BY | March 11, 2013

Both are great handsets and are grabbing headlines. Lava’s XOLO Q800 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand duos specs, features and price comparison makes interesting reading

Lava’s XOLO Q800 smart-phone just introduced in the market is set to give tough competition to other products available in the market at much higher price. The immediate threat it poses to one such handset is none other than Samsung’s Galaxy Grand duos. Though Galaxy Grand is slightly bigger than the Lava’s Xolo Q800, nonetheless the difference is rather minor and in other aspects both the handsets compete well.

But while Korean tech giant Samsung is spending big time on its latest gadget’s promotion in the Indian market, I am not sure if Lava has wherewithal to actually match Samsung for every dollar it spends on its promotion online and offline.

But the consumers must be happy over the fact that latest launches by both Indian and other top smart-phone companies have given them lots of choices in affordable smart-phone segment. Earlier there were no such devices that gave people options other than top rated, very expensive smart-phones. The best thing about recent handset is the fact that all these handsets come with latest Android operating systems, prompting more people to chose them. Earlier most of the handset by Indian companies came with older Android versions that people hated and then they didn’t had any firmware update policies too.

The latest launch comes with a very good package. Lava’s XOLO Q800 launched in India just the other day at a very low price tag of Rs 12,499 can actually make the handset a match winner for the company. The handset with a good display, 8 mega pixel camera and quad core processor has everything to be a match winner for the company in one of the biggest telephone markets in the world. With 1.2 billion population smart-phone manufacturers have limitless possibilities of making money if they introduce affordable smart-phones. Lava is a known smart-phone manufacturer in this part of the world and has several good handsets in the market doing extremely good, though the smaller companies have many bottlenecks thrown at them. The biggest being their inability to spend huge amount of money on advertising. They don’t have deep pockets that can match the likes of Apple, Samsung and other big names.

As far specifications are concerned, Lava’s XOLO Q800 comes with 4.5 inch display with 540×960 resolution, 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM. But its competitors will laugh at it for its very miniscule internal storage. It comes with just 4GB internal storage that can be expanded via microSD upto 32GB. But its camera is decent by any yardstick and comes with 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera. Both front and rear cameras come with BSI technology. Like every other handset being launched in India in this price range, this handset also comes with dual SIM option and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

On the other hand Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is a great handset from Korean tech giant. It was an effort by Sammy to give a phablet for comparatively low price. To be true, this is the cheap model of Samsung’s much-touted Galaxy Note 2 phablet. With dual SIM capability, the Grand Duos 5-inch phablet comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 8MP rear camera, FullHD recording, 1.2GHz dual core CPU and more. You can buy the phone for a price around Rs. 21,000 in India. Needless to say, it is one of the cheapest phablets you can buy from the market now. But it is not going to be uncontested and with this new launch Samsung must be feeling the heat from home-grown companies.

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