Up-and-rising Indian mobile device maker Xolo intends to begin 2014 on a high note, probably the highest in the company’s history, unleashing its first ever Full HD-toting, 2 GB RAM-sporting beast.
Best of all, the 5.7-inch Xolo Q3000 is not too lavishly priced. It’s not cheap either, at an MSRP of $338, or Rs. 20,999, but when compared with flagships from household names in the industry, like Samsung, Sony, HTC or LG, it’s darn affordable. Plus, it can be scored with a discount already, for $330 (Rs. 20,579) via Snapdeal.
Granted, it’s no match for the Galaxy Note 3, GS4 or Sony Xperia Z1 in terms of raw performance, packing, like so many other Indian-focused “high-enders”, quad-core MediaTek speed.
But at the end of the day, the bang for buck factor looks unbeatable and unmatchable. For half of what the Note 3 costs, the Q3000 offers an identical (on paper) 5.7-inch panel with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, two thirds of its RAM (2 gigs) and, get this, a more spacious battery (4,000 mAh).
Since the MediaTek processor is in theory kinder to autonomy than the juice-dripping Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, the Q3000 is rated at an astounding 33 hours of 2G continuous talk time, which for once doesn’t sound exaggerated.
So there’s incredible battery life, a vibrant display and smooth multitasking. What about the design? Well, don’t ask me how, but Xolo’s engineers have managed to keep the bulk in check, as the Q3000 measures just 8.9 mm in thickness.
Then you get a 13 MP rear-facing camera with BSI sensor and 1,080p video capturing, a secondary 5 MP front snapper, dual-SIM and microSD support, GSM, WCDMA, GPS and Wi-Fi. No 4G LTE, I’m afraid, and an aging copy of Android, i.e. 4.2 Jelly Bean, but hey, they had to cut corners somewhere, and it’s best the RAM or battery weren’t harmed.
Nicely done, Xolo, and welcome to the Full HD/2 GB RAM club! How about a “true” octa-core slab of silicon with 3 GB RAM and KitKat next?