Last year’s Win Q900s experiment worked, apparently, leading Xolo to unveil a sequel already.
Aside from Microsoft, which is obligated in a way to keep refreshing and (trivially) upgrading the low to mid-end Lumia smartphone family, it’s safe to predict all other WP manufacturers will take five, and wait for Windows 10 to break.
All except for Xolo, as it turns out, with Lava’s sub-brand eager to offer non-Android choice to budget mobile consumers located in India. Lava, mind you, is one of the most popular local OEMs, and like rivals Micromax and Karbonn, draws its profits chiefly from low-cost gear.
The Win Q1000 clearly fits the profile, at $135 or so (INR 8,499), although its precise release date remains an enigma. It’s never smart to keep this target audience waiting for long, especially with exciting software tweaks on the Android One horizon, so it’s probably a matter of days, weeks tops.
More than capable of supporting Win 10 when the new OS is ready for primetime, the Q1000 runs version 8.1 out the box, with 1 GB RAM in charge of multitasking, and a modest quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor on top of light browsing, gaming and multimedia playing.
Needless to say Xolo had to make compromises to achieve the sub-$150 price tag, but the 5-inch 720p display and 8 MP rear camera are features you don’t often cross paths with in this class of ultra-affordable devices.
Even on the outside, the Q1000 looks good for its price range, with fairly slim vertical bezels and an overall industrial, sharp vibe. Granted, it’s nowhere near as skinny as the Q900s, and measures 8.8 mm in depth. But it considerably raises the bar in the battery department, thanks to 2,200 mAh juice, and it’s an all-round smart choice for cash-strapped Windows enthusiasts with an itch that needs to be scratched before the leaves start to fall.