Lava iris X8 Full Review
Lava secretly launched their reply to Micromax's Yureka and Xiaomi's Redmi Note. Even though this phone might seem like just another phone in the market, Lava International's Vice President and Head Product, Navin Chawla, feels differently. He claims that it has been designed carefully keeping in mind the consumer who wants great performance at a great price. If you ask me, I think it takes a lot of guts to go out at Redmi Note and Yu Yureka. Both of these phones are selling out like hot cakes, mainly because of their amazing specifications and, of course, the price tag under Rs.10,000. So, can Lava live up to their expectations, or will this phone drown under the river of smartphones that have launched recently. Let's find out!
Looks and Build Quality:
First of all, the build quality and the looks are just amazing. Lava has done a really great job in terms of design. It may look a little similar to the iPhone, but it has it's own differences. At the top we have the earpiece, secondary camera and the proximity sensor. Down below, we have our 5inch screen, below which is the touch capacitative buttons. On the right, we have the volume rocker and the power button. We don't have any buttons or ports at the bottom or left. Turning around, we can see a metal like lining given on the side (I'm not sure of the material, it looks a little like plastic). Behind, we have the primary camera with the flash, the iris X8 logo, Lava logo and the loudspeaker.
In terms of hardware, it is almost equal to Yureka and Redmi Note. But there are certain drawbacks here. We have a MediaTek ARM Cortex-A7 MTK 6592M chipset with an octa core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It also comes with 2 GB of RAM. The MTK 6592M chipset comes with the Mali 450-MP4 GPU clocked at 600 MHz. We have 16 GB of internal storage of which 12.9 is available to the user. Added to that, we can expand it to 32GB via microSD. This phone doesn't support 4G and that is a huge drawback, because both the other phones in this price bracket support 4G.
Specs at a Glance:
1.4GHz ARM Cortex A7 Octa Core processor
Mali 450-MP4 @ 600 MHz
5inch, HD IPS display, with Asahi Glass
16GB internal, expandable upto 32GB
2500 mAh Li-Pol
iris X8 sports a 5inch screen, when compared to the 5.5inch screens of Yureka and Redmi Note. But in my opinion, a 5inch screen is the best, in terms of overall color production, viewing angles and usability. This phone is easy to hold and feels great in hand. It weighs 160 grams and that is how I like my phones. The 5inch display sports an HD resolution of 1280x720 and it is made of an IPS panel. So viewing angles will be great. For protection, we have Asahi Dragon trail Glass coating over the panel.
Even though the iris X8 comes with an 8MP rear camera, it is one the best in class. The rear camera comes with BSI III sensor and it hosts a lot of features like QR Code Scanner, Face Detection, Facebook Upload, HDR, Panorama Mode, Face Beauty Mode and Live Photo Mode. The dual LED flash lets you take photos in low light conditions but the pictures will be a bit grainy like in all cameras. The rear camera supports full HD recording at 30fps. In the front we have a 3MP camera. This is a major letdown for selfie lovers as it is nowhere near in terms of quality when compared to the Yureka. iris X8 made a big mistake here.
Battery and Verdict:
The phone runs on Android KitKat (v4.4) out of the box and it is guaranteed with a Lollipop update. There is a 2500 mAH Li-Pol battery which, according to Lava, will give you:
Talk Time (2G) 14 Hrs
Talk Time (3G) 9 hours 40 minutes
Standby Time (2G) 291 hours
Standby Time (3G) 291 hours
The battery is pretty big and should last you roughly more than a day. As far as the verdict is concerned, Yu Yureka is still at the top of the table. If you want a phone that looks slightly similar to an iPhone, performs well enough and has good overall quality, you may go for this one. But, if you want a phone that is the king the budget segment, give this one a miss.