Let’s get this straight. You are out in the market to buy a dual SIM Android smartphone with a budget as meagre as INR 10,000 but you can still buy a pretty good phone in that kind of budget. Today, we are pitting 2 quad-core dual SIM phones powered by Android 4.1.2 JellyBean and help you decide which one is a better choice for you. Karbonn Titanium S5 and Xolo Q800 are 2 such phones which come with quad-core processors and dual SIM card slots. Both are priced under INR 10,000 making this fight even more closer.
Even though you are spending in a segment which is considered as lower mid-level, its your right to have a phone with good design. The Karbonn S5 Titanium has a soft touch back and a matt finish plastic on its body. The Xolo Q800 on the other hand has a plain touch plastic material. The Xolo Q800 is a bit narrower and shorter than the Karbonn device so, easier to hold but the materials on the Karbonn S5 Titanium is better to touch. It’s a TIE here. None of these device is significantly better than the other.
Both the phones come with IPS LCD display panels with exactly same resolution of 960 x 540. But they differ in terms of screen size. The Karbonn S5 Titanium has a 5 inch screen while the Xolo Q800 comes with a 4.5 inch screen diagonally. So it is a known fact that Xolo Q800 will have a sharper screen in comparison. In a world where we are connected to Internet, sharper screens provide better web browsing experience and Xolo Q800 wins this section just by a hairs margin. The screen is not as sharp as some of the Retina Displays out there but it is not that bad either. Smaller screen also means that the device is better in terms of handling.
Processor and Storage:
Although both the phones may seem similar spec-to-spec on paper but there are a lot of differences in terms of raw processing performance. The Karbonn S5 Titanium comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225Q which consists of ARM Cortex A5 based CPU cores along with Adreno 203 GPU. The Xolo Q800 on the other hand comes equipped with MediaTek MT6589 which consists of ARM Cortex A7 based CPU cores along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Theoretically, ARM Cortex A7 is much better than ARM Cortex A5. Also the PowerVR SGX544 GPU is much faster in terms of graphical performance than the Adreno 203. Both come with 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, which is a tie. But Xolo Q800 wins this section as well due to better processing and graphical performance.
Both these smartphones have 8 MP autofocus camera sensor at the back with LED flash and HD video recording. The Karbonn smartphone has a 2 MP camera at the front while the Xolo Q800 has a 1 MP camera at the front. None if them have any special unique camera feature. Daylight quality is better than average but the low light images have a significant amount of noise. The Karbonn S5 Titanium has a slight edge here and helps it win this section.
Connectivity & Battery Performance
As both the phones are dual SIM ones, they come SIM management tool. Both of them have regular sized SIM card slots. The Xolo Q800 has support for 3G and more bands compared to the Karbonn S5 Titanium. Both are equipped with Wi-Fi b/g/n and Wi-Fi Hotspot. The Xolo Q800 has Bluetooth v4.0 which is faster than the Bluetooth v3.0 in the Karbonn device. Both are equipped with A-GPS and Micro USB 2.0 which means Xolo Q800 wins this section as well!
That is 4:2 win for the Xolo Q800, thanks to faster performance, better connectivity and slightly sharper screen. Also, both phones cost almost the same. The Karbonn S5 Titanium price is INR 10,139 while the Xolo Q800 price in India is INR 9,690. It means you are getting more for your hard earned money if you buy the Xolo Q800.