XOLO has just recently updated its product portfolio with a new flagship called the Q1000S, a follow up to the fairly popular Q1000. The Q1000S sits higher up in the price segment and faces stiff competition from the Canvas 4 by Micromax. Both handsets are similar in terms of specifications and features so it will ultimately boil down to the price and personal brand preference. Let’s see if the Canvas 4 can hold its own against the XOLO’s latest offering.
Design and Build
The Q1000 was a bit of a chunky monkey and felt rather cumbersome in your hand but all that’s sorted out with the new S variant. The new handset measures just 6.9mm and is lighter as well at 158gm. XOLO has ditched the plastic back for a metal one and in doing so has made the battery non-removable. We don’t really care though as the new design looks really slick and since the 5-inch display is more vertical (like the iPhone 5) than horizontal (Galaxy Note), it’s easier to grip as well. We also have added protection in the form of Asahi's Drangontrail Glass. We found the button placement really awkward; however, as the power button is on the left just below the volume rocker it makes it really inconvenient.
Slimmer and lighter than its predecessor
The headphone and microUSB port is placed on the top and on the right side we have a full-sized SIM slot. Quite surprisingly, there’s no storage expansion capabilities on the Q1000S which means the onboard 16GB will have to suffice. Around the back, we have a 13MP shooter and a single LED flash. Overall, the Q1000S is definitely a striking phone and a big upgrade in terms of chassis design compared to its predecessor. The phone comes bundled with an extra screen guard, charger and earphones. There’s already a factory fitted screen guard on the phone. Overall, the build of the Q1000S is very good however, the finish of the paint job and attention to detail could have been better as it lacks a premium feel.
A metal back is a welcome change
The Q1000S boasts of a 5-inch HD IPS display which is sharp and produces very good colours. As a bonus, you also get good viewing angles and the sun light legibility is average, not great. The sensitivity of the display is spot on as well and we rarely had any issues with inputs not being registered.
Stock Jelly Bean UI
The handset comes bundled with a stock version of Jelly Bean 4.2.1 with very little interference from XOLO. In fact, they haven’t even bothered with toggle switches in the notification bar this time. What you’re left with is a smooth Nexus-like experience which is great. Apart from the standard suite of Google apps, we also have some XOLO exclusives like XOLO Care, XOLO Power and XOLO Secure.
The Q1000S is powered by the faster MediaTek MT6589T SoC which is priced at 1.5GHz. The slight speed bump shows up in benchmarks but in the real world, you’ll barely notice any difference when compared to the Canvas 4. There’s 1GB of RAM as well, which makes loading of apps and switching between them pretty quick and seamless.
Audio is handled by the stock music player which has limited functionality. Audio quality is once again average with a good pair of IEMs. The loudspeaker has a fairly high volume level and is audible even in noisy environments.
The stock music player
Video playback too is handled well by the stock player and 1080p files playback just fine. Supported video codecs include MKV, AVI, MOV and MP4.