XOLO had launched their latest Android smartphone, the Q900 few months back. The device is a mid range phone which boasts of decent hardware. The phone comes with a 4.7 inch HD display with LCD panel. It runs on 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM and comes with Android 4.2 out of the box. There is also a 8MP camera with auto focus and LED flash. The device also comes with a 2MP front facing camera. It has 4GB internal memory which can be expanded upto 32GB using a microSD card.
The device comes with dual SIM support, with one SIM supporting 3G and second one 2G. It also features a 1800mAh battery. Today, we will have a detailed review of the device.
The box includes
- Xolo Q900 smartphone
- 1800 mAh battery
- 2-pin charger
- micro USB cable
- Screen guard
- Cleaning cloth
- Quick start guide
- Safety, Warranty and Legal guide
Here is the video review of the device, for the text version read on.
Design, Build and Display:
The device has a traditional design for an Android smartphone, but the build quality is really good, but strong glossy plastic finish at the back. The front panel has aluminium frame which adds a premium feel, but the bezel could have been smaller and then device could have been sleeker. The front panel has the three capacitive touch buttons. Then there is the normal Android smartphone keys which include power button, volume keys, 3.5 mm jack and the micro USB charging slot.
The back panel has the 8MP primary camera and also the LED flash unit. The speaker grille is at the bottom left. The SIM-card slots, micro SD slot and a 1,800mAh battery is located underneath the back panel. The device comes with a a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The display is pretty good on the device with good brightness levels, but the viewing angles aren’t too great. Overall, the display is good, but XOLO could have done better with the display unit, while the build quality if solid for a device in this price range.
User Interface and Performance:
XOLO Q900 comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. The UI of the phone is pretty similar to the core Android and there is very little customizations from XOLO. In most of the tasks we put the device to, it was able to run smoothly with the help of the quad-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM. There was no lag in the UI nor performance issues.
At the same time the Mediatek Quad core chipset was not great with the gaming performance. when playing graphic rich games like Asphalt you can clearly see the lag in the graphics. But games with lower graphics works really well on the phone. XOLO has added two useful apps, namely the XOLO Power and XOLO Security. XOLO Power is an useful app to monitor the battery on the phone. It shows the remaining battery level, temperature of the smartphone’s battery, estimation hours of usage left if for certain activities and data on the CPU usage.
XOLO Security comes with anti-theft options, which allows you to remotely track your device, wipe data, secure lock, secretly capture photo and a few other similar useful features.
The device comes with a 8.0MP primary camera with LED flash. The interface of the camera is pretty decent and you can also shoot videos in 1080p full HD mode. The camera has quite a lot of options including Face Detection, Self Timer, continuous shot etc.
Apart from this, the camera also features modes like HDR, Panorama etc. The 8.0MP camera is just average and the daylight shots are decent. The colors and sharpness levels aren’t great on the device. The low light performance of the camera isn’t good and the camera is good only for daylight shots.
XOLO Q900 comes with a 1800mAh battery which lasts for almost a day with normal usage. If you use both the SIM cards, the battery lasts less than a day. But you can always tweak it with the help of XOLO Power app included in the phone.
The XOLO Q900 is a decent offering from XOLO with a price tag of around Rs 11000 and comes with good hardware and decent build quality. The device feels solid in hand and also the performance is good for its price. But XOLO could have done better with the camera which isn’t great on the device.