Last year, Lava announced the Iris X1 in the entry level smartphone segment and as the device received great success, the firm has come up with the Iris X1 Grand and Iris X1 Mini respectively. Both the smartphones will be going on sale from February and they are priced reasonably for the specifications they pack. Here is a quick review on the Lava Iris X1 Grand that is priced at Rs 7,326.
Camera and Internal Storage
The Lava Iris X1 Grand boasts of an 8 MP main camera at its back and the sensor is teamed with dual LED flash for enhanced low light performance. Also, there is a BSI sensor and support for Full HD 1080p video recording. At the front, the device packs in a 2 MP front facer that can facilitate in making video calls and in clicking selfies. Notably, these aspects make the smartphone a decent one in its price bracket.
Like most of the other entry level smartphones available in the market, the Lava phone bundles 8 GB of native storage space that can be further expanded up to 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card.
Processor and Battery
The Lava Iris X1 Grand draws power from a quad core MediaTek MT6582M processor that ticks at 1.3 GHz clock speed. This processor is teamed up with 1 GB of RAM that can render moderate multi-tasking that is expected from a device of this pricing. The chipset has been used by several similar smartphones and it is known for its decent performance without much clutter.
A 2,200 mAh battery energizes the Lava smartphone and it is believed to pump in moderate hours of backup to the Iris X1 Grand under mixed usage. Though it is not exceptional, this battery life should be sufficient for the pricing that the device asks.
Display and Features
The Lava phone is bestowed with a 5 inch IPS display, but it retains the low FWVGA screen resolution of 480×854 pixels as the Iris X1. Although the resolution seems to be low for such a large screen, 5 inch devices are luring consumers these days as they are spacious for basic tasks.
The Iris X1 Grand is based on Android 4.4 2 KitKat and it is claimed to receive the v5.0 Lollipop update in future. There are usual connectivity aspects such as 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and dual SIM support as well onboard. The vendor provides a free flip cover and smart covers along with the Iris X1 Grand and there are features including Smart Wakeup and support to gestures.
The Lava Iris X1 Grand will be finding a tough challenge with Lenovo A6000, Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Asus Zenfone 5 8 GB, Micromax Yureka and other smartphones in the segment that pack in better specifications such as 4G connectivity. It can be a suitable competitor to the Android One smartphones that come with almost similar aspects.
|Model||Lava Iris X1 Grand|
|Display||5 inch, FWVGA|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6582M|
|Internal Storage||8 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB|
|OS||Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Camera||8 MP/ 2 MP|
What we Like
- Decent imaging department
- Competitive pricing
What we Dislike
- Lacks better screen resolution
Price and Conclusion
The Lava Iris X1 Grand priced at Rs 7,326 is a decent offering with impressive specifications onboard. But, the device lacks in some aspects such as a better display resolution as compared to its rivals. The current entry level market with flooded with advanced offerings that arrive with 4G connectivity and better overall specifications that make the Lava phone a basic one. But, it can be upgraded to Lollipop that will pack in latest features.