The mobile handset business is booming. In fact, sort of tectonic shifts have been experienced with the arrival of so many companies coming into the market which can be compared to an avalanche. And the surge in the market isn't stopping anytime soon.
A host of Indian smartphone makers are now flooding the market. Of course, the usual big handset makers are already these such as Apple, Samsung and Sony. But the Indian handset makers are making sure that the market ratio is equally divided among all.
Keeping the advent of Indian handset makers in tune with the others in the market, handset maker Lava is also looking to get into the act with its own regular offerings for the Indian users. The newest one in line being the new Lava Iris X1.
The Lava Iris X1 easily falls, like many more before it, in the "Moto E Killer" section. The device at a glance reminds you of an Apple iPhone (seriously!) and is one of the best sub 10k handsets that are available currently in the market.
Sure, if you have the chance, you will anyway go for a Moto E since it is one of the top selling handsets of the year in the Indian market. But with that popularity, past few weeks have seen the device flying off Flipkart's shelves. But while that happens, could the new Lava handset be a great replacement to it?
We spent quite a bit of time with the X1, thanks to the white review unit Lava sent us over. What were the highlights of the new device? Does it have enough to stand against other big names in the market? Let's take a closer look.
Lava Iris X1 Review: Form Factor and Operating System
If you have seen the previously released Iris Pro 3 handset from Lava, you should be able to compare with the new device, since both look same. But as we mentioned before, the first thing that will indeed come to your mind when you see the device is that it looks so much like an iPhone.
The device is basically well built. It feels quite sturdy in hand and it has to be said that the Lava did a brilliant thing by putting a great effort in the designing of the device.
The Iris X1 sports 4.5-inch IPS display sports a resolution of 854 x 480. And for the sake of comparison, it's lesser than the qHD offering of its biggest rival, the Moto E. Nonetheless, the X1 offers good viewing angles and impressive color reproduction. However, that expected sharpness is missing.
As far as other hardware details of the phone are concerned, the power button and the volume rocker are placed quite ergonomically to offer good feedback in the user's hands. You will also see that all the ports for the phone are placed at the top of the device.
The handset's 4.5-inch display has a slim bezel on the sides of it, although the top and bottom of the device stand different. On top, you will find the usual proximity and ambient light sensor, alongside the LED for notification purposes.
The device has a front-facing 2MP camera, while the back cover of the handset easily comes off to reveal a full sized SIM slot for 3G and a micro SIM slot for 2G. There's also a microSD card slot at the back that can support SD cards up to 64GB.
The Lava Iris X1, arriving as a ready rival to the Moto E, as expected, comes running the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system (stock, obviously). And that's normal since most of the handsets these days are anyway cashing in on the latest from Google.