The Lava Iris X9 succeeds the Iris X8, a dual SIM smartphone with Octa core processor, launched last year. The Iris X9 was announced long back, but the brand made it available from this month. At the price of 10500 rupees, it is a great value for money dual SIM smartphone. Its impressive camera, fast processor, clear display are examples of what the brand Lava can deliver in a budget. If you are looking for a perfect dual SIM smartphone with a big screen, here it is.
Looking for a camera phone with excellent performance, consider this Lava device. I liked this big screen smartphone. Everything on this dual SIM Phablet is copacetic. However, I would not recommend it for hard gaming. For daily use and a working person, it is a fitting dual-SIM smartphone, however.
Not having a flip cover in the sales box is a bit disappointing. Lava has been generous towards customer by giving a quality flip cover in the sales box of other phone models. Then, Lava’s U-turn for flip cover is unfortunate. Smartphone, battery, charger, earphone, USB cable and warranty card are the things you get in the sales box of this 10000 Rupees smartphone.
► Lava Iris X9 Smartphone Build and Design
In terms of overall outer appearance, it looks quite bulky. Just a second, hold on my friend, this is not bulky rather a perfect phablet with a decent screen. I am a big fan of smartphones that have a big screen. Currently, I am using Doodle 3 and Sony T2 Ultra Dual. Both are big screen gadget. Lava has made it available only in white colour; therefore you do not have option to choose between colours variant.
A perfect phablet X9 is packed in solid craft that is full proof from all angles. Sudden fall – no problem dear, oh my god what happens when my baby throws it from bed – absolutely no problem. Its body or display all are made with full protection.
The Iris X9 reflects a rectangle shape wherein all corners are smooth and a metal strips covers all corner. Lava has done the best display management wherein the approach has been to cover as much as screen space is possible for display overlay.
In terms of all spots, we find all buttons are at the right side, speaker is placed at the rear and balance all things come to the front.
→ Lava Operating System Star OS
Lava has developed its own OS called the Star OS. This is pure waste of money. Lava’s sister brand XOLO had invested heavily in the HIVE – a custom operating system, which did not stand longer in the market. The Star OS is lite and better optimized than the HIVE. HIVE was too loaded and eating most of processor resources. Although I am admirer of default Android User interface, but the Star OS is like breath of fresh air.
What we have observed that the most of uniquely developed user interface and OS has been refreshed and re-deigned and converted into a polished and lite application. Recently, we had witnessed that the Sony has made significant improvement and made the Xperia user interface a simple and lite application. The same move has already been taken by LG. Now Lava or XOLO comes with a dedicated user face that is much more lite and fast than its previous approach.
I would like to admit that the Star OS is the first user interface has given me immense pleasure during navigation within the phone. Every time you rub on the screen, the apps gallery makes 180 degree flip and take you to next page of the app gallery. Lava integration some of unique app that helps the end user to save resources mostly consumed by applications running in the background. I will discuss that all this article.
In totality, we are giving full mark to Lava for this interesting user interface. I promise you are going to like it. Every time the screen flip will occur, you friend will pay curious attention to your phone. Also, Lava has blessed this smartphone with some intelligent apps such as Smart Flip and smart gesture control. The end user has option to set an icon to access this phone.
→ How reliable is the Performance of this Lava Smartphone?
The X9 is powered by a MediaTek quad core processor supported by Mali 400 MP2 GPU and a 2 GB RAM. Its standard performance is good and you will not be stopped by lag or application delay. However, playing a game like Modern combat 5 or Asphalt 8 is a painful experience. The running processor does not go along the demand and fire of an HD action game application. Yes, you can play bubble shooter, Temple Run 2 or other arcade games, which demands for less resource.
Those needs the best of gaming should avoid this smartphone and those needs a complete smartphone with all qualities should consider it. We can summarize this, gaming is tough, but the rest of operation and multitasking is lag-free thanks to 2 GB of RAM. Lava’s optimization led to assured consumption of 700 MB out of 2 GB RAM wherein approx 1.2 GB is free after the first boot.
Phone Booster: This is a popular concept app, a part of the user experience enhancement in the Star OS. This application lets you free-up RAM from a bunch of closed applications. We all aware that Android has a core problem whereas even closed applications continue to secure RAM. This is great application and an intelligent solution from Lava.
→ Memory Management on this Phablet
Wow! This is called a smartphone with complete specifications. While we are thrilled with a 2G RAM, 16 GB storage is like Gulam Jamun with Ice-cream. Out of 16 GB ROM, the end user gets share of approx 11.85 GB after the first boot. In my assumption, this ought to be sufficient storage. However, if you desire for more to store photos (camera performance is excellent), then you can go for a Transcend MicroSD card with a limit of 32 GB. I would suggest you take 16 GB card because 12 GB + 15.85 GB = 27.85 GB is quite sufficient for image store, music gallery and video collection. Do not waste your money. OK!
Display: The Iris X9 sports a 5.5 inches screen. Lava has utilized the screen in the best possible way for giving a 720P display, confused, HD display – now OK. This IPS LED display is piqued – wrong – improved – this is right word, so has a pixel density of 267 PPI seems quite realistic.
Thanks to the Star OS and 2 GB RAM, display response is awesome or blossom. Touch response is absolutely fantastic. No lag, no frame drop or application delay. Viewing angle is good, pixels are invisible and colours look perfect. Saturation little over and bright is like TouchWiz in a Samsung smartphone. We confirm that Lava has done great job in display side of this smartphone. In addition to this, Lava has used the best display protection solution – Asahi Dragontrail glass.
→ The Lava Smartphone Camera Feature
Most of Indian smartphones are “Paidal”. Hindi readers will be able to under meaning of “Paidal”. We always said that Lava and XOLO does pure justice with Camera feature in a smartphone. The story is repeated here.
The primary camera is a 13 MP auto focus does amazing photography and video recording with a 5P lens that is optimized for F2.0 Aperture supported by a BSI sensor and a dedicated camera application. There is further enhancement in form of the Blue Glass Filter. To make better photography absolutely possible, the rear shooter is backed by a super LED flash and power microphone to record voice during video recording.
Video recording is good, photography in natural light and in low light is also good. I do not think anyone with raise finger as far as the camera performance of the Iris X9 is concerned. Looking back to some of enabled camera features, we find features such as face detection, Geo-Tagging, HDR mode and touch to focus.
The 8 MP front facing selfie shooter camera is able to focus wide with a 4P Lens, BSI sensor and F2.4 Aperture. The front shooter is much more effect in producing great result than what we have seen a 11000 rupees smartphone. This magic is created because of BSI sensor and better aperture. It is not only focuses on your face rather all covers wide background that makes a selfie much more worthy than a regular one.
If you need a camera smartphone and does not want a Sony phone, then the Iris X9 is a good choice under 11000 rupees. We give full mark for camera performance.
→ HotKnot Connectivity and Entertainment Feature of this Lava Phone
The 10000 Rupees phablet also supports 850 MHz frequency. Therefore, to use in mountain reason or rural area where mobile towers remains far away from users’ location, this phone is perfect. Further, it works with 1G, 2G, and 3G networks. For wireless connectivity and internet access, it has standard Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot support and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Lava big screen smartphone supports HotKnot feature. Using which, you can share content between two HotKnot enabled devices. Closely resembles with NFC, the HotKnot feature is interesting. Just mere touch between the displays of two HotKnot powered devices starts secure connectivity bridge.
The number of sensors is also a perfect benchmark to measure a smartphone. Accelerometer, Light, and Proximity are three essential sensors making this phone indeed smart and multitasking. Moreover, it is not having sensors to make gaming exciting is further adding value to my assistant about this phone is that — it is not fit choice for hard gaming.
For entertainment, this Lava dual-SIM smartphone comes with Audio & video player with HD media playback, and fast FM tuner as well. Adding to that is the main speaker, which is extremely loud and clear. The level of BASS is excellent and sound does not muffle at low and high volume.
|SIM||Dual, Mini GSM, 3G+2G|
|OS||Android Lollipop 5.0.1|
|Screen||5.5 Inches, HD, IPS LCD, 267 PPI, Asahi Dragontrail glass|
|Processor||Ouad Core, 1.3 GHz, MediaTek|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 32GB SD card Support|
|Camera||13MP[P], 8MP[F], HD Recording, F/2.0/2.4 Aperture, BSI Sensor|
|Battery||3000 mAh, Non-Removable|
|Connectivity||3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB, FM|