. Finding one that fits me, the way I see myself and want to be seen by others, is much harder.