Lately, the number of launches taking place in the entry-level smartphone segment is maximizing. This has been further triggered by Motorola with the release of Moto E that comes with customizable options. Following the same, Micromax silently unleashed the Micromax Unite 2 smartphone that came with better specifications such as quad-core processor and many camera centric features.
Today, Lava has also created headlines with the launch of Iris X1 that includes similar specifications and carries a competitive price tag of Rs 7,999. Let us compared the Lava Iris X1 with the Micromax Unite 2 to figure out which of these is better.
Display and Processor
The Lava Iris X1 comes with a 4.5 inch IPS display panel along with a FWVGA resolution of 854×480 pixels. At this price range, this screen resolution is pretty much average and this gives the device a pixel density of 217 ppi, which is again mediocre for budget phones.
On the other hand, the Micromax Unite 2 features a relatively larger 4.7 inch IPS display with a WVGA screen resolution of 800×480 pixels, which translates to a very low pixel density of 199 pixels per inch. While the IPS panels in both the displays can result in excellent viewing angles, their low pixel density is a downside. But, considering their low price points, their display clarity should not be expected to be too high competing with mid-range or top-tier phones.
On the processing power segment, the Lava Iris X1 is a result of the long-rumored partnership of Lava with chip maker Broadcom. Consequently, the Lava Iris X1 incorporates a 1.2 GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM23550 processor that is coupled with Videocore IV graphics unit to handle the graphically intense tasks. In comparison, the Micromax Unite 2 is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor presumably the MediaTEk MT6582 SoC supplemented by Mali 400 graphics unit. Both the handsets feature 1 GB of RAM under their hood to take charge of the multi-tasking department.
Camera and Internal Storage
When it comes to the photography capabilities, the Lava Iris X1 packs an above average 8 MP primary snapper combined with auto focus, FHD video recording, BSI+ sensor, dual LED flash, HDR and burst shooting modes in order to capture stunning images and videos even in low light environments. Also, the handset includes a 2 MP front-facing snapper onboard that can help in making good quality video calls and pave way for great selfies.
The Micromax Unite 2, on the other hand incorporates a standard 5 MP main camera at its rear with auto focus, LED flash and additional traits including live photo mode, beauty mode and panorama capture mode to deliver an amazing user experience. The handset features a front-facing 2 MP camera similar to the one in Lava Iris X1.
Talking of storage capacity, both the smartphones include 4 GB of internal storage space that provides room for default software, operating system and a few applications. However, those requiring more additional storage can achieve it with a micro SD card supporting up to 32 GB of expandable memory.
Battery and Features
Lava Iris X1 is fueled by a 1,800 mAh battery, while the Micromax Unite 2 is stuffed with a relatively larger 2,000 mAh battery. Though the backup delivered by these phones are not disclosed by the vendors, it is believed that they will be capable of lasting for decent hours under mixed usage.
Interestingly, on the software front, both the low priced smartphones – Micromax Unite 2 and Lava Iris X1 run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system out-of-the-box. Thus they are more appealing offerings that are available in the entry-level smartphone market segment that usually has Jelly Bean based phones.
Connectivity wise, both the smartphones come packed with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro USB. The Lava offering also comes with OTG support and has Dual MIC for Active Noise Cancellation. In comparison, the Micromax handset is the first phone to come with Reverie Multilingual feature that allows users to converse easily in 20 regional languages and English.
|Model||Lava Iris X1||Micromax Unite 2|
|Display||4.5 inch, 480×854||4.7 inch, 480×800|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Quad Core||1.3 GHz Quad Core|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB||4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB|
|OS||Android 4.4.2 KitKat||Android 4.4.2 KitKat|
|Camera||8 MP/ 2 MP||5 MP/ 2 MP|
|Battery||1,800 mAh||2,000 mAh|
|Price||Rs 7,999||Rs 6,999|
Price and Conclusion
The Micromax Unite 2 comes with a price tag of Rs 6,999 and the Lava Iris X1 costs Rs 7,999. However, this high tag of the Lava phone is reasonable given that the handset comes with a free Intelligent Flip case and 16 GB micro SD card for free for those users pre-ordering the device. The Micromax offering emerges out as a better value for money device and boasts some extraordinary features such as its multi-lingual pack and FOTA update support. But, the Lava Iris X1 is a beautifully crafted smartphone that shines in most aspects against the Micromax Unite 2.