XOLO Q1100 review – a Moto G competitor?

The XOLO Q1100 come is powered by MSM8228 qualcomm snapdragon 1.4GHz quad core chipset running Android 4.3 with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The handset comes loaded with some unique features and is priced at approx Rs. 14,000.

Q1100 box pack
The box contains the handset, screen guard, a free flip cover (artificial leather), data cable, 2000 mAh battery, warranty / user guide, travel charger and earphone.

Design and Display
The XOLO Q1100 has got a stylish look, a curvier bottom and almost black screen. You may have noticed that most of the XOLO handset are uniquely designed. The build quality is very good, but it is delicate. The back cover is black color with matte finish. A free flip cover is included in the box, it is similar to as seen on the XOLO Q1010 handset, but without the threading (style).

This handset houses dual SIM slots, you need two normal SIM’s. XOLO Q1100 weight with battery is 149 grams and dimensions are 70.78 x 143.17 x 8.45mm.

xolo q1100 box pack

The screen is 5 inches OGS and IPS with supported resolution of 1280×720 pixels. Screen comes with factory fitted screen guard. Touch is smooth and viewing angles are good. There are 3 touch sensitive dedicated buttons on the front bottom, micro USB on the bottom side with mic, power button on the right, volume rockers on the left and 3.5mm audio jack on the top. The Q1100 comes with accelerometer, light, proximity and magnetic sensors.

Memory, Storage and OS
Of the 1GB RAM 413MB is available (on the first boot). Of the 8GB storage there is a single space of 5.6GB assigned for apps. Micro SD card of up to 32GB is supported and you can install apps on the external storage, OTG however is not supported.

xolo q1100 unboxing

This handset runs on Android 4.3.

Performance
The Moto G handset is still cheaper than this handset, however the G comes with MSM8226 chipset where as the Q1100 is with 8228 chipset. Q1100 is powered by 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8228 quad core chipset coupled with Adreno 305GPU clocked at 450 MHz.

xolo q1100 micro USB port

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 9448.
  • AnTuTu – 18741.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 2152, Metal 614.
  • Nenamark 2 – 56.8 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

The benchmark scores are slightly better than as compared with the Moto G handset.

xolo q1100 review and gaming review

Entertainment and Gaming
The Q1100 can play full HD videos in H/W as well as S/W mode. The sound I felt was lower than as experienced on other handsets.

Asphalt 8 got some new updates as a result I had to download the whole data file once again. MC4 and Asphalt 8 got installed on the external storage. Game play was smooth. Asphalt 8 worked great even in high graphics mode.

xolo q1100 hands on

Camera
The camera is indeed impressive. The street light shot look really good, much brighter. Long shots and close up are as good as seen on other high end phones. The rear 8MP camera can record full HD videos at 15fps and 720p at 30fps. Front camera is 2MP, with decent output. The video quality is good but in 1080p mode it took time auto focusing and in 720p the auto focus is quite erratic.

XOLO will soon roll out camera hawk feature update OTA with a user friendly interface.

xolo q1100 8mp camera

XOLO Q1100 Camera Hawk feature

Others
The handset comes pre-loaded with Snapdragon Battery Guru app that will help improve the battery performance based on your usage. There is an X TransPic app that translates text from Hindi to English and it can also read (voice output). You can use the camera to shoot the text and get it converted right away.

Reverie Phone book is another exciting app that comes pre-installed. It converts phone book content into the supported regional languages. 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked well. GPS is fast, got a lock in less than 3 seconds.

It is a dual SIM handset – SIM 1 supports 3G and SIM 2 supports 2G.

When downloading heavy stuffs using Wi-Fi, many a times the process would stop. I faced some issues with the Cell Broadcast app, it just wouldn’t switch off the notifications.

Battery
The 2000 mAh battery does a good job. I tested it without the battery saver app and also disabled the Snapdragon Battery Guru app. I played around with the benchmark apps for about 21 minutes the battery dropped by 10%. When I played the MC4 and Asphalt 8 game for about 17 minutes the battery dropped by 9%. The max temperature I encountered was 42 degrees.

Battery will last for about 3 to 4 hours with heavy usage i.e. playing high end games or when using heavy apps. The battery charges quickly well under 2 and a half hours.

Verdict
If brand does not matter the XOLO Q1100 is a good alternative to the Moto G handset. Though Moto G is with a tough build the Q1100 is a bit delicate but looks smarter. Q1100 performance is a little better.

This handset is available in retail stores and online.

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Sample Images

XOLO Q1100 handset and gaming review

1080p @ 15fps sample shot using Q1100

720p @ 30fps sample shot using Q1100

Asphalt 8 and MC4 on Q1100 – gaming review

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