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Lava may not have a bigger market in comparison to Micromax, Samsung and Intex in the smartphone niche, but it does get a quite good response and plenty of attention from customers. The competitively priced phones and newly launched masterpieces (now and then) propel Lava to its zenith. Lava Pixel V2 is one of the mid-range devices having a 13-megapixel camera and with a flash at the front, as well at the back. It has a metal looking rim around it and a plastic body which feels good and feels like a premium device when you hold it. It is a dual SIM phone, and both of the SIM slots support 4G. The battery of the device is non-removable and has a capacity of 2500mAh. Let us take a look at Lava Pixel V2 in depth.
The design of Lava Pixel V2 defined in straight, sharp and straight lines. This phone has that look which closely resembles metal and ceramic. However, at its front and back, the phone is encased in plastic. Its edges are distinct and strong. The design of the phone makes it difficult to hold, and a lack of grip often experienced. Speakers propped at strange positions. This phone doesn’t have a bad look all around, but still, it doesn’t stand out in the crowd. The volume rocker and the power button are both on the right. The power button doesn’t have much of a tactile feedback and needs to be enforced with a little hard pressure so as to use. USB port for charging and data transfer placed at the bottom. On top, there’s the usual 3.5 mm audio jack. The speaker grill is on the back but put at the center. It is quite unusual and strange. On the top left, there’s primary camera equipped with the flash. SIM trays and microSD slot are under the back panel, where there’s also a visible battery but non-removable. The 5-inch display is 720 x 1280 pixel IPS LCD panel, which sounds good but isn’t much better regarding quality. It’s sharp but not up to the mark. Right below the screen, there are capacitive Android keys, which are backlit. Aesthetic appeal is prosaic.
The phone equipped with the MediaTek MT6735 SoC chipset. CPU used is Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53, along with the GPU Mali-T720MP2. It has a 2 GB RAM. But still, the phone has the tendency to be a little slow at times, especially while loading resource-heavy apps. The pixel V2 runs on Android 5.1 and is layered by Lava’s Star OS 2.0. It is a dual layered interface with app drawer and offers a lot of customization options for visual effects. Other than this, the software is quite basic and offers not much. The phone offers 4G capability and an excellent at holding onto the 4G and WiFi networks. Call quality through and without headphones is quite decent. However, the single speaker seems quite weak and results in soft and feeble voices. The benchmark results are just along the expected lines with other budget devices running on the same SoC. The scores are 24,607 in AnTuTu and 31,891 in Quadrant. Its Graphics benchmark results are lower than what one expects. Lava Pixel V2 got 8.5 fps in GFX Bench and only 3670 in 3DMark Ice Storm. The phone struggles with graphically intense tasks and shows weakness while trying heavily encoded videos.
The phone marketed as a value-oriented camera phone, which has a 13-megapixel primary camera with a dual LED flash. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel secondary camera which also features a flash alongside it. 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 is quite decent and is enough easy to use. Camera switcher and flash toggle buttons are easy to use. Shooting modes include not just the standard options like panorama and HDR but also some interesting software like wild selfie, which lets you record and stitch selfies together; GIF, sound picture, bokeh and the multi-angle view. These modes take interesting pictures which are impressing. Most of these modes are just for amusement, and their use in daily photography is not much. Picture quality is average. Pictures do not pop as expected. Details are also not so good. The phone was marketed as a camera phone and still the outdoor shots aren’t great, and could do better. Indoor shots are fine, though. The front cam is much better. It is more detailed than most of the other phones’ front camera, especially in this pricing tier. The flash is quite useful in taking selfies.
The phone packed with a 2500mAh nonremovable lithium polymer battery, which gets charged using a 5W charger. Battery life is just okay. The phone ran for only 8 hours and 11 minutes on the video loop test done by us. Also, while in ordinary usage, the battery was quick to lose charge, especially when the phone connected to a 4G network. The phone usually needs a power-charging service by evening. Overall, the battery is run-of-the-mill. The connectivity options are quite basic with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM Radio and recording, micro USB 2.0 and USB on-the-go. The phone features dual-SIM, and both of them offers 4G capability. There is no NFC though.
Regarding Pros and Cons, this phone has more Cons than it has Pros. But overall, the device doesn’t look too bad. It supports 4G and has acceptable cameras.WHAT WE LIKED
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