It was only Last week, when GizBot informed that Lava Mobiles is all set to launch a new quad core smartphone. Well, the report turns out to be true now, as the Indian handset maker Lava has launched a new smartphone, Iris 458q with quad core CPU for Rs. 8,999.
The phone is in fact the cheapest smartphone with quad-core processor available in the market so far. Despite all oddity what so ever regarding the device, it may make stand its ground because of the price factor.
Talking about specs, the device has following features:
Iris 458q sports a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with FWVGA resolution of 540x960 pixels
The Lava 458q runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latest iteration of the operating system.
Processor and RAM:
It is powered by a powerful quad-core processor tuned to 1.2 GHz along with 512MB of RAM which enables smooth functioning of the phone.
The smartphone packs in 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by another 32GB via microSD card.
The phone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front facing camera.
The device supports Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby and also provides users with 3G connectivity. Like all other smartphones in the market right now, the Iris 458q gives Wi-Fi connectivity as well as A-GPS.
The Lava 458q has a 2,000mAh battery.
Price and availability:
The Iris 458q smartphone is priced for Rs 8,999 and will be available across all major retail and online stores.
The phone has Proximity, Light and G Sensor as its built-in sensors. The Iris 458q is designed with a slim form factor with a curve bend and matte finish. The four cores allow the user to switch between multiple running apps. Lava Iris 458q comes to with a pre-loaded apps such as WeChat, Push Mail and Ebook reader among others as well as HD movies and games saved on the phone.
Those looking for other more options may also opt for Xolo Q700 which offers similar features like quad-core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is available for Rs 9,999. Besides, Lava Iris 458q is likely to face competition against Karbonn S1 Titanium, Zen Ultrafone 701 HD, Micromax Canvas HD and Karbonn S5 Titanium all of which offer quad-core processors in this price segment.
The 4.5 inch Xolo Q700 comes with a dual-SIM phone packed with Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. The device is powered by quad core processor clocked to 1.2GHz and backed by 1GB RAM.
The phone has 5MP back camera with LED flash & VGA front camera. For connectivity, it has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and USB. The phone is powered by 2400 mAh battery that gives 33 hrs music playback, 10 hrs video playback, 17 hrs 2G talk time, 16 hrs 3G talk time, 16 days 2G standby time, and 15 days 3G standby time. Other features include GTalk, dedicated Kids Mode with parental controls, and 4GB internal storage.
Priced at Rs 9,999 Xolo Q700 and Lava Iris 458q have the same features but the difference lies in the RAM and the Battery strength. But getting a quad core process phone with 8MP rear camera in just Rs. 8,999 sounds really attractive.
Karbonn S1 Titanium
The 4.5 inches Karbonn S1 Titanium is Powered by 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor. The device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and offers High QHD Multi Touch Capacitive Screen. The phone is powered by 1600mAh battery and supports Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n Support. It has 5MP Rear Camera with Auto Focus & Flash Light, Front Camera and 32 GB external memory card. The phone has Dual SIM support and is priced to Rs.9,299.
The device has the potential to compete with various other devices but regarding its comparison with Lava IRIS 458q it may fail. With the 8MP camera Lava may have the upper hand and at the same time the price has a major role to play which is another advantage for Lava.
Zen Ultrafone 701
Zen Ultrafone 701 HD runs on Android 4.2 Jelly bean comes with a a 5 inch IPS capacitive display with 720p resolution, MTK 6589 1.2 GHz quad core processor, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU.The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD comes with a 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor auto-focus, 3.2MP front camera, LED flashlight.
The Dual-SIM smartphone supports connectivity features including 3G, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB, GPS and 3.5mm jack. The handset comes with pretty decent Memory specifications, including 1 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM and micro SD card slot. As for the battery, Zen Ultrafone 701 HD comes with 2000 mAh capacity, with standby time of about 240 hours and talktime of up to 8 hours.
This may be another safe choice to go with with almost similar specs. Rs. 11,999 price may be a bit disadvantage to this device compared to Lava Iris 458q.
Micromax Canvas HD
The phone with dual SIM support has a 5 inch display. It has 4 GB internal storage capacity which can be expanded up to 32 GB via external microSD card. The phone runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean) platform and is powered by a quad core processor clocked to 1.2 GHz and backed by 1GB RAM. The device has 8 MP rear camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash and 2 MP fron facing camera.
Micromax canvas HD has the best of the specs and is priced to Rs. 13,690. Although this may be the safest option to go with may may opt Lava Iris 458q if the budget allows.
Karbonn Titanium S5
Powered by 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor and backed by 1GB RAM is another device from Karbonn named Karbonn Titanium S5. Karbonn Titanium S5 comes with 5 inch qHD display, Dual SIM support and 8MP Camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash and 2 MP front facing camera. The device runs on Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) platform and supports dual sim. Regarding connectivity it enabled with 2G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth.
This phone is priced at Rs. 11,990 and has the similar specs and the very less difference if it is comerad to Lava Iris 458q. Although this may outrun Lava Iris specs-wise there are chances that it will face a serious challenge against Lava Iris 458q.