Xolo and Sony are just two of the brands working in the ultra-competitive ‘under Rs10,000′ market. In this comparison, we’re setting up the Sony Xperia E along side the Xolo Q700 to evaluate how they value up.
Overall performance is determined by the processor and here, the Sony Xperia E features a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon Cortex A5 CPU. Its Xolo Q700 rival revs along with a MTK 6589W-M quad-core Cortex A7 chip clocking along at 1.2GHz. Memory is important for any device and here, the Xolo unit has 1 GB of memory at its disposal while the Sony Xperia E receives a 512 MB cache. The Xolo unit comes with a good-sized 4.5-inch panel using IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen technology with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels pixels. Meanwhile its rival gets a 320 x 480 pixels pixel panel sized up to 3.5 inches made from TFT capacitive touchscreen technology. With gaming so important in these devices, you’ll find the new Xolo Q700 gets a PowerVR SGX544 graphics core and the Sony Xperia E runs through games on its Adreno 200 integrated option.
When it comes to internal long-term storage, both phones get 4 GB of flash. But if you need more than the internally supplied storage, they both offer microSD, up to 32 GB. If the operating system is a make-or-break option, you’ll find the Xolo Q700 runs the latest version of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) inside; the Sony Xperia E features Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to handle apps and games.
As for portable power, you can never really have too much of this and the Xolo Q700 delivers a 2400mAh Li-Ion battery inside whereas the Sony Xperia E comes up with a 1530mAh Li-Ion battery to keep you going.
You get good network coverage from both devices with the Sony device featuring 2G support over the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz bands and 3G coverage via 900 / 2100MHz; as for the Xolo Q700, it provides 3G coverage over 2100 MHz while it uses the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz ranges to deliver 2G connectivity. Wireless connectivity is delivered through the 802.11 b/g/n-standard on both phones and for personal wireless peripherals, the Sony Xperia E will keep you connected through Bluetooth v2.1 but the Xolo Q700 has Bluetooth v3.0.
If you need a camera, you’ll have one here – the Sony Xperia E has a 3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels) camera on the back for photos but no front-facing camera. The Xolo Q700 does a bit better – a 5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus image sensor of the back while a simpler VGA camera on the front gets the job done. And if you want to do some video recording, you can do that on the Sony Xperia E up to VGA@30fps, but the Xolo Q700 can also video-record up to 720p@30fps.
All of those features are squeezed into a reasonably tight space with the Xolo Q700 measuring 135.8 x 67.5 x 10.2 mm and weighing in at 151.3 grams. By contrast, the Sony Xperia E tips the scales at 115.7 grams and measures 113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm. The Sony Xperia E was announced in December 2012 while the Xolo Q700 first appeared in May 2013. Both phones retail for around Rs9,990.
NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.
|Model||Sony Xperia E||Xolo Q700|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon Cortex A5||MediaTek MTK 6589W-M quad-core Cortex A7|
|Clock||Up to 1GHz||Up to 1.2GHz|
|GPU type||Adreno 200||PowerVR SGX544|
|Screen size (inches)||3.5||4.5|
|Screen resolution||320 x 480 pixels||540 x 960 pixels|
|Screen type||TFT capacitive touchscreen||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Operating system||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|RAM||512 MB||1 GB|
|Internal storage||4 GB (2 GB user available)||4 GB|
|External storage||microSD, up to 32 GB||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Battery type||1530mAh Li-Ion||2400mAh Li-Ion|
|- standby time||Up to 530 hours||Up to 380 hours|
|- talk time||Up to 6 hours||Up to 17 hours|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|2G coverage (MHz)||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G coverage (MHz)||900 / 2100||2100|
|Rear camera||3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels)||5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus|
|Video recording||Up to VGA@30fps||Up to 720p@30fps|
|Dimensions||113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm||135.8 x 67.5 x 10.2 mm|
|Weight||115.7 grams||151.3 grams|
|Announce Date||December 2012||May 2013|
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