Lava on last month released its low-end Android phone, called Lava Iris 506Q, and is promising Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. On display advertisements across the web, Lava is claiming “Guaranteed KitKat” upgrade for this otherwise low-cost, low-end Android phone that costs just Rs. 6,999 in Indian market. If you’re planning to buy an Android phone at this price range, the promised upgrade to KitKat and the 1 GB RAM that it comes with is definitely worth the purchase. Let’s see what it’s got under the hood.
Lava Iris 406Q Basic Configuration
Lava Iris 406Q is a dual-SIM smartphone that’s currently running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The 4-inch display packs a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. This 3G-supported phone is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset and 1 GB RAM. We should emphasize on the 1 GB RAM because most of the entry-level or low-priced smartphones come with 512 MB of RAM, which as we like to say results in endless suffering. Lava did a great job packing 1 GB RAM into this Iris 406Q Android phone. This alone makes this phone worth its price.
1 GB RAM and promised KitKat upgrade is more than you can ask for in a low-end Android phone
The phone has a 4GB of internal memory with the microSD card slot where you can plug a 32 GB memory card for additional storage. On the camera end, it has a 5 MP camera on the back with LED flash that is capable of shooting 720p video, and a VGA camera on the front. So your selfies may not be of best quality unless you opt to take them the old fashioned way (via the back camera).
Lava Iris 406Q has almost all the basic stuff that you might want such as GPS, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, FM Radio, etc. It comes with a 1700 mAh battery, which might not power your phone for that long time, especially when you’re on a 3G network or you’re playing games powered by the Adreno 302 GPU it’s equipped with. Then again, it’s an entry-level phone.
Should you buy it?
The phone is on sale in Indian market at rupees 6,999. If you have a similar budget and you can’t find a better phone (finding is your job, may we remind you, because only you know what you’re going to be doing with your phone), then this phone is pretty much near perfect for you. Two things that make us advice against phones are low RAM and slow processor. While the 1.2 GHz processor isn’t super fast on Lava Iris 406Q, it is a quad-core processor and it has a 1 GB RAM. Moreover, the company guarantees that an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade will be released. We think it’s enough to make us go all positive for this phone.
Are you going to buy an Android phone soon? What other phone could you compare this Lava Iris 406Q with? Let us know in the comments.