For a while now, Lava has been known as a maker of affordable Android smartphones. The company is now expanding its range, setting its sights on a more premium set of smartphones. With the Lava Z series, the company is trying to bring more premium set of features at a mid-range prices, offering you the best of both worlds.
Lava has marked its entry to a premium smartphone segment by launching its “Z-Series”. The Lava Z25 comes up with a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with 720×1280 resolution. It is powered by an octa-core processor and has 4 GB RAM. Lava Z25 primary camera comes up with 13 MP primary camera with dual LED flash. It also has 8MP secondary camera.
Lava Z25 Full Specifications
|Key Specs||Lava Z25|
|Display||5.5 inch IPS LCD Display|
|Screen Resolution||1280 x 720 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Processor||1.51 GHz octa-core|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, LED flash|
|Dimensions||151.5 × 76.4 × 8.5 mm|
Lava Z25 Coverage
Just like most of the other smartphones of the particular segment, Lava has also opted to pack its phone with a metallic unibody. This gives a smooth grip and improved finish. Though it features a 5.5-inch but, the phone is quite handy to operate with single hand. The overall weight of the phone measures 162 grams.
On the front, the device comes with a 5.5-inch display with IPS LCD display. Above the display, Z25 features speaker grille, ambient light sensor and front camera.
Below the screen is a plain surface and navigation buttons are integrated into the screen
The left side features the volume rocker.
At the top one gets, a 3.5mm audio jack
On the bottom, the USB port for charging and dual speakers are integrated
Lava Z25 comes with a 1.5GHz octa-core processor with MediaTek MT6750 chipset, the graphic duties are handled by Mali-T860 GPU. Further, the processor is coupled to 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The storage can be further upgraded through microSD.
App Launch Speed
The app launch speed on the Lava Z25 was good in out initial testing.
Multitasking and RAM Management
Lava Z25 with its 4GB RAM and Mediatek MT6750 chipset handles multitasking very well. Multitasking on this phone is easy and fast. It has 4GB of RAM and hence, handles multiple tasks at once without giving you a chance to complain.
The scrolling speed of the device is good. We did not notice lags while browsing through heavy web pages.
The Lava Z25 sports a 13 MP Sony IMX258 Exmor RS sensor with Phase Detection Autofocus, f/2.0 aperture and LED flash as its primary camera. On the front, the device sports a 8 MP secondary camera with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture for selfies.
The Lava Z25 comes with a 13 MP Sony IMX258 Exmor RS Sensor with PDAF. The images taken through the device are decent. The color reproduction on the device is excellent. Additional features which makes it’s camera photographer’s delight are the Bokeh Mode and Night Pro Mode for low light shooting. While it may not be the best camera in its class, the Z25 offers decent camera experience to its users.
The Lava Z25 comes with a 3020 mAh battery. While the battery is enough for one day of moderate use, it may not be enough for heavy users. Lava could have added a bigger battery considering that other devices in its range are coming with bigger batteries these days.
As the device lacks Fast Charge support, it takes almost two hours to charge the device from 0-100%. Lack of Fast Charge support in a mid range device may be disappoint many users.
Looks and Design
There has been an increase in devices with metal unibody design in the mid range segment. Lava has also opted to launch its phone with a metallic unibody. This gives a smooth grip and improved finish. Though it features a 5.5-inch but, the phone is quite handy to operate with single hand.
The overall weight of the phone measures 162 grams. The fingerprint sensor placement makes it easy to use it. It comes with a 2.5D curved glass that gives it it a premium look.
Quality of Material
The metal unibody design of the Lava Z25 gives it a premium look. The device is made up of good quality material and there are no issues with the build of the device.
The Lava Z25 comes with a metal body and display size of 5.5 inches. It weighs 163 grams and its dimensions are 151.5 x 76.4 x 8.5 mm. It is above an average sized phone.
Display Clarity, Colors and Viewing Angles
The Lava Z25 comes with a 5.5 inch HD IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution but, pixel density is quite low measuring ~267 ppi. Though the resolution is HD, low pixel density restricts sharp color reproduction. It comes with a 2.5D curved glass that gives it it a premium look.
Outdoor Visibility (Full Brightness)
Outdoor visibility is good, but the colors don’t look dull when the brightness is not full.
Custom User Interface
The Lava Z25 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Lava’s StarOS v3.3 skinned on top. As of now, there is no information regarding Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade to the device. It comes with gesture feature which allows users to open apps using motion gestures. Apart from the usual Google’s Suite of apps, the Z25 comes pre installed with apps such as Hike, Gaana, UC Browsers, News Point, BeautyPlus Me, Paytm and Jio apps.
The Lava Z25 comes with dual speakers placed at the bottom. While this is not the best location for placing the speaker, it still is better than the speakers being placed in the rear body. The speakers on the device gives a decent sound output and you will not miss any calls.
In our testing, we found that the call quality of the Lava Z25 is decent. The microphone and the speaker works properly.
We tested out the phone by playing three games that we thought could challenge the phone. We played Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 on the device. The device offered smooth gaming experience and we did not face any lag. The GPU handled the games very well.
The Lava Z25, powered by a Mediatek MT6750 processor and 4 GB RAM is a good option in the midrange segment. The device comes with a 13 MP Sony IMX258 Exmor RS Sensor with PDAF makes it a good device for camera enthusiasts. The metal unibody design of the device gives it a premium look. A 3,020 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, and front LED flash are some of the other important features of the device.