Another one of the smartphone brands which emerged soon after Micromax and entered the smartphone arena along with Micromax has now launched another smartphone named Iris X1. As usual, the brand had to offer many features and new body designs that attract more customers. But did it fail or pass? We compiled a review – now you tell!
The phone flaunts an iPhone-like monoblock body design which looks extremely spectacular and might even confuse a layman into thinking that it really is an iPhone! Well, we don’t know if Apple sues them for that design, but on our part – we are loving it! The phone weighs 140g and is approximately 9mm thin. The back attracts a lot of fingerprints, and so does the front. The side is lined with an aluminium like material which resembles iPhone and gives an elite feel to the phone.
With a 4.5” WVGA (480×854) capacitive display, the phone gives a pixel density of 217-ppi. The display also supports multitouch and the touch response of the phone is fairly good for an Android smartphone. We have no complaints with the display, except for the fact that a qHD display would have certainly been better for the price.
The phone comes with a nice 8MP rear camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash. The camera does a nice job in clicking photos and performs very well under low-light conditions. The camera app is the basic camera app given by google and it has more than enough settings to tamper with.
The front camera or the secondary camera is a decent 2MP camera, which also performs fairly well as a web-cam. We don’t have any complaints with the cameras in this smartphone.
Lava Iris X1 is powered by a 1.2gHz Quad-core processor on a Broadcom BCM23550 chipset, which according to us is quite powerful for a device in this price range. It has 1 Gigabyte of RAM coupled with a 4 Gigabyte of Internal Memory which is expandable to 32GB using MicroSD cards. We believe that 1 GB of RAM is a bit too less for any phone, because the apps today are too large to be put into a GB of memory. 2GB should be the baseline. Of course we can move apps to SD, but that won’t free up as much space as one thinks.
The phone is certainly one of the best phones available in the market in terms of the design, the features (especially the camera) and still easy on the pocket. This phone, being in the same range as the Lumia 520 and Moto E, gives features of phones in the same range as Lumia 620 and Moto G!
The cost of this phone is Rs. 7,499 INR (on Flipkart, SnapDeal and eBay). For the price, the phone is a very good buy indeed!