Lava today announced a new smartphone in its Iris series, the Lava Iris Atom 2 is entry-level device priced at Rs. 4,949. We have seen a lot of manufacturers looking to launch the device under Rs,5,000 price range. There are few device better devices like Phicomm Energy 653 and ZTE Blade Qlux 4G, which also offers 4 LTE connectivity.
The Iris Atom 2 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) TFT display with a pixel density of 217ppi. It is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 512MB of RAM. There is 8GB of internal storage out of which only 5.13GB will be available to the end user, but you can expand the storage up to 32GB via a microSD card.
While its competitors offer 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that are double than what Lava offers on Iris Atom 2. It is powered by a 1,750mAh battery that offers 15 hours 50 minutes of talk time and lasts up to 221 hours on standby. The device runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Coming to the camera, it features a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. The connectivity on this dual SIM device includes 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and microUSB port. The device measures 134 x 66 x 9.15 and weighs 130 grams.
The device also offers Gesture support for quick access to apps. It is available in the colors – White and Black and can be purchased online exclusively from Flipkart and offline through selected retail outlets.
With the ultra-low pricing of the device, the company left few important features like 4G LTE and GPS that are almost available in the every smartphone that launched recently. Without much innovation, the local manufacturers cannot hold on to their bigger shares competing with the Chinese manufacturers at this sub $100 price range.