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Lava recently had launched a good number of smartphones revolving around similar features. Some of them were targeted towards the low end while others made it to the mid range category. Recently in April 2014, Lava had launched a budget Android smartphone dubbed as Lava Iris 406Q which the company claims to update to KitKat 4.4.2 very soon. The handset have been priced at Rs. 7,000 which is very competitive but observing the past, there were questions which were left unanswered until we reviewed this product. Read our detailed review to know more.

Design and Build

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Lava Iris 406Q is a budget Android smartphone so build quality is not expected here but Lava has done a decent job with designing this smartphone. It has a glossy finish all across which fits the buttons giving a false premium look. Iris 406Q has a noticeable thickness that can’t be neglected with the slim profile trending in the market.

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The left edge houses the volume rocker and the power/standby buttons while the microUSB and audio out are on the top. There are three capacitive touch buttons on the front below the display.

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Display

The Lava Iris 406Q features a 4-inch WVGA display with 480×800 pixels resolution. The display is average. On increasing the brightness the display kinda bleeds with different light intensities flashing at different levels. The touch response is fairly good comparing handsets with similar price points.

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Hardware:

Lava Iris 406Q is powered by a Snapdragon 200 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It comes with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory. It packs the Adreno 302 GPU and offers 3G, WiFi and GPS as connectivity options. It runs on a 1,700mAh battery and supports expandable memory up to 32GB via external microSD card.

Software:

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Iris 406Q runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system running stock rom with
minute app customizations. The company assured the KitKat update which shall arrive soon.

Camera:

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The smartphone comes with a 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera. Low cost has to effect something and camera modules being one of the investments are first to lineup for cutdown. The low-cost Android smartphone clicks average pictures with the 5MP rear camera and shoots HD videos at 30fps. Both the front-facing and rear camera come with fixed focus which further adds to the poor result.

Verdict:

Lava Mobiles have been slowly invading the budget market with their lengthy portfolio but they need to focus on after sales as well. Some of the handsets like this have the potential for sales but the quality check and after sales should not be questionable.

Iris 406Q is a good budget Android with quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory. The hardware specifications give 50percent satisfaction with the performance but that’s what we should expect from a 7k smartphone. Overall, you might want to look around if you want autofocus and a better build.

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Pros:

  • KitKat update
  • Hardware
  • Price

Cons:

  • Thickness
  • No Autofocus

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