Vietnamese smartphone vendor Mobiistar launched their new smartphones XQ Dual and CQ in India recently. Both of these smartphones launched in the country as budget-friendly entry-level models. XQ Dual is a higher variant as compared to its brother CQ. CQ is a basic level Android smartphone with a good design and more. It’s been a week or more after the launch of these devices in India. Now, this is the best time to review them. We have the Mobiistar XQ Dual with us for review. We’ve been using the device for a good time and here is our full review.
Specifications of Mobiistar XQ Dual
- Price: Rs 7,999
- Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- Chipset: 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
- Memory: 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel with LED flash
- Front Camera: 13-megapixel + 8-megapixel sensors with LED Flash
- Battery: 3,000mAh Li-ion
- Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
- Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Hybrid-SIM Tray, OTG support, micro USB port and more.
Display, Design and Hardware
The new Mobiistar XQ Dual comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The display is good, but not great in that price range. However, it is bright enough to read in sunlight and tough lighting conditions. The colour output is also appreciatable. The display is protected by Asahi DragonTrail toughness glass protection and it is rarely available in budget level smartphones. Needless to say, XQ Dual has a design from 2016, the smartphone features a 16:9 screen ratio rather than the latest trend of 18:9. It comes with a metallic back and round-edged plastic caps at the top and bottom for better network connectivity.
But if we compare XQ Dual with the Smartron t.Phone P, both of these devices feature almost same design on the rear side. It just feels like a rebranded model. The smartphone weighs 160g and it might become uncomfortable for heavy users. On the rear side, it has a 13-megapixel camera with dual-tone LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is placed just below the camera module in the centre part in the conventional placement style. Followed by the fingerprint scanner, there is a Mobiistar branding. The device has a durable metal back panel with antennas on the top and bottom parts. The back panel is very standard, but it is a fingerprint magnet and very slippery too.
On the front, we have a 13MP + 8MP dual camera set up next to the earpiece along with some sensors. Along with them, there we have a LED notification light and selfie flash. As I said above, the device has an old device. The bezel size proves that. The device comes with a big bezel and capacitive buttons for navigation. The SIM slot and the power button are placed at the right side, whereas the volume rocker is placed in the left side. Loudspeaker grill, MicroUSB port, microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack are available at the bottom part of the device. It has a hybrid SIM slot, so you can use two nano SIMs or a nano SIM and a microSD card at a time.
The Mobiistar XQ Dual comes with an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The device features a 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. The smartphone’s performance is optimized to give maximum battery life, so you might encounter some performance glitches. But still, it is performing just fine in that price range. We cannot spot some good models with more performance in that range. But to be honest, the device leaves a bad impression in most of the performance involved activities. During our benchmark test, the device has frozen for 10mins and the benchmark app closed automatically. We have tried multiple times to get the final result, but it is not possible in our unit. So if you are seeking good performance, this phone is not advisable for you.
The Mobiistar XQ Dual comes with Android 7.1.1 based operating system out of the box. It is really surprising to see a 2018 May device with Android Nougat on board. They could have included the Android Oreo-based operating system. Moreover, the device runs on a custom skin based on the Android Nougat and it is named as Custom UI v3.0. But thanks to the company, they didn’t include so many bloatware with the device, unlike other custom skins. However, the interface is very similar to some of the other Chinese skins. It also comes with a Freezer app that is used to freeze the app to speed up the phone and save power.
As mentioned earlier, the XQ Dual comes with a 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture on the rear side. Coming to the front, we have a dual camera setup with a 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture along with a secondary 8-megapixel camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture for group selfies. The secondary sensor targets your friends while taking a group selfie and the primary sensor will focus on you. The selfie cam comes with a soft LED flash too.
The camera app in the smartphone is a feature-rich one with many easy to access tools and many levels of beautification modes. The camera on the XQ Dual delivers some decent pictures in the proper lighting conditions and day times. However, during poor lighting conditions such as cloud and night, the pictures are terribly bad and leaves a lot of grains in the picture. The focus is faster than expected in this phone and the macro shots turned out to be good.
As the name suggests, this phone is a selfie-targetted one. As promised, it delivers good selfie experience in that price range. We can say it is the best selfie phone under Rs. 9000 in India. The front camera could capture nice pictures in both good lighting conditions and in the night time. Thanks to the front LED flash, it can take good selfies at low light. The selfie has a lot of beautification modes as well.
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Battery and connectivity
The device comes with a smaller 3000mAh non-removable battery, which will last for up to 20hrs in normal usage includes music streaming, surfing the net, using social media, chatting on WhatsApp and taking calls. They could have improved the battery performance a bit. If you really want to have more battery life, you can use the power saving mode and ultra-saving mode, which comes with the software.
The device supports 4G and it comes with VoLTE feature as well. Both the SIMs support 4G, but you can enable 4G only in one SIM at a time, while the other goes to 3G. You can set the default SIM for the voice call, messaging or data connection. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and USB OTG support.
Mobiistar XQ Dual is a decent selfie-focused smartphone under Rs. 8,000 right now in India. SO, you can confidently go for it if you are a selfie-phile. But the smartphone compromises on performance phase, to an extent. However, it would not be an issue if you are not playing games and using rendering apps. The smartphone is available in both Gold and Black colour options, with good build quality. If you are looking to buy one, grab it from Flipkart starting from May 30th onwards at Rs. 7,999.