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Lava the India based smartphone vendor, who recently launched Xolo X500, an Intel Clover Trail+ smartphone has now come up with an entry-level smartphone. Already, Lava has a few budget smartphones tied up to its Iris lineup and now, Iris 351 has also been added to the lineup.
The new dual SIM handset - Iris 351 has been spotted online on different e-commerce sites including Saholic, Flipkart and Infibeam at a price of Rs 3,899. At such a low price tag, it is clear that the new Lava offering will pack only basic specifications being an entry-level smartphone.
Display: Iris 351 has a 3.5 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution.
Processor: The handset is powered by a single-core 1GHz processor under its hood.
OS: Iris 351 is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, which is an older version of the platform.
Camera: The dual SIM handset has a 2MP rear camera and lacks a front facing camera for video calling purpose.
Storage: In terms of storage, the Lava offering comes with 512MB internal memory, 256MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: The handset is packed with features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 2G.
Battery: Iris 351 is loaded with a 1,300 mAh battery of undisclosed backup.
It may sound too outdated to hear that a Gingerbread based Wi-Fi only (no 3G) handset is launched when the budget smartphone arena is moving forward towards Jelly Bean and several advanced specifications. However, not only Lava, but several other companies have also come forward with such Wi-Fi only Gingerbread based smartphones in the sub Rs 4,500 price range for those who are looking for wallet friendly basic smartphones. Lets have a look at the 5 competing warriors already there in the market.
Spice Stellar Buddy Mi-315
Spice has unveiled Stellar Buddy Mi-315 via online retailers sporting a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with an unknown resolution (speculated to be 320 x 240 pixels), Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, dual SIM support, 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB internal storage, 2G, 3.2MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,400 mAh battery.
With a price tag of Rs 3,490 and better camera, Spice Mi-315 can be a potential rival to Lava Iris 351 with a slightly larger display.
Karbonn A1+ is a dual SIM smartphone and the upgraded version of A1, which is the first Android smartphone released by the Indian handset manufacturer in 2011. Being an upgraded version of A1, the new A1+ has a larger display, faster processor, Android upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread, improved battery and increased backup.
When it comes to specs, A1+ has a 3.5 inch HVGA multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz single core processor, a micro SD card slot, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 3MP rear camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a 1,500 mAh battery delivering 4 hours talk time and 240 hours standby.
Priced at Rs 4,440, Karbonn A1+ comes with a better camera as compared to the low priced Lava Iris 351.
Micromax Smarty A25
Micromax Smarty A25 sports a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixel resolution, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM, 120MB internal memory, micro SD card slot, 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a 1,280 mAh Li-ion battery offering 4 hours talk time and 180 hours standby.
Priced at Rs 3,300, Smarty A25 may be priced lower than Iris 351, but it comes with a smaller display and low camera performance.
Intex Aqua 3.2
Aqua 3.2 packs a 3.2 inch 5 point capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS, 2MP rear camera, 75MB onboard storage, micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi, EDGE/GPRS, Bluetooth and a 1,200 mAh Li-ion battery delivering up to 4 hours talk time and 180 hours standby.
Supporting Hindi and English languages, Intex Aqua 3.2 is priced at Rs 3,790 and the company is offering a free back pack worth Rs 700 along with the smartphone. Moreover, with similar specifications, the Intex smartphone could be a stiff competitor to Lava Iris 351.
Celkon A83 boasts a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS, 2MP rear camera, 512MB onboard storage, 256MB RAM, micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,450 mAh Li-ion battery.
Priced at Rs 3,499, the Celkon A83 has similar specifications as the Lava Iris 351 and hence, both could be considered as direct rivals.