In this year, there has been the launch of some good quality smartphones with OTG support. In fact, all the top manufacturers launched one or two smartphones with OTG feature including Lava. The Indian brand launched OTG supported Iris X5. The phone, however, is the successor of the very popular Iris X1 model.
The Lava phones come with some unique features that endear it to users. Currently, this smartphone is available for 7990 Rupees on the popular websites.
The smartphone features the typical look of Iris range with some noteworthy improvements. The back panel is made up of a smooth plastic that does feel premium, but that attracts fingerprint. You can be sure of a messy look after a couple of hours of usages. The sides get almost covered by the back panel because of which the phone gives a unibody feel. It also features dedicated touch capacitive buttons on the front, which do light up.
The display of the Lava Iris X5 is a big upgrade over the Iris X1 model. All the graphics look crispy and sharp on its 5 inch HD screen that has a high resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. However, Lava did miss the opportunity to shield the display with some protection.
Specifications camera and battery
All the processing is done by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, which gets a little help from a 1GB of RAM. The Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU can handle the graphics to a level, but the phone fails to give a smooth and lag free experience while multitasking and gaming. In fact, users will face some lag and frequent frame drops. Additionally, the limited internal storage of 8GB can be expanded up to 32 GB via micro SD card.
The 8MP camera at the back coupled with a dual LED flash is capable of taking some good quality shots. Output photos register in low light contain details even when that taken without LED flash. The rear camera, however, is capable of shooting 720P videos at 30 frames per second. Additionally, for selfie lovers, the front 5MP camera with single bulb LED flash will sound much attractive.
The Lava X5 is powered by a 2100mAh battery, which puts many customers in limbo. The HD display and the quad-core processor together will not let this phone stay active to the end of the day on a single charge.
The connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Radio also make their way into this phone. There are only two sensors available that are accelerometer and proximity sensor. The phone supports dual SIM cards wherein the first SIM can work on WCDMA networks.
High-speed OTG support
The key USP of the Iris X5 has to be the high-speed OTG support. Users can connect their pen drives using an OTG cable and enjoy uninterrupted file transfers and movie watching. Even though it houses a micro USB 2.0 port only, but because of a special technique used by this phone, the speed gets increased to a great level.
Like most of the newly launched smartphones from the Indian brand Lava, the Iris X5 runs on Android KitKat and upgradable to Android Lollipop. Even though the touch response is good, but the frequent lags can annoy many users.
- HD display with a pixel density of 294 PPI
- 8 MP rear and 5 MP front camera. Both camera pairs have LED flash feature enabled
- Solid and premium design
- High speed OTG support
- Only 2100mAh battery
- Although the phone has a quad-core processor, but the interface lags very much
The Lava Iris X5 is a great device for those who use USB storage to consume lots multimedia contents on smartphone. Additionally, it is a well made affordable smartphone if its multitasking performance is not an issue. The selfie crazy should also consider it as the front camera with LED flash is a pro feature on this phone.
|SIM||Dual, Regular+MicroGSM, 3G+3G; 3 Sensors, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, FM, USB|
|OS||Android Kitkat 4.4.2 upgradable to Lollipop|
|Screen||5 Inches, HD, 720×1280, 16M, 294 PPI|
|Processor||1.2GHz Quad Core Broadcom|
|Memory||1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SDcard Support|
|Camera||8 MP[P], 5 MP[F], 1080P Recording|