Difference between Sony Xperia P and XOLO Q800

Key difference: Sony Xperia P features a 4-inch TFT touch screen that allows up to 4-touch capabilities. The screen is scratch resistant and has a shatter proof coating. The touch screen provides approximately 275 ppi pixel density along with WhiteMagic technology, which adds an extra white pixel with the already present red, blue and green. 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.

Sony is a prominent technology company and is known best for its electronics such as phones, TVs, gaming systems, etc. The constant dynamic nature of technology ensures that we always have a better and more forward technology than the one we had a month ago. The price of this dynamic technology is also high, the constant updating of technology requires people have that much cash on hand. However, many companies such as Sony know that not many people have that much cash on hand for disposal, hence has launched mid-range phones such as Xperia P that allows the people to experience the best of both worlds: technology and affordable pricing. The Xperia P was launched in May 2012 and continues to be a major player in the market.

Sony Xperia P features a 4-inch TFT touch screen that allows up to 4-touch capabilities. The screen is scratch resistant and has a shatter proof coating, allowing the screen to endure minor scratches and everyday scuffs without sacrificing on the quality. The touch screen provides approximately 275 ppi pixel density, though not the best ppi compared to the heavy contenders but the quality of the screen is not sacrificed. This is mostly because of the company’s WhiteMagic technology, which adds an extra white pixel with the already present red, blue and green. The extra pixel generates a higher level of brightness that does not cloud the phone when using it under direct sunlight.

The phone is a little bulky in nature, but it is easy to become accustomed to when holding it for longer periods of time. The phone is also a little heavier compared to similar phones, but again not something that lets the user forget of the other great features of the phone. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which is quite smooth to hold but is also prone to many visible scratches and chips. The device has a clear plastic border on the front that also doubles as a cover up for the antenna. Above the plastic border reside the Home button, back button and Menu button. The power button, the volume rocker and the physical camera button is on the right side of the device, while the left sides hosts a variety of ports including the SIM card slot.

Under the hood, the device is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core processor and hosts the company’s Timescape UI. The user interface is quite smooth and does not glitch when shifting between the screens and the apps. The device runs on 1 GB RAM and comes with an internal storage capacity of 16 GB. Of the 16 GB, only 13 GB is available to the user and it is not expandable. The device houses an 8 MP Autofocus rear camera and a VGA (0.3 MP) front camera, which is a little bit of a letdown. The Exmor R technology ensures that the rear camera provides sharp, clear images, while the front camera does not live up to the same quality.  Though initially powered by Android v2.3, the device is now available with Android v4.0, which no status as of yet for v4.1 upgrades. The phone also comes with additional features such as Motion gaming, MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite 5, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, USB On-the-go, Native USB tethering and NFC capabilities. The Xperia P houses a non-removable 1305 mAh battery, which provides a decent battery life and lasts almost a day. With the amount of features that are offered with the phone, the price tag is expected to be quite high; however, the price is quite affordable and will not make that much of a dent in the user’s pocket.

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 phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, expertreviews.co.uk, Xolo website, fonearena.com and GSMArena.com.


Sony Xperia P


Launch Date

May 2012

March 2013



Xolo, a subsidy of Lava


122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm

135.5 x 67 x 9.6 mm


4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.5 inches IPS qHD,


960 x 540 pixels (~275 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

540 x 960 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density) 16M colors


Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass



120 grams

143.5 g

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

GSM 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

UMTS/HSPA: 900/2100

4G Network




Timescape UI

Custom UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual core processor

1.2 GHz, Quad Core


Adreno 205

PowerVR SGX544


Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean)


NovaThor U8500

MTK MT6589



1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

16 GB (13 GB accessible to the user)

4 GB

Expandable Memory


Yes, up to 32 GB


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

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


USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, HDMI Support, DLNA Certified, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook, aGPS, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Bluetooth technology, Native USB tethering and NFC.

USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB


GSM GPRS Up to 100 kbps; GSM EDGE Up to 296 kbps; UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.6 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

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


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

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Yes, v2.0


microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

Yes, v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP 3264x2448 pixels rear camera

8 MP, 720p

Secondary Camera

VGA front camera

1 MP


HD video recording (1080p)

Full HD 1080p@30fps

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Face detection and Smile detection
  • Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
  • 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch-focus
  • Image Stabilization
  • 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

xLOUD Experience

Clear bass and clear stereo

2 Digital Microphones, Ambient Noise Cancellation

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis


Video supported formats


MPEG4, H.263, H.264, Divx

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1305 mAh battery

2100 mAh

Talk time

2G: 6 hours

3G: 5 hours

360 hours


2G: 470 hours

3G: 475 hours

2G: 16 hours

3G: 10 hours

Available Colors

Black, Silver, Red



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

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


HTML5, Adobe Flash



FM Radio with RDS



GPS with A-GPS support

Yes with Assisted GPS


Java via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Screenshot capturing
  • WhiteMagic technology
  • Motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook
  • Noise Suppression
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • HDMI port
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite 5
  • 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 1080p@30fps playback
  • Gaming Experience
  • Jelly Bean

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, techotv.com

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