The Indian smartphone market is now flooded with offerings from Indian
manufacturers along with premium brands. Companies such as Xolo, Lava,
Micromax, Karbonn and Spice are on a roll with new launches coming each
These brands seem to be taking over the budget end of the
market, and consumers are now used to seeing them everywhere. However,
Xolo is trying to establish itself as a premium smart devices brand,
distinct from its parent company Lava. This time around, Xolo has
sourced its processors from Broadcomm, which allows them to offer a
quad-core model at a low price. The Xolo Q1000 Opus just about manages
to squeeze in under Rs. 10,000 with an MRP of Rs. 9,999.
The Q1000 Opus looks great on paper and we had a chance to review it. Let's find out how it performs in reality.
Design and build
front of the Xolo Q1000 Opus features a 5-inch display, with a sensor
array near the earpiece grill alongside a 0.3-megapixel (VGA)
front-facing camera. The three backlit capacitive touch buttons, namely
the menu, home and back keys, are located below the display.
Q1000 feels as bulky as any other 5-inch smartphone, but its thin bezels
make it 4mm less broad than the Galaxy Grand. The body is completely
plastic and prone to fingerprints all over because of the glossiness.
The overall look is similar to any other candybar smartphone you see
nowadays. You also get a bundled flip-case with the device which will
help keep it safe from scratches. The case doesn't automatically put the
phone to sleep or wake it up, like some other smart cases do.
loudspeaker grill is at the bottom of the glossy back panel, while the
5-megapixel camera with BSI sensor is located above it, complete with
LED flash. You can see Xolo's branding on the back, but nowhere else on
The volume rocker keys are on the left edge and the
power/ lock button is located at the right of the Q1000 Opus. A 3.5mm
headset jack is located on the top edge, and a Micro-USB port for
computer connectivity and charging is located on the bottom edge.
The Xolo Q1000 Opus features a 5-inch (FWVGA 480x854 pixels) IPS display. At 196ppi, the display supports 16 million colours.
first you see a bright display with good contrast. It is glossy and very
reflective, so it's also prone to fingerprints. The viewing angles on
the Q1000 Opus are not great and you will have a bit of trouble with
viewing angles outdoors, even with the brightness set to full.
from that, the display is decent to look at, with a high contrast and
decent brightness. Text is clean and sharp, so there is no problem
there. The display reproduces colour well and had good deep black
levels. However, when it comes to watching videos, you will see
pixellation due to the low resolution.
Overall, the Xolo Q1000
Opus has an average display, which should have been better considering
Xolo wants to be a premium brand.
Xolo Q1000 Opus
sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also includes a
0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. There is no dedicated camera key for
quick access and you cannot customise the volume keys for shooting
pictures or for zooming.
The Q1000 Opus comes with the stock
Android camera app, with minimal settings to play around with for still
as well as video capturing. Features like burst mode, self-timer, focus
mode, colour mode and face-detection will come handy while taking
pictures. You'll need an additional camera app if you are looking for
better effects and filters.
The camera on the Q1000 Opus takes
below average quality images for a 5-megapixel unit. Pictures taken in
daylight initially had a lot of white fringing and were pretty awful.
During the course of our testing, the company put out an update
specifically related to the camera app. Images taken after the update
were still not all that good, but at least the fringing problem was
addressed. We hope the company will fix this issue completely with
another update. Pictures taken indoors with the Xolo Q1000 Opus camera
had similar problems.
The camera records 720p HD videos and the quality here too was not up to our standards. Ambient sound was picked up pretty well.
0.3-megapixel front-facing camera has the same while balancing problem
as that of the rear camera. Overall, the cameras on the Q1000 Opus
remain sub-standard. Those who are specifically looking for a decent
camera in their smartphone should avoid the Q1000 completely.
Software and interface
Xolo Q1000 Opus runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The interface on the
device is the same as the stock Jelly Bean UI, with almost no changes by
The lockscreen on the device is same as that of a
stock Jelly Bean phone. You can directly access the camera and add four
The interface is therefore quite simple, with no
gimmicks, and you soon get the hang of it. Xolo hasn't pre-installed
many apps on the device, apart from their Xolo Care, Xolo Power and Xolo
Xolo Care lets you connect to the company's
customer care team via text, call or email. It also lets you check and
update the software, which you would otherwise do from the settings.
Power is a basic battery health monitoring app which shows how much
time is left for various tasks such as audio playback and 3G browsing
etc. Tabs in the app give you quick access to battery saving features
such as a night mode, low battery mode and sync frequency. One other tab
tells you about the current CPU activity.
Xolo Secure is an
anti-theft and security app that lets you remotely track your phone,
make it sound an alarm, wipe out all personal data, and take photos of
anyone who tries to unlock it. If the phone's SIM card is changed, the
app will send alerts to up to two preregistered numbers and your email
address. The app itself can be locked down with a 6-digit PIN. Finally,
while Google automatically backs up contacts, the app promises to also
back up your SMS and call history databases.
Performance and battery life
Xolo Q1000 Opus is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Broadcomm BCM23550
chipset, along with 1GB of RAM. This is the first device by Xolo since
it partnered with Broadcomm. The term "quad-core" has become a selling
point, and we now have multiple such devices under Rs. 10,000 in the
market. Some of them were launched at higher prices but are now selling
below the Rs. 10,000 mark. Thus, Xolo has a number of competitors to
Talking about the smoothness of the device in terms of
usage and multitasking, it didn't impress us. It did lag a little, which
we were not expecting from the quad-core processor.
Internet on the Q1000's native web browser was pretty decent, with quick
page rendering. We also had no trouble with pinch-zooming and touch
selection. Videos loaded fine with little bit of pixellation, which is
normal for a budget-priced phone.
Games like Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfer played very well and the device didn't heat up during continuous gameplay.
Q1000 Opus includes 4GB of inbuilt storage, out of which only 1.68GB is
available to the user. It supports expandable storage up to 32GB via a
The phone supports dual (GSM+GSM) SIM cards. Call
quality and headset speaker volume on the device were decent both
indoors and outdoors.
The phone packs in a 2000mAh battery that
according to the company will provide up to 18 hours of talktime on 2G
and upto 11 hours on 3G. It easily lasted a day with average usage with
the brightness set to 50 percent, Wi-Fi running in the background, and
push notifications from Whatsapp and Facebook enabled. We also put it
through a video loop test to determine the exact battery runtime, and it
did pretty well, lasting 6 hours and 39 minutes.
The quality of audio on the Xolo Q1000 Opus headphones is average and the output via loudspeakers is not that bad either.
Xolo Q1000 Opus is a 5-inch budget smartphone with a quad-core
processor and 1GB of RAM. It is priced at Rs. 9,999 by the company, but
the market price for the device at the time of the review was between
Rs. 8,500 and Rs. 9,000. The phone is mostly capable when it comes to
multitasking, and is good for the price in terms of look and build
The camera is the main drawback of the Q1000 Opus. If
you are willing to extend your budget slightly then we would suggest the
Lava Iris 504Q. If you are not able to extend the budget at all and are
not too picky about the brand, you could look at the Zen Ultrafone
701HD, which is now available around Rs. 8,500 and offers better overall
If you are looking for a capable smartphone in the
same price range and don't mind the Windows Phone 8 platform, the Nokia
is a great option, offering better build quality, overall user
experience, and camera quality.
Xolo Q1000 Opus in pictures