Lava International Limited is one of the most prominent manufacturers of smartphones in India. The smartphones manufactured by Lava not only compete with the indigenous manufacturers like Micromax and Karbonn but also give a cut throat competition to multinational smartphone makers like Samsung and others. Like most Indian manufacturers, the aim to Lava International is to make available quality smartphones at affordable prices. The newly launched smartphone Lava Iris 504Q meets all these parameters. It has been made available for pre-bookings at online stores at a very affordable price of Rs.13,499. This smartphones beats others like Micromax Canvas 2 Plus, Micromax Canvas HD, Karbonn Titanium S5, Zen Ultrafone 701HD and Samsung Galaxy Grand in certain of its features. It beats these phones especially in features like its slimness, its HD display with OGS technology, its superior resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, and its pixel density of 294 ppi, the BSI sensor of its camera, its gesture controls and provision of free flip cover. Let us review and discuss features, specifications, price and availability of this smartphone in India.
Networks supported, SIM and release date
The operating frequencies supported by Lava Iris 504Q are 2G GSM 900, 1800 MHz / UTMS: 2100 MHz and 3G HSDPA. It is a dual SIM smartphone supporting (WCDMA / GSM+GSM) and (Dual standby). The smartphone has been launched on June 25, 2013 and will be available for sale by June end.
Dimensions, weight and colours
This smartphone admeasures 142.9 x 72.9 x 8.4 mm. When we compare this smartphone with other popular smartphones like Micromax Canvas A110Q, Micromax Canvas HD A116, Karbonn Titanic S5 and Samsung Galaxy Grand in this category of smartphones, the Lava Iris 504Q is the slimmest of these smartphones with a thickness of 8.4 mm. The other 4 smartphones are thicker than this smartphone. This smartphone is available only single grey colour.
The display size of Iris 504Q from Lava International Limited is 5.0 inches, which has become a standard size for most of the phones with a large display. The display type of this smartphone is TFT LCD touchscreen with 16M colours. The special feature of the display of this phone is the use of OGS (One Glass Solution) technology. This technology does away with the space between the display and the touchscreen. As such, the OGS technology allows the user to directly touch what is on the screen. The screen resolution is HD 1280 x 720 pixels with IPS display. It offers you better viewing angles, clarity and superb colours. The pixel density of 294 ppi, which compares well with the 294 ppi of Micromax Canvas HD and is much better than the 187 ppi of Samsung Galaxy Grand, makes this smartphone to give vividly clear pictures.
UI, Apps and gestures recognition feature
The menu screen of this smartphone has usual 4 tabs like Main, Apps, Games and Widgets. If you swipe down the home screen, it makes the notification bar visible. When you swipe up with your two fingers, you can find the settings panel for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, auto-rotation toggles etc. It is similar to a feature seen on Nexus devices. The gesture controls is the unique feature introduced by Lava on a budget phone like this one. Lava has done this taking a cue perhaps from Samsung Galaxy S4. You have just to swipe your hand across the screen even without touching the screen, to browse the picture gallery or for changing the tracks. You can play usual games like Temple Run 2 without any difficulty. It is also compatible to play games like Modern Combat 2, Dead Trigger and Shadowgun. However, the frame rates are not very great, but justify the price of a budget phone as it is. On the AnTuTu benchmark, the device has scored 12,964 mark, which is quite good for a budget Android set with a quad core processor.
Memory and storage
Iris 504Q has a 4 GB ROM of which, more than 2 GB is available for the user. The microSD card slot in this smartphone allows the memory to be expanded up to 32 GB. The 1 GB RAM of this phone combined with the power of 1.2 GHz quad core CPU and 4 GB ROM, makes the multi-tasking quite easy and playing of video games a pleasing experience.
Internet and data transfer connectivity
For internet and data transfer connectivity in Lava Iris 504Q, there are features like Email, Preinstalled Android browser, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, USB, Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth with A2DP, USB OTG, GPS and 3.5 mm audio jack.
Camera and video features
We have an 8 MP primary camera at the rear in this smartphone. This camera has features like autofocus, LED flash, BSI, zoom, face detection, panorama shot, HDR and beauty mode. The camera also recognises gestures and clicks photos when you swipe your hand near the proximity sensor. This can be annoying at times. You may be wanting to access camera settings and it starts clicking photos. So, it is advisable to turn off the gesture recognition feature if you don't want to let it happen. The smartphone has the HD video recording capability at 1080p @ 30 fps. BSI is a back illuminated sensor for the camera of this phone that increases the light captured enabling user to shoot bright and amazing pictures even in the low-light conditions. In fact, this is the special feature of this camera, which is not available in some popular smartphones in this category. There is a front facing 2 MP secondary camera to allow to indulge into endless video chats with your friends and relations.
OS, CPU and Sensors
The Lava smartphone Iris 504Q runs on the Google's latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. The smartphone is powered by 1.2 GHz quad core Arm v7 processor supported by Mediatek MT6589 chipset. The processor of this smartphone compares well with the 1.2 GHz quad core processors of Micromax Canvas 2 Plus, Canvas HD A116 and Karbonn Titanium S5. However, the 1.2 GHz quad core processor of this phone supersedes the 1.2 GHz dual core processor of Samsung Galaxy Grand. This smartphones sports sensors like G sensor, Motion sensor, Proximity and BSI sensors. Proximity sensor knows to lock the phone when you are on a call. The Light sensor makes the light optimal and saves on battery by dimming the light when the phone is not in use.
GPS and Java support
This phone from Lava International is provided with A-GPS facility for navigation. There is a Java support as well.
Music and video players and supported file formats
This smartphone has a music player with supported file formats like AMR, MIDI, MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WAV. It also has a video player with supported file formats such as 3GP and MP4. The user might need a very good headset to enjoy music since the packaged headset is only of an average quality. Similarly, there are not many video file formats supported. But you can overcome this shortcoming by installing a third party player like MX player.
Radio and ringtones
The smartphone has an FM radio for entertainment. The ringtones supported by this smartphone are 64 Polyphonic, MP3, WAV, AMR and AAC.
Business & call features
Lava Iris 504Q supports business features like Email, Calendar and To Do. The call features supported by this mobile phone are Conference call, Hands free, Loudspeaker, Call divert, Call barring, Call waiting, Speed dialling and Call recording.
Some other additional features are Predictive text input, MMS, Alarm, Calculator, Sound recorder, Flash light, MX player and Opera browser. Since this smartphone is provided with USB On-the-Go (OTG) facility, the users get the advantage of making use of apps like Facebook, Fusion, Gmail, Google plus, Hungama, Local maps, Messenger, Modern combat, Navigation, Paytm, Play store, Gtalk, Twitter, Wonder zoo, YouTube, Whats App, Voice search, Cricket fever and Shark dash.
Battery, talktime, standby time
Lava Iris 504Q is equipped with a Li-Po 2000 mAh battery. This battery is powerful enough to give it a talk time of up to 15 hours and 30 minutes for audio calling over 2G when making use of dual SIM. The talk time for audio calling over 3G is up to 11 hours and 30 minutes. The video calling over 3G time is up to 2 hours and 40 minutes under dual SIM conditions. The battery is capable of giving standby time of up to 230 hours. You can continuously browse up to 8 hours. The continuous video can be played up to 7 hours with this battery.
In-sales package and warranty
The sales package box includes a handset, battery, headset, data cable, screen guard, charger, back cover, flip cover, OTG cable. The warrant provided by the manufacturer is for 1 year on the phone.
Price and availability
The manufacturer has announced a price of Rs.13,499 while launching this smartphone on June 25, 2013. According to the company press note, the smartphone will be available on online stores like Flipkart.com, Snapdeal.com, Infibeam.com, Tradus.com, Saholic.com and Indiatimes Shopping. Flipkart also gives an extra 8% discount on mobile phones.
Lava Iris 504Q possesses certain unique features not usually available in budget Android smartphone. The smartphone has HD display with edge-to-edge OGS (On Glass Screen) technology. With a thickness of 8.4 mm it is undoubtedly the slimmest and sleekest smartphone among similar budget smartphones in this category. Its gestures control feature is a novelty in this type of smartphones. The smartphone is offered a flip cover inside the box. Of course, the glass is not scratch resistant and the users are required to buy good quality a screen protection to overcome this shortcoming. On the whole, Lava Iris 504Q is an excellent choice for the quality and the price at which it is offered.
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