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Lava on 07/01/2021 launched the Z1 which is a budget android smartphone in India priced at Rs.5,499 & these are my honest thoughts about it.
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1. Form Factor [8.4/10]
- Dimensions: 145.1 x 73.3 x 10.26 mm & Weight: 175 gms.
- Build: Corning Gorilla Glass 3 front, Plastic back & frame. It features MIL-STD-810H 516.6 certification for shock resistance which is great.
2. Performance [8.2/10]
Device comes with Mediatek Helio A20 12nm SOC & runs Android 10 Go Edition OS with stock android interface on top. The overall performance should be great as it features,
- 4 ARM-Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.8 Ghz with PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
- 2GB RAM & 16GB eMMC 5.1 Storage.
3. Features [8.2/10]
The device comes with great features which includes,
- Important sensors: Doesn't come with any important sensors like the fingerprint but comes with accelerometer.
- Connectivity options: Single-Band WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 5.0 (A2DP & LE), Micro USB port, GPS (A-GPS), Dual SIM (dual nano SIM, dual 4G, VoLTE) & dedicated Micro SD card slot.
- Audio features: Single speaker & 3.5mm headphone jack.
4. Battery [7.8/10]
Device comes with Li-Po 3100 mAh battery which does not support fast charging. The battery life should be pretty great as it features,
- Adequate battery size.
- 12nm fabrication of the SOC.
Battery Life Stats
SOT [Screen on Time]: Upto 6:30 hrs average.
Battery Life: Upto 1.5 days average.
5. Display [7/10]
Device comes with 5 inch display which should offer pretty good quality as it features,
- TFT LCD 60Hz refresh rate panel with FWVGA [480 X 854 pixels] resolution.
- Pretty good 193 ppi sharpness & 16:9 aspect ratio.
6. Camera [6.8/10]
Device comes with  rear cameras with LED flash &  front camera with LED flash. The overall camera quality [image & video] should be great [7.2/10] in day & good [6/10] in night as it features [camera features 0.2],
- Main: 5MP with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12 micron pixel & AF.
- Video recording options include HD [720p@30fps]. It features Beauty mode, Burst mode & Portrait mode.
- Front: 5MP with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12 micron pixel & FF.
- Video recording options include HD [720p@30fps].
7. Box Contents: Lava Z1 [Device itself], Adapter, Micro USB cable & Case.
9. Pros, Cons, GadgetGuruBN Product Rating & VFM Rating
|+ Great build||- Camera quality could be better|
|+ Great performance||- Display quality could be better|
|+ Great features||- No USB OTG & No fast charging|
|+ Pretty great battery||- Could have been more compact|
|+ Pretty good display|
|+ Pretty good camera|
1. Product Rating: 7.73/10.
2. VFM Rating: 7/10.
3. GadgetGuruBN Rating: 7.36/10.
10. Final Words
Summing up my thoughts the Lava Z1 is a pretty great smartphone at a pretty good price, Also do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
11. Why you should buy this smartphone?
If you are looking for a pretty great smartphone that offers great build, performance & features in the 5K budget than this smartphone might be the best option for you.