Lava has been one of the Indian smartphone manufacturing brands which always comes out with a new value. There are many powerful devices which Lava has released in the past. Lava may not have a big market like other big guns in Indian smartphone market, but it does get quite a good response from Indian customers. Lava Iris X9 is an upgraded model of Lava Iris X8, with a better display and camera. There is a 13-megapixel camera on the rear along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The specifications are excellent for a smartphone at such a low price, but rest depends on its performance. The battery of X9 is nonremovable. Let us see what this new device from Lava has more to offer./p>
The design of Lava Iris X9 is very attractive. It comes in a glossy bar form which is quite a delight for the eyes. At once, you might mistake it for Xiaomi Mi4 because the shape and design of this handset resemble a lot like the Chinese handset. Lava Iris X9 has many different specs. It is protected by a polycarbonate build and a metal body, which is not the case with Mi4. It is one of the significant differentiating features. The rear camera is on the top left corner, along with the dual flash. The speaker grill provided on the back, at the bottom, near the Lava logo. The proximity sensor and the front camera are on the either sides of the earpiece. The volume rocker and power buttons are on the right-hand side and are perfectly positioned. Not so far for the thumb to reach and not so close that it feels uncomfortable while using them. At the top, there is the usual 3.5 mm audio jack, but alongside it, there is the USB port for charging and data transfer. SIM trays and microSD slot are on the back panel. The battery is non-removable. All around, the design of Lava Iris X9 is pretty impressive. It looks sleek and thin. The display is 5.5 inch with IPS panel, which is perfect for watching videos and playing games. It offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which we think is low for a phone having such a big screen. It should have been 1080p, but the manufacturers decided to keep it only 720p. Lava Iris X9 is at a disadvantage in this aspect. The capacitive Android keys are right below the screen, which is thankfully backlit. Asahi Glass protects the screen.
Lava Iris X9 runs on 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, with a memory of 2GB. The 2 GB RAM keeps up the speed of the phone quite well, but sometimes while loading resource-apps like Messaging, it lags a bit. The Iris X9 has the latest Android Lollipop OS v5.1, which is not upgradable to Android Marshmallow. The internal memory of this smartphone is 16GB, which is quite good, and the best thing is, it’s expandable to 32GB via microSD card. It is a dual SIM phone, although only one of them supports 3G network. The secondary SIM only supports 2G, which is a drawback because the generation of smartphones is quickly moving towards 4G, and the people using the 2G network is decreasing rapidly. Iris X9 also has FM Radio, Wi-Fi, and GPS, along with Bluetooth 4.0. The performance of this phone is average because, despite having 2 GB RAM, it has the tendency to be a slower at times. The gaming performance was okay, while playing Asphalt 8: Airborne. The sound quality seems weak. The ringtones also have low volume. However, the voice quality of the earpiece was quite good.
The Lava Iris X9 is a successor of previously launched X8, and the main upgradations Lava has done in X9 is the camera. The primary camera is a 13 Megapixel autofocus camera, with BSI sensor having f2.0 aperture and 5P lens, along with a dual LED flash alongside it. On the front, there is an 8 Megapixel camera with BSI sensor and f2.4 aperture, which is quite impressive. The video recording capabilities are rather limited as the primary camera only offers a maximum of 720p resolution recording, and the secondary camera records videos at 480p maximum. The camera app offers various modes such as QR Code Scanner, Face Detection, Facebook Upload, HDR, Panorama Mode, Face Beauty Mode and Live Photo Mode. The primary camera seems good while reading the specs, but it is not that great in performance while taking photos. The picture quality of photos taken with the 13MP camera is not up to the standard. According to the user reviews, the camera does not even feel like a 13MP camera. It takes photos like a 5MP one. The pictures do not quite pop up as they should be according to a 13MP camera. It takes terrible indoor pictures and less than average outdoor photos. Here is the savior - the front camera is very impressive in this department. The front camera is best for selfies and takes excellent pictures. It takes excellent indoor and outdoor pictures as well.
The battery on the back of Lava Iris X9 is 2650mAh, which is a Lithium-ion battery. The battery backup is not up to the standards. On normal usage, the battery lasts for about 8 to 10 hours, and if you play some games or browse internet along with it, then the battery lasts for less than 6 hours. Lava could have improved in the battery department, but seems like they decided to save some money with it. The connectivity options are quite basic with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM Radio, and micro USB 2.0. The phone features dual-SIM 3G+2G.
This smartphone is well suited for those who expect budget smartphone which also has pretty much all features like a high budget phone. This smartphone has mostly managed to incorporate almost all features possible. But it lacks a lot in the main camera feature and bulkiness. Otherwise, this is a pretty good deal.