Domestic smartphone makers have recently been seen putting more focus on the ultra cheap smartphone space, i.e. sub-Rs. 5,000 segment, in India.
There were options available in this price segment earlier as well, but those were not as good as the latest ones that released in past few months, as now there are pretty good smartphone offerings, which made this segment very competitive.
Now Lava has added a new smartphone, the Iris Fuel F1 Mini, under this range. This is an Android phone that is priced at Rs. 4,399. The smartphone has been spotted on the company's website.
Key Specifications and features:
Lava Iris Fuel F1 Mini comes with specifications best suited for this price segment. It features a 4-inch WVGA display with 480x800 pixels resolution, and is powered by a 1GHz single-core chipset paired with 512GB of RAM, though we wish it could come with dual-cores and 1GB of RAM instead. It has 8GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded to up to 32GB via microSD card.
Speaking of camera, the 5-megapixel rear camera on the phone is supported with LED flash, and comes with features like face recognition, Panorama, geo tagging, and HDR modes. There also is a VGA (0.3-megapixel) front-facing camera.
Speaking of software, the phone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box, which is dated considering that many smartphones in this price range come with the Lollipop iteration.
On the connectivity front, the Lava Iris Fuel F1 Mini supports dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It runs on a 2000mAh battery, which should give up to 19 hours of talk time, and up to 157 hours of standby time, as per company's claims.
The handset will be available in Black and White colour options.
The Lava Iris Fuel F1 Mini smartphone will compete against Micromax's recently launched budget offerings including the Canvas Spark 2, Fire 2 and Play 2, amongst others. As for its availability, the Lava Iris Fuel F1 Mini smartphone is expected to hit the markets soon, considering that it has already been listed on the company's website.