Vietnamese smartphone maker Mobiistar formally entered the Indian market early final month with an bold plan. At an occasion to mark the launch of the corporate’s first few smartphone fashions within the nation, the XQ Dual and CQ, executives even introduced that India would now be the placement of Mobiistar’s international headquarters. The XQ Twin is the costlier of the 2 and boasts of a twin selfie digicam setup. We obtained maintain of it to place it to the take a look at.
With a price ticket of Rs. 7,999, the Mobiistar XQ Twin faces immense competitors from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Review), InFocus Vision 3 (Review), Tecno Camon i Sky, and even the bottom variant of the Oppo Realme 1 (Review). Let’s have a look at if the Mobiistar XQ Twin can outshine these choices by way of real-world utilization.
Mobiistar XQ Twin design
As is the case with quite a few different finances smartphones available in the market, the Mobiistar XQ Twin borrows just a few design parts from present and older iPhone fashions. The rear of the cellphone has gold accents in an try to look premium, however they appear a bit garish towards the black physique. Along with that, the rear is extraordinarily slippery and we ended up dropping the cellphone greater than a few occasions throughout our testing interval.
It is 2018 and the market is full of smartphones, throughout value segments, that characteristic 18:9 shows. Nevertheless, the XQ Twin sports activities a conventional 16:9 panel, with thick borders above and beneath it. Then again, this 5.5-inch IPS panel has a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) decision that provides this cellphone an edge over its competitors. The utmost brightness is nice, however the show doesn’t get dim sufficient for comfy use in a darkish room.
Above the show is a twin selfie digicam setup with one 13-megapixel major sensor and a secondary Eight-megapixel sensor. Subsequent to which might be the earpiece, an LED selfie gentle, and a few sensors. There are capacitive buttons for House, Again, and Overview features beneath the display.
The left of the smartphone has gold-accented quantity buttons, and on the correct is the lock/ energy button in addition to a hybrid dual-SIM tray that makes you select between a second SIM and a microSD card. Lastly, the Micro-USB port, speaker grille, and microphone are positioned on the underside. The retail field of the Mobiistar XQ Twin features a 5V/ 1.5A (7.5W) adapter, a USB cable, a SIM ejector instrument, a display protector, and a few guides that can assist you get began.
Mobiistar XQ Twin specs and software program
The Mobiistar XQ Twin is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, which is quite outdated however not shocking for a smartphone that prices lower than Rs. Eight,000. The SoC has 4 Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.4GHz, and 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.1GHz. Managing the graphics is an built-in Adreno 505 GPU, which is barely much less highly effective than the Adreno 506 within the Snapdragon 450 utilized by the Redmi 5. There aren’t any variants of this cellphone, and you’ll solely get it with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
4G VoLTE works on both of the SIM playing cards at a time. There’s additionally a three.5mm headphone jack, FM radio, GPS, single-band (2.4GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and no NFC. As for sensors, the smartphone will get an accelerometer, ambient gentle sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.
The Mobiistar XQ Twin runs a closely customised UI referred to as Star Launcher on prime of Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which is actually disappointing to see in mid-2018. This cellphone’s prime competitor, the Redmi 5 additionally nonetheless runs Android Nougat with MIUI on prime, however we all know that an replace is on its manner quickly. Our Mobiistar XQ Twin assessment unit was additionally working the comparatively outdated Android February safety replace.
There isn’t any app drawer, and all app icons are positioned on the house screens. Apparently, within the preinstalled File Supervisor app, we discovered sure recordsdata named “Qiku Launcher”, suggesting that Mobiistar is perhaps utilizing related property as Qiku, a Chinese language cellphone producer that attempted to interrupt into the Indian market just a few years in the past.
The person interface is half-baked, to say the least. There isn’t any design consistency throughout the app icons, with a few of them getting an unsightly white border and others enlarged.
A preinstalled app referred to as Freeze can be utilized to droop apps that the person doesn’t need to use for a while, with the intention to scale back system load. Nevertheless, when you “unfreeze” the apps, they’re simply despatched to the final dwelling display, and rearranging them is irritating.
There’s additionally one thing referred to as Clever Display screen, accessible whenever you swipe proper on the primary dwelling display. Other than just a few shortcuts to the apps you utilize most continuously, the display is full of hyperlinks to sensational information tales, and there is noticeable UI lag when scrolling via them.
The Settings menu has just a few attention-grabbing additions. The Anti-theft characteristic uploads the placement of the smartphone when its battery is working low, so the person get to know its final identified location whether it is stolen or misplaced. There’s additionally a gesture shortcut to launch the digicam app, scheduled energy on and off, and an SOS characteristic.
Mobiistar XQ Twin efficiency, cameras, and battery life
In our expertise with this cellphone, efficiency was underwhelming. With all apps closed, the system alone used about 1.6GB of RAM. When it comes to real-world utilization, the smartphone performs beneath common, with body drops noticed whereas utilizing even apps similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. Lag was persistent once we multitasked between greater than a few apps. Stutter was significantly noticeable on the Clever Display screen, which was unusable until the content material hundreds.
As for benchmarks, the Mobiistar XQ Twin obtained an AnTuTu rating of simply 57,472. Efficiency in Geekbench four was additionally low, with a single-core rating of 643 and a multi-core rating of two,403. Within the browser-based Basemark Internet three.zero benchmark, the XQ Twin scored 65.22. These outcomes are sub-par when in comparison with the equally priced Xiaomi Redmi 5, however had been barely higher than these of the InFocus Imaginative and prescient three.
We tried just a few informal video games similar to Subway Surfers and Sweet Crush on the XQ Twin and didn’t discover any uncommon battery drain or heating after 30 minutes of testing. We additionally tried out different video games like Temple Run 2 and Asphalt Eight, and skilled slight lag within the latter.
The fingerprint sensor is without doubt one of the few options of the Mobiistar XQ Twin that shines. It was extraordinarily correct and pretty fast in our expertise. Face recognition will not be supported. The loudspeaker quantity was common, as is anticipated from a smartphone on this value phase.
The Mobiistar XQ Twin sports activities a 13-megapixel rear digicam with f/2.zero aperture and dual-tone LED flash. The photographs we took in daylight had been poorly uncovered and missing intimately. Color copy was first rate in beneficial gentle, however this cellphone struggled with particulars, even in close-ups. Low-light photographs got here out wanting grainy, although fortunately there was no software program brightening leading to extra noise.
Selfies are imagined to be the spotlight of the XQ Twin, with its 13-megapixel and Eight-megapixel cameras on the entrance. Those we took got here out wanting first rate sufficient for informal use, however they are not very sharp whenever you zoom in to full dimension.
There isn’t any portrait mode within the digicam app as a result of the secondary digicam doesn’t act as a depth sensor, and the impact is not utilized utilizing software program both. There are a number of handbook settings below the FaceBeauty possibility that embody buffing, whitening, enlarging, and slimming. There are seven preset ranges for beautification. The FaceBeauty possibility can also be out there for the rear digicam however did little to enhance the standard of photographs we took. The secondary digicam has a wide-angle lens and allows you to get extra of your folks right into a selfie, which is neat.
Very like a number of different finances choices available in the market, the Mobiistar XQ Twin options an LED selfie gentle which acts as an illuminator. It is too shiny for our liking, nevertheless it did assist us get clear selfie photographs in low gentle. At across the XQ Twin’s value, the Honor 9 Lite is the one different possibility with twin selfie cameras.
With reasonable utilization, contemplating that efficiency was restricted, the Mobiistar XQ Twin’s 3000mAh battery lasted until round 5-6pm on a traditional working day with a single full cost, so that you would possibly want a boosts throughout the day to assist it run till bedtime. Apparently, there are three battery energy saving ranges on the smartphone, and this can’t be utterly turned off. On the lowest setting, the cellphone managed to run for 9 hours 42 minutes in our HD video loop take a look at.
The Mobiistar XQ Twin is without doubt one of the first smartphones from the Vietnamese firm to reach on Indian shores. It has a poorly optimised UI, an in-your-face design, and common construct high quality. The cameras are first rate for a cellphone at this value degree, however you will get so much higher should you enhance your finances by a bit. The short fingerprint sensor is without doubt one of the solely options that actually stands out. At a value of Rs. 7,999, we’d count on higher software program and construct high quality.
You probably have a good finances, you might be higher off selecting choices just like the Redmi 5 (Review). Or, should you can put in just a few thousand rupees extra, the Oppo Realme 1 (Review) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review) each supply higher worth for cash.