We have seen several smartphones in recent times and Lava follows a similar approach with its latest Lava Iris Fuel 60 launched today for 8,888 INR. Apart from a big juicy battery, Lava Iris Fuel 60 promises some more merit at least on paper. Read on to know our first impressions of Iris Fuel 60.
Lava Iris Fuel 60 Quick Specs
- Display Size: 5 Inch 1280 X 720 HD resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Processor: 1.3 GHz quad core MT6582 with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
- RAM: 1 GB
- Software Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- Camera: 10 MP, Can record 1080p videos
- Secondary Camera: 2 MP
- Internal Storage: 8GB
- External Storage: up to 32 GB via MicroSD card
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- Connectivity: 3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth v3.0, GPS, USB OTG
Lava Iris Fuel 60 Hands on Review, Camera, Features, Price and Overview [Video]
Design, Build and Display
The first thing you will notice about Lava Iris Fuel 60 is its Chunky demeanor. The weight is well balanced and the devices felt sturdy enough. It does not exude premium feel, but fits well in hand for a nice grip. The smartphone is completely built out of plastic, which is what you would expect at this price point.
The 5 Inch IPS LCD display has good viewing angles and gorilla glass 3 protection layered on top, which is again an admirable attribute in a budget smartphone. The display exhibits decent viewing angles and colors but is slightly prone to fingerprints.
Processor and RAM
Lava is using the traditional MT6582 quad core Chipset with 1 GB RAM for decent performance and multi tasking. The chipset has been used in most low cost Android smartphones this past year, including Google’s Android One smartphones. We expect this to be a good performer in day to day operations.
Camera and Internal Storage
The rear camera has a 10 MP sensor, which on paper, is a notch above conventional 8 MP shooters that we usually see in this price range. In our initial testing, Camera quality was average. It felt like most 8 MP shooters we have come across in budget price range. We would like to test it further before passing our verdict on camera quality. The front 2 MP shooter will suffice for decent video calling.
Internal storage is 8 GB, which can be further expanded by another 32 GB using MicroSD card support. There is option for choosing MicroSD a card as the default write disk. USB OTG support is also present, which implies you can carry all media files in a separate flash drive.
User Interface and Battery
Software is Android 4.4.2 KitKat with some minor UI customizations. Lava also mentioned OTA upgrade to latest Android 5.0 Lollipop is under works, but didn’t mention any time frame for same. The software is light and runs smoothly on Iris Fuel 60.
Battery capacity is 4000 mAh and the company claims around 32 hours of talk time. How long it lasts while watching HD videos or while browsing the internet on 3G remains to be seen. We do hope the battery backup is worthy enough to offset its chunky profile.
Lava Iris Fuel 60 Photo Gallery
Highlight of Lava Iris Fuel 60 remains its capacious battery. Lava hasn’t treated build quality has its top priority with this one. The display, chipset, camera and other hardware wouldn’t be a deal breaker by any scale in this price range. Lava Iris Fuel 60 will be available in stores starting 25th December for 8,888 INR.