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Lava Iris Atom 2: A Lacklustre Android KitKat Smartphone For Rs. 4949

We have stated this time and again that 2015 is the year for the entry-level smartphone war. At a time when customers in India are being treated with superior performance, big bangs for your buck smartphones from Micromax, Xiaomi, Lenovo and Karbonn, Lava has launched a new competitor that pales in comparison to its opponents. The Lava Iris Atom 2 starts off great with its Rs. 4949 price tag and eye-catching iPhone-esqe looks but falls apart on closer inspection. For starters unlike its contemporaries which offer 5 inch 720p HD resolution displays, the Lava Iris Atom 2 sports a rather modest 4.5 inch FWVGA (854 x480 pixels) TFT panel display.

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If you thought that 512MB RAM equipped smartphones were a relic of the past, you would receive an unwelcome jolt if you buy a Lava Iris Atom 2. Underneath the hood of the Lava Iris Atom 2, the disappointment continues as we discover an unspecified 1.3GHz quad core processor along with 512 MB of RAM entrusted with the task of running Android KitKat 4.4 which the company promises is upgradable to Android Lollipop 5.0 in the future. Karbonn, the parent company of Lava should take note that Android 6.0 is on the horizon and try to bring this on their new smartphone. Moving on to the camera department, we find an underwhelming 5MP camera on the rear with Largan Lens and LED flash and a pathetic VGA sensor on the front.

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The sensor list gets a little worrisome as you find that the Lava Iris Atom 2 is missing GPS and has to make do with a dated Bluetooth 2.0. The saving grace here is that the Lava Iris Atom 2 Dual-SIM smartphone with 3G connectivity. The Lava Iris Atom 2 measures 134mm X 66mm X 9.15mm and weighs 130 grams and will be sold Black and White colour variant at retail as well as online stores. Our verdict on the Lava Iris Atom 2, stay away and go Micromax Canvas Spark, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Lenovo A6000 Plus or the Karbonn Titanium Mach Five. They are a tad expensive but worth the price.

Source: Lava Mobiles Blog and Lava Iris Atom 2 [Product Page]

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