The XOLO Q1010i is an upgrade over the previous version with a new 8 MP camera which now uses a Sony Exmor R Sensor alongwith 8 GB of internal storage as opposed to 4 GB on the Q1010. Rest everything remains the same including the 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU, 1 GB RAM running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean upgradable to KitKat. Let's see if there are anything new in our Unboxing of the XOLO Q1010i.
In the Box
XOLO it seems likes to pack quite a lot of stuff with their phones to appease customers. Believe us when we say, just the phone's enough as XOLO phones have way better build quality than the competition. Same goes for the Q1010i.
Anyway you get a lot of stuff in the box, including:
MicroUSB Data-syncing/Charging cable
USB OTG Cable
Warranty and User Guides
The accessories are good in quality.
The XOLO Q1010i comes with a vibrant 5-inch IPS HD (720x1280 pixels) One Glass Solution equipped (OGS) display. Its also protected with a Asahi Dragontrail Scratch Resistant glass. There's a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 chipset powering the smartphone with Mali-400MP2 GPU clocked at 500 MHz. We have already seen the chipset perform brilliantly on the Q2500 as well.
The main attraction here is the 8 MP camera with a Sony Exmor R Sensor capable of recording 1080p videos. A single LED-flash is also there at the back alongwith a secondary noise-cancellation microphone. There's a 2 MP front-facing camera as well. Like every other XOLO device, the Q1010i too is a dual-SIM device and uses two micro-SIM card slots. You have 8 GB of internal storage which is expandable using a microSD card upto 32 GB. A 2250 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery is also present there.
You also have the usual Proximity and Light sensors alongwith a Gravity sensor. Connectivity options include 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with aGPS support, FM Radio as well as USB OTG.
There's the vibrant 5-inch 720p IPS display up-front which is covered in scratch resistant glass. You also have 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display which do light up but have a very weak backlight. There's also the 2 MP front-facing camera, proximity and light sensors up top alongwith a notification LED in between. You also have the main earpiece there. The monotonicity of the front glass panel is broken by a thin strip of matte plastic just below the capacitive buttons which although doesn't serve any purpose does give the phone a more rounded look which would otherwise look like a black glass slab. The sides of the front panel have a lip to protect the display from coming in contact when placed on a flat surface. The earpiece too is black in color melding very well into the overall aesthetic of the phone. Overall, its a stylish phone, which can't be said about most phones in this segment.
Coming to the left you have a very sturdy volume rocker in the same metallic shade as the side trim which is again very glossy. On the right you have an equally sturdy power lock/unlock key which offers good feedback. We would have liked both the volume rocker and the power button to be on the right side, but both are still very easily reachable with one hand. Its a very thin device measuring in at about 8.3 mm. The sides do help in gripping the phone well.
Moving to the top you have the 3.5mm audio jack while the microUSB data-syncing/charging port finds a place at the bottom alongwith the primary microphone. The port arrangement is fine, the 3.5mm audio jack is a bit offset to the left which is how we prefer it to be and the microUSB port is centered.
The backcover has a very nice matte finish, its dark grey in color and it oozes style and simplicity at the same time. At the top you will find the glossy side trim entering the back to lay over the 8 MP camera with Sony Exmor R Sensor, a secondary noise-cancellation microphone and the LED Flash. You then have a very subtle engraved XOLO logo with a silver finish, again classy. While at the bottom a bit offset to the left is the speakerphone grill again very subtle.
If we speak about the build of the backcover, its definitely a bit flimsy. It bends really easily but when on the phone its absolutely solid. But that's more to do with the construction of the phone which comes with a non-removable Li-Po 2250 mAh battery leading to the overall rigidity of the build. On opening the backcover, its one of the sweetest insides you have ever seen on a phone.
On the left you have the two microSIM card slots while on the right you have place for the microSD card slot which can take upto 32 gigs of storage. Then just below you have the non-removable battery which is covered under a strip of metal. Everything just sits perfectly in place without any moving parts. There is no creaking, no hollow spots, no noisy keys absolutely nothing annowing about the build of the XOLO Q1010i, which to tell you the truth is what we have come to expect of XOLO. As a brand they make the best phones in terms of quality even beating Samsung to an extent although at much lower price-points.
The XOLO Q1010i comes with a new 8 MP camera which now uses a Sony Exmor R Sensor for better image quality, we will definitely be checking that out. You also get an additional 4 GB of internal storage, increasing the total to 8 GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable. But that's not all, it has a vibrant, colorful 720p HD IPS display with One Glass Solution tech for better contrast and touch response. The XOLO Q1010i definitely succeeds at that front, the display is amazingly good, atleast in our initial opinion of it. The touch response is great and so are the contrast levels.
The build is also superb, it retains the same classy design of the Q1010 which was already admired by all. There's just nothing that's amiss with the Q1010i, its beautiful to look at, it performs superbly, now has an even better camera and comes in at just about Rs. 12,500. Then you also get additional accessories like a free-flip cover, a screenguard and a USB OTG cable within the box sweetening the deal. It seems you just can't go wrong with a XOLO these days, but we will still reserve our final opinion till the Full Review and will shortly upload benchmarks, Gaming Review as well as a separate Camera Review. Do subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself in the loop.