Smartphones under Rs10,000 – Sony Xperia E vs Xolo Q700

xoloq700xperiaeXolo 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.


ModelSony Xperia EXolo Q700
ProcessorQualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon Cortex A5MediaTek MTK 6589W-M quad-core Cortex A7
ClockUp to 1GHzUp to 1.2GHz
GPU typeAdreno 200PowerVR SGX544
Screen size (inches)3.54.5
Screen resolution320 x 480 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Screen typeTFT capacitive touchscreenIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.1 (Jelly Bean)Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage4 GB (2 GB user available)4 GB
External storagemicroSD, up to 32 GBmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Battery type1530mAh Li-Ion2400mAh Li-Ion
- standby timeUp to 530 hoursUp to 380 hours
- talk timeUp to 6 hoursUp to 17 hours
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)900 / 21002100
Rear camera3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels)5 MP (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus
Front cameraNoVGA
Video recordingUp to VGA@30fpsUp to 720p@30fps
Dimensions113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm135.8 x 67.5 x 10.2 mm
Weight115.7 grams151.3 grams
Announce DateDecember 2012May 2013

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