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