Lava Iris X1 launched with Android 4.4.2 KitKat in India, priced at Rs 7,999: Features, specifications, and comparison

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After Micromax, another local smartphone vendor Lava has announced the Iris X1 to take on the Motorola’s Moto E in India. Lava had earlier teased the phone to be the company’s first budget offering with Android 4.4.2 KitKat onboard. The phone is priced at Rs 7,999, which makes it slightly costlier than the Micromax’s Unite 2 and Canvas Engage smartphone, as well as the Moto E, which was the first to offer the KitKat flavor at such a low price point. Both the Moto E and Unite 2 are priced at Rs 6,999, while the Canvas Engage has been spotted online for Rs 6,199.

In terms of specifications, the Iris X1 comes with 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS (854×480 pixels) display, which is bigger than the Moto E’s 4.3-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) display and smaller than the Unite 2’s 4.7-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display. It is powered by Broadcom’s BCM23550 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable with a microSD card. The phone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and LED flash and a BSI+ sensor, which can record as well as play 1080p videos, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity-wise, the phone comes with Dual-SIM support, 3G network support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and AGPS.

The Lava Iris X1 offers Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, which also is one of the key features of the phone, however unlike Motorola and Micromax, Lava does not guarantee it will provide the next software update.

Priced at Rs 7,999, Iris X1 will be available in black and white colors, and is up against the likes of Moto E and Mircomax Unite 2. To give a quick recap, Motorola’s budget offering Moto E comes with a 4.3-inch (960×540 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, is powered by a Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Unlike its previous two smartphones, this one also comes with an expandable memory support using a microSD card. Other features in the phone include a 5-megapixel rear camera, and support for dual-SIM, 3G network Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS/AGPS. Apart from this, the Moto E comes with a nano coating on the inside as well as the outside, which can protect it against the accidental splash of water, which is missing from both Micromax’s Unite 2 as well as Lava’s Iris X1 smartphones. The phone is available black and white colors, however users can buy colored shells for the phone, which are now available on Flipkart.

The Micromax Unite 2, on the other hand, comes with a 4.7-inch display WVGA (800×480 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and just like Motorola, Micromax too is guaranteeing an upgrade to the software. Connectivity options in the phone include dual-SIM support, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Other features in the phone include of support for 21 languages. The phone is available in red, white, green and grey colors.

The Iris X1 phone will be available on Amazon in India from May 27, and those who will buy it from Amazon on the launch date will get an additional 16GB microSD card for free. Apart from Amazon, the Lava Iris X1 will be available at brick and mortar stores as well as popular electronic retail chains.

 

Lava Iris X1

Micromax Unite 2

Motorola Moto E

DISPLAY

4.5-inch FWVGA IPS (854×480 pixels)

4.7-inch Bright Graph IPS WVGA (800×480 pixels)

4.3-inch qHD (960×540 pixels)

PROCESSOR

1.2GHz Broadcom BCM23550 quad-core

1.3GHz quad-core

1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 dual-core

RAM

1GB

1GB

1GB

STORAGE

Gb expandable

4GB expandable

4GB expandable

CAMERAS (REAR/FRONT)

8-megapixel/2-megapixel

5-megapixel/2-megapixel

5-megapixel/NA

ANDROID OS

4.4.2 Kitkat

4.4.2 Kitkat

4.4.2 Kitkat

PRICE

Rs 7,999

Rs 6,999

Rs 6,999



  • Dhaivat Trivedi

    Hey guys this is an honest review of this phone. I’ve used it for more than a month and then I sold it on olx and this is my experience:

    Lava is an indian company. And as a budget device manufacturing company, they keep in mind the average people while making their devices. The main flaw in the design of these devices is that, THE 4GB INTERNAL STORAGE IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SYSTEM PARTITIONS (1.1GB FOR APPS AND THE OTHER 1.36GB FOR OTHER MASS STORAGE OR AS WHAT THEY CALL “SD CARD”).

    This is totally un-cool. You buy a device to get more storage and what you get is a low space and a bunch of flaws in the UI. Yes you can insert a memory card. But… after you move your application to the sd card, it simply vanishes after you reboot your phone! AND IT ALWAYS HAPPENED NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!!! You can check online, you can check on xda devlopers site. Everyone is complaining about this!

    Then I tried to use a different memory card. I thought that it may be my card that is causing this trouble. I was using samsung 2GB class 4 memory card. So I switched to a 16GB class 10 (samsung only) and I spent 1200 bucks for it! And you know what happened?? IT NEVER WORKED! I TRIED ROOTING BUT THE KITKAT MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT TO ROOT! SO I WAS UNABLE TO PERFORM THE ROOT! AND IT SHOWED THAT THE CARD IS CORRUPTED! I replaced the order from snapdeal (their service is just mindblowing. the guy never even asked me for a thing and replaced it without any disputes). But you know what??? SAME RESULT!! I TRIED IT WITH MY CARD READER ON MY LAPTOP. AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY FINE!

    I know that many people doesn’t have a concern about applications. You just love those iphone-ish looks don’t you. WELL, I DID TOO!! And you know what happened? One day my brother dropped it from even less than a meter’s height and bamm! The side silver bazzle got scrached and not even that! The back got a little damaged just by one blow! Now no matter what I fit there, back cover or the flip cover, it just won’t fit perfectly like before!!

    It’s a relief that I managed to sell the phone and the guy who bought it didn’t notice it. Otherwise my money was totally wasted you know!

    So please guys, think twice before buying these sort of “good looking” phones. They’re just good for photo shooting and for making and receiving calls. NOTHING ELSE!

    • David

      Hey bro? You just don’t have any idea how to use your phone or maybe it’s just that you lack proper technical knowledge on how to root or solve the SD card storage issue for your Lava Iris X1. I bought the same phone and you know what? It’s just mind blowing. Not only have I succeed in rooting my device with the Vroot Software before the Lava Iris X1 update (after updating your Lava Iris X1 firmware the rooting option won’t work) but I’ve also installed super su and busybox from the play Store and the experience is awesome on this device. No apps missing whatsoever. Try going to storage options in settings and the issue will be resolved. And one last thing, if your brother was careless and dropped the phone then you don’t have any right to blame Lava for that instead you should have bought a phone with gorilla glass protection and paid a bit more for that feature.Anyway I’m glad you sold your Lava phone but you should’ve also tried using another SD card such as transcend which I use (16 GB) Because it’s great. I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings in this reply but if you want to reply back just get in touch with me at cliftondmonte@gmail.com … TC.

      • Dhaivat Trivedi

        don’t worry I’m not offended or hurt by ur reply. It’s just my experience and that doesn’t mean that urs should be the same. And the main flaw here is that the Internal storage is partitioned. U only get 1.1GB for apps. That’s not enough for any phone out there.. This phone has 1GB of RAM so it’s capable of high quality games. But due to lack of internal memory, u can’t even install them! Then what’s the point!