From past couple of months, the domestic smartphone maker Lava had been introducing several Fuel series devices that focus on offering long-lasting battery life. The brand was pretty much absent from the mid-range smartphone segment. However, the company recently got back into the game and introduced the Lava Icon. The phone offers premium metallic construction and is loaded with impressive features in sub-Rs 12,000 price range.
Along with the Lava Icon, the brand unveiled its customized Android skin called Star OS, which is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. If you are planning to purchase a mid-range device at a budget, let’s have a quick look on the features of the Icon.
Features of the Lava Icon smartphone
Design & Display
The Lava Icon is among the few best looking smartphones from the vendor till date. The phone offers a slim construction with metallic edges and a shiny back panel. The phone measures just 7.6mm around the waist, and is pretty light-weight at 148grams.
The smartphone offers a standard 5-inch IPS display bearing HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 294ppi to offer sharp text and lovely visuals. The device’s screen is protected by a layer of Asahi Dragontrail glass.
The Icon is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, which is a bit disappointing at this price range. The phone features good multi-tasking thanks to 2GB of RAM.
For storage needs, there’s handsome 16GB of internal memory on board, which can be further topped by up to another 32GB via a microSD card. Overall, the Lava Icon is loaded with not-so-impressive, but decent configuration.
The Lava Icon runs the brand’s new customised Star OS, which uses Android 4.4.2 KitKat as the base. The UI comes with a colourful theme, custom icons, and a handful of useful features.
The OS supports gestures, which allows you to draw letters on the screen to open the camera app or settings directly. Users can customise gestures for various applications to open them directly from the screen.
The Lava Icon offers impressive camera features. The device comes with a 13MP primary camera at the rear with a Sony Exmor R sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and a dual-LED flash to capture quality photos in low-light conditions. On the front for selfies, the Icon houses a 5MP secondary shooter.
Connectivity and Battery
On the connectivity front, the Lava Icon offers usual set of options including dual-SIM support, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and MediaTek’s NFC-alternative feature called HotKnot.
The phone houses a sound 2,500mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to nine hours of talk time on 3G and up to 20 hours of talk time on 3G networks.
Here’s a quick roundup of the main Lava Icon specs:
|Model|| LAVA Icon
|Display||5-inch HD touchscreen|
|OS||Android v4.4 (KitKat)|
|Processor||1.3 GHz, Quad Core|
|Storage capacity||16GB storage (expandable up to 32GB)|
The Lava Icon offers decent specifications and flaunts a nice design for a budget. The device is priced at Rs 11,990, and is available from the major brick and mortar stores across the country. The phone is also available online exclusively via Snapdeal, which is bundling the smartphone with a free selfie stick.
It is a decent offering for budget-conscious buyers with a good display, a decent processor, impressive camera features, and a sound battery. However, it faces stiff competition from the future-ready devices like the YU Yureka, Honor 4X, Lenovo A7000, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, which all offer 64-bit computing and support 4G LTE networks.