XOLO Q3000 review – Good but Octa Core is here!

Key features on the XOLO Q3000 are the 5.7 inch FHD screen and 4000 mAh battery. The Q3000 is powered by MT6589T processor clocked at 1.5GHz. This dual SIM handset is available in the market for approx Rs. 20,500.

Q3000 Box Pack
Inside there is the big XOLO Q3000 handset with a 5.7 inch screen, a free flip cover that you will need to attached to the back cover, screen guard, data cable, OTG cable, 4000 mAh battery, XOLO quick start guide and warranty booklet.

Design, Display and OS
This handset comes with a bigger screen and a bigger battery of 4000 mAh capacity. The handset weight with battery is 202 grams, thickness is 9.69mm, breadth is 81.66mm and length is over 151mm.

There are 3 touch sensitive back-lit buttons on the front bottom; sensors / in call speaker and 5MP front camera on the front top. Power button on right, volume rockers on left and micro USB port + 3.5mm audio jack on the top side.

XOLO Q3000 unboxing

The rear side is matte finish with a very good grip. The 5.7 inch IPS screen is with 1920×1080 pixels resolution with 16M colours. Touch is responsive, smooth and viewing angles are pretty good. There is accelerometer, proximity, light, gyro and magnetic sensors.  Handset runs on Android 4.2.1 and there is LED notification.

Memory and Storage
Q3000 houses 2GB RAM and 16GB storage plus micro SD card support of up to 32GB. Of the 2GB RAM you will get around 1.4GB free. Of the 16GB storage 12GB is allocated as phone storage and 0.98GB for apps. The rest of the space is allocated for the system. OTG is supported and you can install apps on external storage.

Q3000 Performance
This dual SIM handset is using the MT6589T MediaTek quad core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz with PowerVR SGX 544 MP GPU. It is with the same hardware that powers the Micromax Canvas Turbo A250. Performance is near about the same.

XOLO Q3000 power button

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 5730.
  • AnTuTu – 15438.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 1554, Metal 584.
  • Nenamark 2 – 34.0 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

13MP Camera and Entertainment
The rear 13MP camera quality is good, however the Magnus A117 camera still looks the best. Full HD video recording is pretty good. There is 5MP front camera with average output. You can check the sample images and videos at the end of the article.

XOLO Q3000 13MP camera with flash

Gaming Review
I could play the MC4 and Asphalt 8 game. These games got installed on the external storage. Though the Modern combat 4 game is playable there is a mild lag / frame drop. The lag was also found on Asphalt 8 with high graphic mode, if you switch to low graphics mode you get better control and smoother game play.

There is one hand operation app that reduces the screen size i.e. a smaller screen within the big screen (check video review). The one hand operation app slows down the system though.

XOLO Q3000 hands on

3G(42Mbps), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked well. The GPS is with EPO and A-GPS support; make sure you enable EPO and enable EPO downloads. GPS lock was pretty impressive with 2 seconds. Sound is loud and clear.

4000 mAh Battery
XOLO claims that the battery gives a talk-time of up to 21 hours on 3G and up to 33 hours on 2G. I played the games for about 17 minutes the battery dropped by 6% and when running benchmark apps for approx 19 minutes the battery dropped by 5%. The max temperature was 37 degrees.  I guess you can play high end games continuously for 4 to 6 hours.

XOLO Q3000 4000 mAh battery

The XOLO Q3000 features looks good however the price is just over Rs. 20,000. The Micromax Turbo A250 is a little cheaper but with trimmed features (smaller screen / battery mAh). In general the Q3000 looks good (high end game play will be bit laggy) but octa cores have already made their way into the market, pricing wise it is cheaper or about the same.

Image Gallery

Sample Images

XOLO Q3000 unboxing and review video

1080p video shot using Q3000

MC4 + Asphalt 8 on Q3000

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