Difference between Samsung Galaxy S Duos and Xolo Q800

Key difference: Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a dual-SIM phone that was launched in September 2012. The phone comes with a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density. The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. The Xolo Q800 is a Quad-core 1.2 GHz smartphone powered by MTK MT6589 and a 1 GB RAM. The phone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It features a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.

Initially smartphones would come in two categories, the no-nonsense simple phone and the extravagant phone with loads of features and a high price tag. However, now there are many people who expect different things from their phone, including features but a lesser price tag, durability, more battery power, etc. This has enabled smartphone manufacturers to offer an array of different phones for the different types of customers. Samsung announced the Galaxy S Duos as an option aimed for people that require double SIM capability, eliminating the need for carrying two separate phones. The phone was launched in September 2012.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S Duos bears heavy resemblance to the company’s flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, looking past the basic form of the phone and picking it up; the user can realize the reason for such a small price tag. The phone is a cheaper version of its big brother, with a lesser quality plastic and some downgraded features. However, let’s not label it as of yet, as it does come with some good specs. The 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density, is pretty decent with good contrast and colors but it is too reflective under sunlight, making it a bit difficult to use outdoors without squinting or trying to cover the screen.

The phone itself is easy to hold and handle, making it sleek and small enough to slip into jeans pockets or a small purse when on the go. The 120 grams of weight also ensures that the phone does put that much pressure on the hands when holding the device for longer periods of time. The top of the device houses only the 3.55 mm jack, while the bottom only has the USB/charging port. The right side of the device holds the power button on the top right hand and the microSD card slot. The left side of the device only holds the volume rocker, a bit hard to reach, if a person is used to having it on the right. On the front, the device has the home button that is surrounded by capacitive more options and a back button.

The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. Again, the UI is a toned down version of the one found on the S3. The device lacks the ripples effect and the water-drop sound and has four customizable shortcut buttons on the bottom of the lockscreen that can directly take you to apps such as missed phone calls when unlocking the device. The device allows users to add/remove apps from the homescreen as well as add/remove panels similar to other versions of Android.

The device is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex-A5, with about 786 MB of RAM. The RAM is a slight upgrade to the 512 MB available on other phones, but it still isn’t that great when trying to run dual-SIM, resulting in some lagging during operation. The dual-SIM capability and standby allows both SIMs to be operational at the same time. The device comes with a 5 MP rear camera for taking photos and recording videos. The rear camera is pretty decent in terms of taking photos. The images have pleasing colors and a good dynamic range, but the photos are a bit grainy. The phone also comes with features such as smile detection, geo-tagging, Share shot, effects and panorama mode. The S Duos also houses a VGA (0.3 MP) front camera that is as okay, nothing much to talk about. The phone can also capture videos in VGA resolution at 30fps.

The S Duos comes with a decent removable LI-Ion 1500 mAh battery, that according to the company provides a talk time of 770 minutes in 2G and 520 minutes in 3G, along with a standby time of 570 hours in 2G and 470 hours in 3G. The phone does not come with the same amount of features as available in Galaxy S3, but with the price tag of this device, it is still something. The main reason for purchasing the phone would still be the dual-SIM capability, while in other countries where dual-SIM options are more common, the phone may not fare as well.

Xolo is a subsidy of Lava, a technology and mobile phone company based in India. In addition to making handsets for the Indian Market, Lava has various other segments under its banner, such as tablets, datacards and routers. As the India market is very price sensitive, Lava has had to produce an affordable range of phones. The Android based smartphones of the company are mainly released under two of its brands: Iris and Xolo.

Xolo came around when Lava tied up with Intel to release the Intel based smartphone, the Intel AZ510 in India. The phone was branded as Xolo X900. The brand endured and now handles Lava’s mid-range Android-based smartphones. The Xolo Q800 is one such hone that Lava has recently released into the market.

The Xolo Q800 is a Quad-core 1.2 GHz smartphone powered by MTK MT6589 and a 1 GB RAM. The phone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It features a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has an internal memory of 4GB and an expandable memory that is upgradeable up to 32GB. It also features an 8 MP camera with BSI sensor and a 1 MP secondary front-facing camera for video calling.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from Samsung website, Xolo website, fonearena.com and GSMArena.com


Samsung Galaxy S Duos


Launch Date

September 2012

March 2013



Xolo, a subsidy of Lava


121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm

135.5 x 67 x 9.6 mm


4.0-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

IPS qHD, 16M colors


480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches (~245 ppi pixel density)





120 grams

143.5 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

UMTS/HSPA: 900/2100

4G Network




TouchWiz 4.0 UI

Custom UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Cortex-A5

1.2 GHz, Quad Core


Adreno 200

PowerVR SGX544


Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon

MTK MT6589


768 MB

1 GB

SIM Size

miniSIM (Dual-SIM handset)


Internal Memory

4 GB (1.8 GB available to the user)

4 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

Yes, up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Proximity Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor


GSM; EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1,800/1,900MHz); HSDPA 7.2; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth

USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB


HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (DL); HSPA+ up to 5.7 Mbps (UL)


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Yes, v2.0


microUSB v2.0

Yes, v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP CMOS rear camera

8 MP, 720p

Secondary Camera

VGA CMOS front camera

1 MP


[email protected]

Full HD [email protected]

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Smile detection
  • Panorama mode
  • Share shot, scenes and effects
  • Flash support
  • Auto focus
  • Burst Mode
  • Auto, Normal, Night, Sunset, Party, Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Theatre, Beach, Snow, Steady Photo, Fireworks, Sports, and Candle Light mode.

Sound Enhancement


2 Digital Microphones, Ambient Noise Cancellation

Audio supported formats



Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, Divx

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery

2100 mAh

Talk time

2G: 770 minutes

3G: 520 minutes



2G: 570 hours

3G: 470 hours

2G: 16H

3G: 10H

Available Colors

White, Black, La Fleur



SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


HTML, Adobe Flash Lite



Stereo FM radio with RDS



GPS with A-GPS support

Yes with Assisted GPS


Java via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Dual SIM
  • Dual SIM stand-by
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • ChatON
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Smart Multitasking
  • large display
  • Camera with BSI sensor
  • Full HD [email protected] playback
  • Gaming Experience
  • Jelly Bean

Image Courtesy: samsung.com, techotv.com

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