Lava Iris X1 is very recent device which entered indian market and this device was launched in competition to popular budget smartphone Moto E which has got great response. This device on the other comes very close to Moto E in terms of specs and goes better as well in many departments. In this review we will tell you whether this device is worth the money you spend on it.

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Lava Iris X1 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Lava Iris X1 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 480 x 854 resolution
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core Broadcom BCM23550
  • RAM: 1 Gb
  • Software Version: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) OS
  • Camera: 8 MP AF camera.
  • Secondary Camera: 2 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
  • Internal Storage: 4 GB
  • External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh battery Lithium Ion
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and ambient light sensor.

Box Contents

Handset, battery 1800 mAh, MicroUSB to USB Cable, USB Charger, Flip Cover, Standard earphones, screen guard, warranty card and user manual.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

Lava Iris X1 has the same design which we have seen on Lava Iris Pro 30 and Pro 20 and also have good quality of the plastic being used on the rear. The rear cover can be easily removed but its not loose. On the edges, we have sliver colored plastic which makes the device look premium. It has good built quality overall does not feel very strong and looks of this device is like, you have the iPhone 4 or 4S in your hand. It matches the form factor as well as you can easily hold it in one hand and can be used with one hand. Weight of this device is around 130 grams which makes it lighter to hold and thickness of this phone is around 8.8 mm which is not less but device neither feel bulky nor heavy in hand.

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Camera Performance

It has 8MP rear camera which can produce good photos in day light and in low light its still decent and better than some devices in similar price segment but the camera user interface is stock android. Front facing camera is just average no so great for video calls but still you can use for video chat and video calls with proper light falling on your face or else video feed will have a lot of noise.

Camera Samples

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Lava Iris X1 Camera Video Sample

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Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has IPS display with resolution 480 x 854 with good viewing angles and color reproduction of the display is good as well, you can also read the phone display under sunlight and it does support automatic brightness. In built memory of the phone is 4Gb out of which around 1.70 Gb is available to the user and it has microSD card slot as well. You can install apps on the SD card directly as it gives this option once you insert SD card. You can change SD Card as default write disk (reboot required). Battery drains quite fast when you play games or watch videos on this device. If you have more apps usage then you will get around one day of backup but with games and video playback it will give you around 5-6 hours max.

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Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software interface is almost stock android with slight amount of changes in the icons and home screen wallpaper. User Interface is mostly smooth and lag free but when you run number of apps and games in background you will notice some UI lag in animations and home screen transitions. You can play casual games like Temple Run Oz, Subway Surfer and graphic intensive games can also be played we played Blood and Glory and it ran fine, you can also play HD games like MC4 and Nova 3 as well but gaming experience will not be very smooth.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard Edition: 3456
  • Antutu Benchmark: 11363
  • Nenamark2:  47.3 fps
  • Multi Touch:  2 point

Lava Iris X1 Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

The loudspeaker is placed on the rear back panel at the bottom, it might get blocked and muffled at times when you place the device on a flat table. Sound from loud speaker is quite loud and good enough you can get at this price point. It can also play HD videos but 720p videos played fine but when we tried playing 1080p videos they showed audio and video sync issues, still you can play them well using third party video players like MX Player. You can also use this phone for GPS navigation it worked for us, when we tried using it in Outdoors but when we were indoors it was not able to lock GPS coordinates because of low signal strength.

Lava Iris X1 Photo Gallery

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What We Liked

  • Better Camera Performance
  • Light Weight
  • Great Form Factor and One Handed Usage
  • Front Camera

What We Did Not Liked

  • Good but Not Great Built Quality
  • Average Battery Life

Conclusion and Price

Lava Iris X1 is available in offline market and online market for around Rs. 7999 INR and it is one of the good Moto E competitor with better camera, front camera, apps can be installed with SD card and display which is slightly less in resolution than Moto E but color reproduction of the display is good enough. In all we like Lava Iris X1 apart from the fact that it has good but not great built quality and stock android camera user interface but still none of these points can be deal breaker for many users out there.

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