Broadcom powered XOLO Q1000 Opus receives KitKat upgrade; MediaTek to follow suit?


The XOLO Q1000 Opus is a budget giant from India, best known for being one of the cheapest quad-core smartphones in the country with a Broadcom processor.

Earlier today, the makers of the device announced that an Android v4.4.2 KitKat upgrade for the phone had been released. Until today, users of the Q1000 Opus had to make do with Android v4.2 Jelly Bean, which meant XOLO skipped the update to Android v4.3 like many other manufacturers. This makes the Q1000 Opus the first XOLO phone to run Android v4.4 KitKat.

The update measures 294MB in size and requires manual installation, as opposed to a seamless over-the-air update. XOLO has published instructions on how to update the device along with the required files on its official website, where you can head over now if you’re a Q1000 Opus user.

The XOLO Q1000 Opus comes with a 5-inch 854 x 480 pixel display, a 1.2GHz Broadcom quad-core chipset, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage, a microSD slot, a 5 mega-pixel / VGA camera duo and a 2000mAh battery. As mentioned, the device runs Android v4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, which perhaps will change soon. The device is a cheaper variant of the MediaTek powered XOLO Q1000, and goes for about 8,000 INR or $132 in India.

MediaTek based devices have, for too long, been running outdated Android flavours. With the competition in Broadcom, Qualcomm, etc. stepping up their game on the budget and mid-range segment, we think it is just about time for MediaTek to pull up their socks and rethink their strategies.

We saw a ray of hope yesterday in the form of the KitKat upgrade that Elephone released. However, such upgrades are few and far between, and hardly convincing enough for the everyday user.
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