Ahead of Reliance Jio s 4G LTE launch in India, Reliance Digital, retail business part of Reliance Industries, has launched three new smartphones under a Lyf brand. The new smartphones — Earth 1, Water 1 and Water 2 — are priced between Rs 15,499 and Rs 25,800, and come with support for VoLTE network, which will be available with Reliance Jio s 4G service. We spent some time with the Earth 1, which is the top end smartphone of the Lyf series. Here are our first impressions of the smartphone. Also Read - Reliance Jio JioPostPaid Plus: How to get this serviceAlso Read - Jio launches in-flight data and voice calling plans for Postpaid Plus users
The Earth 1 is officially priced at Rs 25,800, but is available on Reliance Digital with a 7 percent discount, for Rs 23,990. The smartphone comes with top of the line specifications, taking on the likes of a wide-range of high-specced Android smartphones. The Lyf Earth 1 has a 5.5-inch full HD display. It runs on Android 5.1.1 and is powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor along with 3GB of RAM. Also Read - Reliance Jio: How to set caller tune on your smartphone
The smartphone comes with two cameras on the rear — a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor — and a 5-megapixel front facing camera with an LED flash. It comes with 32GB of built-in storage, and supports expandable storage up to 32GB via microSD. Connectivity options include dual-SIM support, USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery.
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Along with a competitive set of specifications, Reliance has also focused on the design of the phone. The Earth 1 has an aluminium alloy frame on the sides, while the rear has a Gorilla Glass cover. Despite a glass back and a 5.5-inch size, the smartphone fits easily in palm and is easy to grip. The Earth 1 looks quite beautiful, but feels slightly heavy and thick. The device weighs about 162 grams, and measures 76.6x154x7.2 mm. Everything said and done, the Earth 1 is a well designed smartphone and looks quite premium.
The Earth 1 has a 5.5-inch full HD display, which has become a standard for mid-range smartphone these days. The display on the Earth 1 is quite decent but is little on warmer side. The images in the gallery appear tad warmer on the device as compared to the same image on laptop. That said, during our brief usage, the smartphone delivered quite decent outdoor and indoor visibility. The auto brightness works fluidly and is bright enough to offer good legibility even under harsh sunlight.
One of the most impressive elements of the Earth 1 is its rear dual 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel camera set up. The camera gives users a slew of customization features ranging from ISO levels, exposure, white balance, sharpness to HDR mode. We took a few photos from the Earth 1, which you can check it out below.
The camera does a near excellent job at macro shots, and is even better at depth of field. In terms of color accuracy, brightness and contrast ratio, the camera does quite a decent job in full light conditions. However, there were a few shots where white balance went out of the toss. Focus and image processing are quite snappy at auto mode, and slightly slower on HDR mode, which is the norm. Low light images are grainy, but quality is relatively better on Night Mode.
To make most of the dual-camera set up, tap on the cardboard-like icon in the camera, and shoot an image. You can tap on any part of the image to re-focus. The smartphone is capable of shooting full HD videos, and supports features such as time lapse and slow motion.
Another highlight is the 5-megapixel front facing camera with HDR and LED flash, which is quite rare for front facing cameras. The front camera delivers quite decent images in full light, but doesn’t have a beauty mode, which may disappoint selfie enthusiasts. However, there are many apps available on the Play Store that can do the trick.
It s worth pointing out that the camera interface shows 10-megapixel as the maximum resolution along with Superfine, Fine and Normal modes.
One of the things we liked about the smartphone is the minimal UI, with limited customization over the stock Android 5.1.1. With 3GB RAM with an octa-core chipset, performance ideally shouldn t be an issue for the Earth 1. On connecting the smartphone with a Wi-Fi network, it showed an alert for a new update, which promises optimization of some functions of system, and a few bug fixes. During our brief experience, the phone worked fluid.
The smartphone comes with 32GB of built-in storage of which around 25GB is available to users. It supports only 32GB microSD cards. The smartphone has a hybrid sim slot that houses dual-SIM (Micro + Micro). Both the SIM card slots support 4G.
The Lyf Earth 1 looks like a promising smartphone, though a few popular features such as fingerprint scanner could have made the phone more interesting. Stay tuned for our detailed review.